First Time Buyer? Remember These Things

By: John Mejia

There are a huge number of concerns when you buy a home. If it is the first time you have purchased a property, much of the process will be pretty confusing. In fact, the process does not really get any less confusing with the ever-changing nature of the real estate industry. This is one of the reasons that it is essential to work with a realtor who stays on top of what is happening in this dynamic industry. Only realtors are constantly educating themselves on the evolving realities of the current real estate market. Sellers and buyers only have so much access to information regarding market trends and changes and indeed this info usually comes from a real estate professional.

One thing that most first time buyers are unsure of is the necessary amount for a down payment.

Now, depending on the financing options you are considering down payments can be as little as nothing at all or as high as the entire purchase price of the home. However, the latter is hardly ever the case in a world where homes cost a fair bit. Nothing down! Careful, home financing plans where no down payment is required can be chancy. It's better to to go down with between 5 and 10% of the purchase price. Some lender will accept 3% as well. Remember that the lower your down payment amount, the higher your monthly payments are likely to be.

Credit scores are also an important part of this process as your score will dictate the financing options available to you. It is possible to purchase a home with damaged credit. If this applies to you then you may want to consider seeking out a lender that will help you repair your credit before you arrange the actual financing of the home. As stated before, the higher your score, the better the loan programs that will be available to you. Make sure that you take note of every aspect of your home loan. Be sure that you know every clause and aspect of your loan before you sign it, it is your responsibility to be "in the know" about your home loan.

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