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Tips for First-Time Buyers

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Buying a home for the first time can often seem tedious and overwhelming, especially for first-timers. A home purchase is one of the biggest transactions in your lifetime, so you want to make sure everything goes smoothly and according to plan.

Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind when buying a home for the first time:

Get in touch with a mortgage banker

When buying a home, this is one of the best things you can do at the start of the process. Almost everything – your purchasing ability, your decisions, and your overall experience will be influenced significantly by your loan officer or mortgage banker. Before looking through listings, you should know how much you can afford, which is something a mortgage banker can help you with. He or she will recommend loan programs that will meet your personal and financial goals, which is a good way for you to start the buying process.

Work with a realtor

Look for an experienced realtor with the skills to help you fulfill your real estate goals. Discuss your objectives and requirements, ask questions, and find out how your realtor approaches the challenge of finding you a home that fits your lifestyle.

Always respond in a timely manner

Throughout the home buying process, you will need to answer calls, attend meetings, and submit several documents. Even a slight delay can be the difference between you or another buyer getting the house. Failure to produce necessary documents can also delay your purchase by a number of days or weeks. Your purchase should be your top priority, so make sure you respond to requests as soon as possible.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

A home purchase is a huge deal, so don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have, no matter how insignificant. Buying a home is a binding legal commitment, which means you need to fully understand every detail of the transaction. The worst situation a buyer can experience is to close, obtain the keys to the new home, and encounter unpleasant surprises once everything’s settled.

Get homeowner’s insurance

You can’t finalize your home purchase when you don’t have homeowner’s insurance, so you may want to consider getting it during the early stages. Identify the deductibles, which aspects are not covered by the policy, and how often payments are collected. In case your home is in a flood-prone or elemental hazard area, you may want to consider purchasing an additional policy to cover damages.

Think outside the box

You might end up with a better home than what you’ve originally planned for if you’re willing to think creatively. Consider other neighborhood options, ask family for assistance on down payment, or look at other property types – you never know what you may end up with if you try to think outside the box

Ready to start your search for the perfect home in Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Sayreville, or other nearby communities? Get in touch with us at Formula Realty by calling 732-210-2358 or sending an email to contact(at)formularealty(dotted)com