PREPARING TO BUY HOME
- Plan to Buy a Home in an Area You Intend to Stay
- Check Your Credit
- Calculate your Finances
- Hire a Professional
- Do your Homework
COMMON BUYERS MISTAKES
For the first time homeowner, the whole prospect of investing in a home of their very own can be very exciting, and very intimidating. Knowing some of the more common mistakes that real estate investors have made in the past can keep the new homebuyer from repeating these errors. Purchasing a home is the largest investment that over ninety percent of homeowners will ever make in their lives.
A very common mistake made by many real estate investors is actually not so very severe. It will however, cost them valuable time and many headaches which could otherwise be easily avoided. Most potential homeowners want to run right out and find their dream house before they worry about financing. While the emotional effects can be devastating to some people, the actual financial repercussions are not so severe. Still, sleeping in an apartment dreaming of a home that an investor may or may not ever be able to purchase is something many people would prefer to avoid.
When seeking out opportunities for real estate investment, whether for a primary residence or a secondary investment property, the real estate investor should always seek financing before looking for a new home. Unless the investor has a substantial financial holdings at hand and excellent credit, it is not likely that they will be pre-approved for any set amount. However, this will give the potential homeowner a better idea of how much home they can afford and let them seek out the best value for their money.
While the home that you have found may be the home of your dreams, why would you want to set yourself up for failure or disappointment? Knowing the approximate amount that you can feasibly receive financing for will allow you to narrow down your search to homes that will fit into your allotted budget and houses that you can be certain you are able to purchase.
On the other side of the aisle, what if the potential real estate investor is seeking only a modest home, believing that it will be easier to obtain good mortgage rates and financing for a smaller house. After having spent so much money on escrow, closing, appraisals and the other costs of investing in real property, they then discover that they could have purchased the home that they really wanted if only they would have known.
The wise real estate investor will find out at least an approximation of how much they can spend before they do any actual spending or investing. Knowing how much home can be afforded will set the homebuyer up to succeed more easily and be less likely to be faced with harsh, unexpected realities and difficulties in regards to home financing. Real estate investment is a great means of building up personal assets and a viable means to provide additional income. Knowing how to invest your finances properly in the real estate market is going to be a determining factor in the success or failure of your financial portfolio.