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Ready to Buy Your First Home?

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 162

Tired of renting an apartment or living at home with the parents? If you've been setting some money aside and are ready to become a homeowner, there are some steps that you will need to take before just jumping in and finding your dream home to buy.

Step 1: Plan The first big step is to set your goals and plan for your big purchase. Make up a budget and determine how much you can afford to spend each month on your mortgage. Think about future expenses as well, such as starting a family. If possible, save at least 20% of the home's purchase price for the deposit. The more saved to put towards the deposit, the less you'll have to borrow, so save as much as possible for this. Only borrow money that you can realistically afford to pay each month for your payment.

Step 2: Find Your Future Home This is the fun step! Get out there and find your future home. Drive around the area you want to live in and see if there are signs up for sale on any properties that interest you. Realtors that have listings in the area you want to live in often have a good background with other sales in the area, so seek them out for further help and also to show you other listings of property that you wouldn't find on your own.

If you find one on your own or with a realtor, be sure to always have it inspected to ensure that you won't have hidden hazards or problems that you may not have noticed.

Step 3: Apply for the Loan Once you've found the perfect house, you'll need to find a loan that works with your situation. You'll need to provide the lender with your income, other monthly expenses, and your assets (such as other properties, vehicles, investments, and even bank accounts). You'll also need to show the lender your other financial loans and credit cards.

If the loan doesn't cover all of the expenses you need for the home, you could try buying the home for less money, but you'll likely have to either adjust your budget - or find a new house.

If you are a first time home owner, you may qualify for the "First Home Owner Grant." If you qualify, be sure to take advantage of this. This grant helps to assist the new homeowners by offsetting the "Goods and Services Tax" which was added in 2000.

Step 4: Buy Your First Home! If you've made it to this step, that means you found a home and were approved for the loan. All that is left to do now is to buy the property. Your realtor and lender will help you through this process, making sure that all of the contracts are verified and all of the paperwork is going through properly.

Depending on the contract, you'll need to meet with the seller to complete the purchase and sign more contracts. On the day of the settlement, after everything is signed and completed, you'll get the keys and you can start moving into your new home!

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