As shared in the second edition of Your First Home, written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan:
“Buying a home is a big decision – particularly your first home – but it is one of the best choices anyone can make. It’s a place that is entirely your own. Something you can paint, renovate, and live a full life in. Secondly, the reality is that homes are an incredible way to accumulate generational wealth. Because home isn’t only where your heart is, it’s where your money is, too. There are few places you will treasure more than your home and no place that will add more to your personal treasury.”
While the prospect of homeownership is exciting, it can also be filled with complexities as you embark on the journey for the very first time. Yet, have no fear! Below you’ll find part one of a complete guide to first-time homebuying, courtesy of Your First Home.
When finished, head over to part two, here.
First-time homebuyer fears can range from “I can’t afford to buy a home” to “I can’t buy a home because my credit score is too bad.” While it can be natural to have these thoughts, it’s important to face fears with facts. Let's take affordability, for instance.
As Keller and Papasan write, “Until you do the math, you don’t know what you can or can’t afford. If you are currently paying rent, generally you can afford to buy. From a financial point of view, in the United States, the tax savings on mortgage interest alone usually make up most of the difference between rent and a mortgage payment – the tax write-offs you get at the end of year will generally help you save a significant amount of money.”
Whenever a fear comes to mind, explore with curiosity and get set on finding the facts.
The legal, financing, and regulatory aspects of real estate transactions are very involved. To provide as much protection as possible for you, it’s wise to find a licensed real estate agent. They will serve as an advocate for you and your interests throughout the entirety of the homebuying process. Their job is about much more than simply finding you the right home; it’s about listening to your needs, anticipating problems, and maintaining standards.
The main duties of your real estate agent include:
Here are a couple of questions to ask as you look for a real estate agent:
Because home isn’t only where your heart is, it’s where your money is, too. There are few places you will treasure more than your home and no place that will add more to your personal treasury.
Although virtually everyone finds the thought of owning their first home exciting, taking out a mortgage can be a daunting prospect. In general, you’ll probably discover that mortgage loans are less confusing than you might think. The differences between each type of mortgage loan boil down to four basic factors:
Related Reading: Navigating the Home Loan Process: A Step-By-Step Guide
Ready to learn more? Advance to Your First-Time Homebuyer’s Guide (Part Two) where we explore how to identify your home criteria and ultimately, find your home!
From beginning to end, Keller Mortgage professionals bring clarity and ease to the homebuying experience. Contact us today to begin the process or request more information. We recognize how special purchasing your first home is and are committed to helping you every step of the way!
In part two, we will explore three more components of the first-time homebuying experience so you can embark on it with ease and confidence. Each magnificent tip below is brought to you courtesy of Your First Home (Second Edition), authored by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.
In the third installment of this series, we’ll continue to add to your homebuying knowledge base with tips featured in Your First Home (Second Edition), written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.