All of the stress and unknowns of buying a home can leave you wondering if it’s even worth it. Here’s why purchasing a home is one of the best decisions you can make for your long-term financial security:
You don’t have to put off buying your dream home. Most first-time buyers put down 5% or less of a down payment. Home prices will be going up, so now is the time to see if you are homebuyer ready!
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Insured by the Federal Housing Administration, FHA loans allow first-time homebuyers to get low mortgage rates with only a 3.5% down payment. You can also qualify for an FHA loan with a less than perfect credit.
VA Guaranteed Loans allow eligible active duty and veteran members of the military to purchase or refinance a home. These loans offer exceptional benefits such as low interest rates, no down payment, and no mortgage insurance. Veterans can use their VA eligibility more than once and have more than one VA loan at the same time.
Fannie Mae’s HomeReady and Freddie Mac’s Home Possible loans require a 3% down payment. They are ideal for first-time homebuyers with low to moderate income and credit scores higher than 620. Unlike FHA and USDA loans, these programs allow you to cancel the mortgage insurance once your home equity reaches 20%, providing you with lower monthly payments.
USDA mortgages are available in certain suburban and rural areas with no down payment and low mortgage insurance costs. The property must be in an eligible area and your family’s income must not exceed certain limits based on the location of the property and the number of members of your family.
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When you are searching for a home within your budget, chances are you won’t be able to find that perfect home with everything on your wishlist. You can, however, own an affordable property that grows with you and checks off your most important requirements.
It’s all too easy to jump into buying a home when you aren’t financially ready for the payments or mentally prepared for the responsibility. Make sure you’re truly prepared to take the leap into homeownership before you start touring homes with your realtor.
Although putting down a more substantial down payment will reduce the amount you have to borrow, it isn’t always the best option, particularly for first-time homebuyers. By the time you save up enough for the 20% down payment, home prices will rise, and you’ll no longer be able to afford the property. There are several low and no down payment options available to help you afford to buy a home soon than you think.
Finding an affordable long-term home can be incredibly overwhelming, especially if you have to make all the decisions by yourself. A realtor will guide you through the process, find properties within your budget, and help you avoid making costly mistakes. A good realtor knows your market and can provide you with insights that you can’t find online.
Once you have negotiated the terms of the purchase of your new home, it’s wise to hire a home inspector to ensure the home is in good condition. If there are significant issues with the home, you can negotiate to have the seller either make the needed repairs or provide you with a closing cost credit so that you will have money to make the repairs when you move in.
If your new home is in a community with an HOA or condo association, the seller is required to provide you with the association’s financial documents and requirements and restrictions for the neighborhood. You will have 72 hours to review these documents to confirm that the requirements and financial condition is acceptable to you. If not, you can get out of the contract and keep your earnest money deposit. If you have any concerns, consider talking to current residents to see how they feel about the neighborhood.
Before you start visiting open houses, download our free guide, 7 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Your Dream Home. In this guide, you’ll learn the top mistakes homebuyers make as they go through the home buying and mortgage process, as well as simple steps to avoid making them yourself.