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Friday, October 26, 2007

Time to Buy a Home?

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If you've been thinking about taking the plunge and buying a home, this just might be your opportunity. In many areas of the country, such as the Scottsdale real estate market, there are more houses available than there are buyers, making this a buyer's market where sellers, desperate to sell their homes, are willing to make concessions they would not consider in a seller's market.

The recently lowered interest rates are also enticing to potential buyers, but lenders have tightened their guidelines in an attempt to cut down on their risk of customers defaulting on their loans, making it more difficult for wannabe buyers to qualify for a loan.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, here are some steps you should take now:
  • look at your credit report to see what is in it so that you can correct any mistakes before going to a lender.
  • determine what you can realistically afford to pay each month. (Don't forget that figure should include a monthly escrow for taxes and insurance.) The bank may be willing to loan you more money than you feel you can afford. Don't accept the extra money; living within your means is one way to avoid financial difficulties, which could include foreclosure.
  • determine how much you can put down on a house. There are programs to help first-time home buyers acquire a home using very little of their own money, but there are normally extra fees attached which will raise the monthly payment.
  • research the different mortgage types available: ARM, fixed, no interest, balloon.
Homeowner is an exciting status to achieve, but be smart and don't create trouble for you and your family.

3 comments:

1st Time Home buyers said...

good points....a lot of 1st time home buyers leave this to the lender and need to be educated about this before purchasing a home

Revka said...

Hi, 1st time home buyers. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

I wrote from my experiences as a former loan processor, real estate secretary, and, most importantly, two-time home buyer. Purchasing a home is a lot more involved than people who have never done it think.

I'm glad you linked to your website. You have good information there.

Have a great day and stop by any time. :)

jen said...

Ive tagged you
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