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People who own rather than rent stay in the homes 4 times longer. Opportunity to get to know your neighbors and connect with your local community.
Renting has often been compared to paying 100% interest, but when you own a home and a mortgage is in place, a portion of your payment goes toward the principal balance on your loan. This builds your equity and acts as a savings account.
Home values have a well documented history of going up over time. This increase becomes equity you can benefit from when you refinance or sell.
Research shows children of homeowners earn higher test scores and graduate at a higher percentage than those of renters.
The feeling of owning your own home is unmatched. You can fix it up. Make it your own, get a dog, or plant a tree if you want. Doesn’t that sound Exciting?
The government rewards homeowners by providing excellent tax benefits. The interest paid on your mortgage and other home-related expenses can generally be deducted from your income?
Buying Your First Home
We all know the old line about location, but buying a home takes research too!
Determining how much you can comfortably afford when buying a home depends on various factors, including your income, expenses, credit score, down payment, and the current mortgage interest rates. A common guideline is that your monthly housing costs (mortgage, property taxes, insurance, and any homeowners association fees) should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income. Additionally, your total debt-to-income ratio (including housing costs) should typically not exceed 36% of your gross monthly income.
To get a more accurate estimate, it’s advisable to consult with a financial advisor or mortgage lender who can consider your specific financial situation and provide you with a pre-approval or pre-qualification for a mortgage loan. This process will give you a better understanding of your budget and help you shop for a new construction home within your comfortable affordability range.
The amount of cash you’ll need to close when buying a home can vary depending on several factors, including the purchase price, your down payment, the type of mortgage you secure, and the closing costs associated with the transaction. Here’s a breakdown of the key components:
Down Payment: The down payment is a percentage of the home’s purchase price that you pay upfront. The typical down payment ranges from 3% to 20% or more of the purchase price, depending on the type of mortgage loan you qualify for and your preferences. For example, if the home costs $300,000, a 10% down payment would be $30,000.
Closing Costs: Closing costs include various fees associated with finalizing the home purchase. These fees typically range from 2% to 5% of the purchase price and can include items like appraisal fees, inspection fees, title insurance, lender fees, and prepaid property taxes and homeowners insurance. Using our $300,000 home example, closing costs of 3% would amount to $9,000.
Escrow Funds: Some lenders may require you to prepay property taxes and homeowners insurance into an escrow account at closing. The amount varies depending on your location and insurance rates.
Moving Expenses: Don’t forget to budget for moving expenses, which can vary widely depending on how far you’re moving and whether you hire professional movers.
Reserve Funds: Some lenders may require you to have a certain amount of money in reserve to cover a few months’ worth of mortgage payments as a safety net.
It’s essential to work closely with your lender and real estate agent to get an accurate estimate of your cash requirements for closing. They can provide you with a detailed breakdown based on your specific situation and the terms of your loan. Additionally, you may be able to negotiate with the seller to cover some of the closing costs as part of your purchase agreement.
Determining the type of property you really want involves considering your lifestyle, preferences, needs, and long-term goals. Here are some factors to help you identify the right property type:
Location: Think about where you want to live. Do you prefer a bustling city, a quiet suburban neighborhood, or a rural setting? Consider proximity to work, schools, family, and amenities.
Property Size: Consider the size of the property you need. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you require? Do you want a spacious yard or a low-maintenance lot?
Home Style: What architectural style appeals to you? Some common options include single-family homes, townhouses, condos, or apartments.
Amenities: Consider the amenities that matter most to you. This could include a garage, a pool, a backyard, a balcony, or proximity to parks and recreational areas.
Budget: Be realistic about your budget. The type of property you can afford will influence your decision. Ensure it aligns with your financial goals and doesn’t stretch you too thin.
Future Plans: Think about your long-term plans. Are you looking for a starter home, an investment property, or a forever home? Your future goals may influence your property choice.
Maintenance: Consider how much maintenance you’re willing to undertake. Single-family homes typically require more upkeep than condos or apartments.
Community and Neighborhood: Research the community and neighborhood. Consider factors like school quality, safety, and local amenities.
Resale Value: Think about the property’s potential resale value. Even if it’s your dream home now, you might want to move someday, so consider its attractiveness to future buyers.
Environmental Considerations: Consider any environmental factors that matter to you, such as proximity to green spaces, eco-friendly features, or energy efficiency.
Commute: Evaluate your daily commute and transportation options. How far are you willing to travel to work or other essential places?
Family Needs: If you have a family or plan to start one, think about their needs and preferences. Schools, parks, and safety become more critical.
Investment Goals: If you’re buying as an investment, research potential rental income and property appreciation in the area.
It’s crucial to make a list of your priorities and non-negotiables when it comes to property type and features. Then, work closely with a Pinnacle Realty agent who can help you find properties that align with your preferences and budget. Additionally, visiting open houses and exploring different neighborhoods can provide valuable insights into what kind of property truly suits your needs and lifestyle.
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