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Buying Your First Home? Tips To Help You Through The Process

by Javier Carter

If you're ready to buy a home, now's the time to start doing your homework. You might think that the hardest part will be finding the right home. That's not necessarily the case though. The hardest part is avoiding mistakes along the way. If this is your first time buying a home, you might not be fully prepared for the process. Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid some of the mistakes. If this is your first time buying a home, read the list provided below.

Understand the Hidden Fees

If you're buying your first home, the first thing you need to do is create a working budget. You might think that you only need to worry about the monthly mortgage payments. But, there are other fees that you need to add to your budget. Some of these fees will be added to the loan, which can make your monthly mortgage payment go up. Other fees will be monthly bills that you need to add to the budget. These fees include council rates, stamp duty, and insurance. You'll also need to prepare for building and pest inspection fees. 

Think About Future Resale

Now that you're buying your first home, you might think that you're going to stay there forever. But, it's still a good idea to think about future resale when shopping for your new home. If you do end up selling your home, you want to know that you can get a good return on your investment. Some things to consider include location, building zones, and transport options. But, you should also consider the property itself. For instance, a home with a west-facing aspect might affect the resale value of your home. That's because the sun shines right through the windows. 

Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate

When it comes to buying your first home, be prepared to negotiate. You might think that you need to offer the asking price, but that's not necessarily true. In fact, negotiating the price could save you some money in the long run. But, before you start negotiating, make sure you know the market. Doing some research will give you a good idea of what the property is worth. That way, you know where to start your negotiations. 

Don't let house-buying turn into a headache. Use the tips provided here to make the process easier.

For questions about buying your first home, contact a real estate agent near you.