Am I Ready to Buy a Home?
Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Coming to the decision to buy a home takes serious consideration and, often times, expert advice! If you’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing a home of your own, there are a few things you should consider before taking the plunge:

You want to buy a home

It may seem obvious, but having a desire to purchase a home is the first sign you’re ready. If you have always rented in the past, you may want a housing option that you have control over. It is a transition to be fully in charge of your home without a landlord to go to with issues. This means you will be in charge of repairs, but you also have the opportunity to build something that is genuinely yours. Everyone has their own reasons for why they want to buy a home but knowing what’s ahead will help make the process easier.

 You know how to save

Purchasing a home requires much more than just a down payment. There are plenty of upfront costs to consider when you decide to buy a home. Form appraisals, closing costs, and inspections can eat at your budget. Be sure that you make proper preparations for these expenses. Having someone looking out for your interests, such as a real estate attorney, can help make sure these expenses are fair. Your assets can play a crucial role in helping you secure a loan, so even if you are mentally ready to purchase a home – make sure you are financially-ready as well.

 You have a solid credit score

 If you are taking out a loan you will need to meet a lender’s qualifying credit score. Each lender will have their own rates that they consider. A good credit score can give you lower interest rates. This can end up saving you thousands of dollars over the duration of the loan. Building up and maintaining a good credit score is critical to negotiating a loan. You can monitor your credit score and point out any discrepancies if you find them.

 You know your finances

Securing the funds to purchase a home is the biggest hurdle to jump. But you will also have to maintain your home and keep up with your mortgage payments, too. Your budget may have to be tweaked or you may need to acquire a bigger income. Working out your finances ahead of time can avoid future problems and help you avoid taking on debt.

You’ve considered mortgage options

There are multiple financing options for buying a home. You should know the basics about mortgage options, but having an expert is recommended. Hiring a real estate lawyer can avoid some of the headaches. Real estate lawyers can help you understand the terms of your contract and figure out your legal documents. Citizens Law Group LTD. has experienced attorneys that want to help you embark on the journey of purchasing your home. Contact us today to see how we can help you!