There are many things to know if you are buying Cape Coral properties or any property for that matter. We have checked the common areas buyers are having trouble with when looking to purchase a home. The following list will aid a first time home buyer with identifying the basics you want to have in place before looking for a house:
Being ready when buying a house – Being ready to buy a home starts with not only being financially ready but emotionally and physically ready as well. Without a stable income is the obvious reason for not being ready, but also home ownership is a lot more responsibility than a rental or what one might have been responsible for while still living home with their parents. Be ready for the smaller charges that will add up when owning a home, like lawn maintenance, watering, fertilizing and the like. Be prepared for unexpected repairs on items that break and need immediate attention. Make sure you are emotionally prepared and have the desire to maintain your own home or, have the additional income that can cover hiring professional help to maintain your property for you.
Being pre-approved for a home loan – The worse thing a first time buyer can do is start looking for Cape Coral properties, falling in love with a property and then finding out they are unable to afford a loan on the house of their dreams. It’s much easier to speak with a loan officer first to determine the appropriate spending limits and then work within that number when searching for a property.
Having a detailed budget – A good understanding on what to expect after the closing of a newly purchased property is imperative so as to not run into any major surprises. Write down a scenario of all the expenses you may encounter during a typical month of homeownership and use this as your budget and guideline after speaking with a loan officer. Within the monthly budget incorporate what the loan officer advised your estimated monthly home mortgage payment might be and use that as a basis on what you can truly afford.
How much can I afford? – It’s a common error with new home buyers that when they are told they can afford up to a certain amount of home, they typically take that magic number and find a house at that price thus maxing out their finances from the start. Make a realistic estimate based on what was advised can be afforded and try to stay below that number. The beauty of looking at Cape Coral properties at this time is the many financial benefits of both the location as well as the financial investment due to the prices being so much lower than what the homes are actually worth.
Researching about the area –One of the biggest mistakes people can make is not thoroughly researching an area to make sure it’s a place they want to live. Some impulse buy due to a great “bargain” they can get on a home when in all actuality the area in which they purchase the home doesn’t really appeal to them
After checking the initial criteria above, and have now chosen the house to place an offer on, the following tips should be checked next:
Does the house suit your current and future needs? If you may be changing jobs in the near future, or planning to start a family, you need to factor this into the area that you will pick and the size of the house you buy.
Have you inspected the house at least 2-3 times? Most home buyers made mistakes by buying new house after inspecting it only once – only to find out many problems with the property once they bought it.
Have you checked the neighborhood? There is important information that you would only get from the neighbors – bad neighbors and problems that you might only notice after moving in. This is an important point on house buying, as most buyers forget to check the neighborhood.
Have you got a plan on how to make an offer?Negotiating well is part of a successful purchase. Make sure you have the aid of a professional like Carney Properties who can assist you through this process successfully and effortlessly.
Just follow this house buying checklist and if you are ready, contact us without the common mistakes that many people make!