7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Home

Purchasing your first home can be one of the most significant financial transactions you will ever make. Taking the time to answer some questions will help you determine whether you’re truly ready to buy and whether you need to make any financial adjustments before making the big move.

Before you take the plunge, think about the following points.

1. What Are Your Reasons for Buying a Home?

Make certain that your reasons for buying a home are reasonable. According to recent data, many millennial homeowners regret buying their homes. Conduct research to determine the validity of your reasoning. If you’re thinking about buying a house because you think it’ll be less expensive than renting, you should think again because that isn’t always the case.

2. How Long Will You Be Living in the Area?

Because of circumstances in your life, the answer to this question may change unexpectedly. However, you should ideally stay in your first home for at least three to five years before moving again. Typically, you’ll need to stay that long to break even on your mortgage.

If you know you will be transferring to a new area or moving to a larger home within a year, it may be best to postpone your home purchase. This delay will allow you to save more money for a larger down payment, which may make it easier for you to afford the home you want.

3. How Much Can You Afford to Pay?

Your total monthly debt payments, including the mortgage, should not be more than 33% of your gross income. If you go above what you can afford to pay, you risk losing your home, so be realistic about it. If you can’t afford the house you want, you could consider renting it out for a while longer or looking for something more affordable.

4. Do You Have a Credible Real Estate Agent?

A good real estate agent can make a significant difference in the ease with which you can find and purchase a home. They must be willing to learn about your wants and needs, and they must be well-versed in the local market. Make sure you’re a good fit before hiring a real estate agent to work with. Interview the real estate agent and bring a list of questions with you to ensure they can meet your needs.


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5. How Are You Financing the Loan?

Take into account the loan’s term. You can get a mortgage for 10, 15, 20, or 30 years. The longer the term, the lower your monthly payments, but the more interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan. You should not buy a home if you are financing with an ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage). Your interest rate will rise, causing your payments to rise as well, making it difficult to keep up. Your equity may not grow fast enough to allow you to refinance before the rate changes take effect.

6. Did the Home Pass Inspection?

Before you buy, make certain that the house has passed all inspections. This step will protect you from any costly surprises after you buy the house.

You may be able to include a home inspection contingency in your purchase contract, depending on where you buy the home. If the house fails inspection, you may be able to cancel the sale or negotiate repairs with one of these.

7. Are You Ready for the Responsibility?

When you become a homeowner, you are responsible for many issues that a landlord normally handles when you rent, such as dealing with repairs when the furnace breaks or the refrigerator dies.

To prepare for this, you should have a home repair fund set up before you buy, with a minimum of $5,000. If you can’t afford a house payment, you’re probably not ready and should put off buying a house. Additionally, ensure that you can afford your home insurance in addition to your mortgage payment, as well as any additional costs such as purchasing new furniture or painting. Do not fall victim to pressure to purchase a home before you are ready. You can decide whether to rent or buy every year until you feel ready.


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