If you have finally found a home that you want to call your own, it’s time to go ahead and make an offer. Buying a home is both exciting and scary; there are a lot of various options to consider. Getting help from experienced professionals is a wise move because they can provide some tips and ideas, which will benefit you.
Check the history of a house before you buy it. If it’s had water damage in the past it may be difficult to get home owner’s insurance. If you do find coverage, it may end up costing you quite a bit.
If you are purchasing a rental property with tenants, check their lease length and history. It is not unheard of for a person desperate to unload a property to find or hire short term renters to entice a buyer. Once the home is sold, you could be left scrambling to find new tenants.
Check the zoning on property you are looking to buy. Your plans for expansion, businesses or splitting lots might be prevented by the zoning your property sits on. Always check with city or county officials before buying a piece of property you plan on making major changes to.
Look into a “hard money” loan. If your intention is to purchase a property, put in a minimal amount of repair work and then to resell you might find that a hard money loan is a good financing option for you. This is especially true if you are a first time investor, or if your credit is poor. A hard money loan has a significantly higher cost than a traditional mortgage, and it is not meant to be a long term loan. You probably will only want to consider this option as a last resort after investigating all other financing options.
If you are in a bind and have to buy a home even though you have not sold your other home, make sure that you can afford to pay for both mortgages for quite a bit of time. This will keep you from getting into financial trouble with your original property.
When purchasing a property in a rural area, find out what your options are for internet connectivity. You may find yourself in an area unserved by DSL, or your property might be too far from the street for standard cable installation. Very rural areas might be served only by dial-up or satellite broadband.
When buying real estate, ask about a home warranty being included in the purchase. Buying a home is one of the largest purchases that many people will ever make. If you have a home warranty attached to the sale, when things break in the house, like the air conditioner, the appliances, and other key functions in the home will be fixed free of charge.
Look for alternative sources in reaching your down payment goal. Sometimes you may have the option to apply for government programs that will assist with the purchase. First time home buyers should always exercise this option, as it can save you an immense amount of money which can be used to begin your life in your new home.
Walk through the neighborhood before you sign a lease to decide whether you want to live there or not. Make sure there are no signs of criminal activity (graffiti on the walls, loitering gang members in the parking lots), and the neighborhood is relatively silent at night so you can have the rest you need.
Now that you have reviewed some of the good tips and ideas from the experts for purchasing a home, it’s time to move forward to that real estate purchase. You now have all of the information you need to work with a realtor to develop the sales contract and make the home yours.