If you have been considering buying your first home buy aren’t sure where to start, you’re in the right place! This 14-part series will walk you through the process, so that when you are ready to buy your first home, you will know exactly what to do.
Today’s market is a challenging one to compete in. This weekly series will send you tips and tricks to apply to your home search to ensure that you make no mistakes, and come out on top. I will be delivering it in a step-by-step order of the home buying process, so you will know exactly what to do, and when to do it.
My hope with this series is to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and unsure about your home search and conquer any fears that you may have about the process.
Here are the topics we will be discussing in this series:
Week 1: A First-Timer’s Guide
An introduction to this Love Buying a Home series (what you’re reading right now!). It gives a breakdown of all the topics week-by-week. Keep on reading below for more information about this great series for first-time buyers.
Week 2: How to Find the Very Best Buyer’s Agent For You
You want to choose a real estate agent who is the right person to represent YOU through the many steps in buying a home. Think about what’s important to you and what you are looking for in a home and then make sure your agent has experience that meets these specific needs and goals.
Week 3: How Your Needs and Desires Lead to “Home Sweet Home”
You’ll get a breakdown of the honest questions no one else is asking you about your home search, and the exact questions you need to ask yourself BEFORE you start house hunting. This list goes way beyond how many bedrooms and baths you want. You’ll learn that this often overlooked step will determine everything that happens during your entire home-buying experience.
Week 4: Do the Math – A Mortgage You Can Afford
Figure out how much home you REALLY can afford! You’ll get a formula for determining how to arrive at the exact price range that works for your budget to get a home you love that doesn’t change your current lifestyle. No buyer wants to be stretched too thin (or be shortchanged!). Learn how to do the math so you know the monthly payment for every home you see out there.
Week 5: Where to Find Money for Your Down Payment
Learn all the secret ways to get more bang for your down-payment buck. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, I want to make sure you aren’t putting every dollar you have into being a homeowner. You’ll figure out what the “right” down payment amount is for your goals and budget, and learn how to find cash if you don’t have enough funds in your personal savings.
Week 6: Five Steps to Obtaining a Mortgage
Have you ever tried to make sense of all the mortgage options available out there? It’s definitely not “one-size-fits-all” these days. You’ll get a rundown of the various mortgage options out there and also the low down on private mortgage insurance (PMI) and why you may need it (and why it’s not all that bad!). Once you’re pre-approved for a loan, you’re ready to seriously start looking at homes.
Week 7: It’s the Fun “House Hunting” Guide
House hunting can be fun, but it also can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Find out the ways you can shop productively (and strategically!) with tactics that will streamline your search. You’ll know what to look for and what to stay away from, the pros and cons of condos and townhomes, and the real deal with “as is” homes.
Week 8: Make a Winning Offer Without Going Overboard
You’ve found a home you love and want to buy, but what’s next? No worries since we’ve got all the steps covered: figuring out your offer price, determining your earnest money deposit, some clever negotiation tactics, and even how to compete with multiple offers.
Week 9: What You MUST Do When Going Under Contract
Did you know that you have to wait until after you are under contract until you can lock in your interest rate? (See, you are already learning something!) Here’s how to work with your lender so you avoid any possible fluctuations and more money out of your pocket. Plus, the bank or lender loaning your money requires you to get the home appraised at this time, and here’s the scoop on that.
Week 10: How to Navigate Your Home Inspection
You don’t want any surprises after you move in, right?! Both old and new homes should be inspected. Here’s the breakdown of what to expect during your home inspection, the most important parts of an examination, and also what to do if any red flags arise.
Week 11: Review Those HOA Docs… Or Else!
This step happens AFTER you are under contract. Seems backwards, but that’s how the process works. You’ll only have a few days to read sometimes hundreds of pages of documents so this handy guide will help prepare you. Purchasing a condo unit is like buying into a business, so you need to how financially sound the entire condo community is before you finalized your contract.
Week 12: Week 12: Almost There … Pre-Closing Details for Buyers
You have a few more details to handle before the big day and here’s a breakdown of what’s next on your list, such as obtaining hazard insurance and a home warranty (and why), and when/how to connect utilities for your new home. You want to be prepared and ready to ensure a smooth transition to becoming the owner of this home.
Week 13: How to Have a Stress Free Settlement Day
You’ve finally made it! But, there are still lots of items to cross off your to-do list, including your walk-through, getting title insurance, and your closing costs. This handy list will make sure you’re prepared and ready for this eventful day, so that it ends with your new home’s keys in your hand.
Week 14: BONUS WEEK! How to Maintain Your New Home
Here’s all you need to know as a new homeowner. When you walk through that front door, your life changes and you’re now responsible for everything (not a landlord!) Paying the electric bill, keeping home and repair documents organized, understanding how your home works (furnace, water heater) and making sure you schedule in regular maintenance and upkeep (HVAC and more) throughout the year.
I hope that this series gives you the confidence you need to buy your first home, and that you enjoy this weekly series and learn a lot. Each buyer has their own unique circumstances and I’d love to talk to you about yours. Together, we can put together a plan for how to make your first home a reality. Be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two to three months (or more if possible!) before you’d want to start looking for a home so we can get all your ducks in a row well before we start seeing homes!
I'm McCall Carter and I love helping first time home buyers make their first home more affordable and I love helping sellers looking to move up to their forever home. Let me know how I can help you make your real estate dreams come true.
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