You might have been hearing about how the current economy is making real estate a buyer’s market, but do you know how to use this to your advantage? This article has advice on how to approach buying real estate in a logical manner that will make sure you get what you want at a price you can afford.
If you need first months rent, last months rent and a deposit, in order to rent a property, ask the landlord about possibly paying the last months rent over time.
By adding a couple hundred dollars to each month’s payment, you can get that new place, without having to have all of the money up front.
Be cautious when hiring a home inspector. Get recommendations from friends and family, and it is usually wise to hire your own inspector, even if the seller offers to have it inspected. Do not go with the first inspector you find, call and interview at least three so you can be confident in your choice.
When buying a home make sure to find a realtor that specializes in working with home buyers. Many real estate agents are in fact seller’s agents and are trying to sell the home for the current owner. Therefore, their primary goal is to help the seller. Find someone who will focus on helping you and you’ll get a better selection of homes to start looking at.
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.
If you have kids and are looking at buying a house, try to include your children during the search process. So much of their life will be changing with the move and by including them in the search you will make the transition a little bit easier. They will feel like they can have some sort of input in the change.
Thoroughly check your area around your potential home if you are going to buy real estate. It is important to know what the crime rate is, and it is good to know if there are any sex offenders in the area, as this can significantly lower the price you would be paying for the home.
When trying to find out how much you can afford to pay for a home, you will need to take your gross income, funds available for a down payment, closing costs, and cash reserves that will be required by a lender into consideration. Many lenders will use the housing expense to income ratio to calculate how much you will be able to afford to make payments on.
Before purchasing a house, look for any problems you can find. Try and get the seller to fix as many as these problems as you can before you purchase the house. The more the seller fixes, the less you have to fix. If you’re trying to flip the house, that means less money that you need to put into it.
By John Hester