A GUIDE FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS

Posted by DB Wilson on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 1:27pm.

Today’s market is ripe with opportunities for first-time homebuyers. Shopping for and purchasing your first home is an exciting time, but before you begin looking, make sure you’re completely prepared and know what to expect. The following steps will help get you ready to make that big purchase.

Step 1: Freshen up your Finances.
Before you dive into the exciting part of home-buying—the search!—make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Figuring out your finances and crunching some numbers will allow you to set a realistic budget.

Step 2: Secure a Loan.
After you get your finances in order, talk to lenders and mortgage brokers. It’s important to shop around to get the lowest interest and overall best deal possible. Make sure you understand all of the fees involved before diving into anything.

Step 3: Map out your Criteria.
Now that you have your finances figured out and a loan set up, it’s time to begin your search—from home! With a plethora of online home-buying tools at your fingertips, it’s relatively easy to map out different types of homes and neighborhoods and find what is right for you. Make big decisions—like urban versus suburban settings, an estimated property size and neighborhood requirements—before you start to physically look at properties. This will save time and energy for both you and your Agent.

Step 4: Take Notes.
On your own or with the help of an Agent, you’ve found some houses you’re interested in looking at. Don’t venture out without a pen, paper and camera. Often when searching for a home you are shown many at once. Keeping track of important details by taking notes and pictures will help you differentiate between the properties later, and help you weed out the homes you were not interested in.  It is also a good idea to come with a list of questions ready, and be sure to scope out the neighborhood by driving around for a bit. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a house only to find it’s down the block from an extremely noisy restaurant or industrial plant.

Step 5: Close that Deal!
So you’ve found a home you love? Don’t wait around. I’ve seen many first-time buyers miss out on a home because they got cold feet and continued shopping around. By the time they realized they weren’t going to find a better fit, someone else had already made an offer! Like the perfect pair of shoes, you will know when you’ve found the right match. Make an offer, and be ready to negotiate. Once a deal has been made, thoroughly read the contract and make sure you understand everything before you sign. Next, it’s time to begin with the appraisal and home inspection process.

For more information on purchasing your first home, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000 or RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc..

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in both National Real Estate & Relocation and Real Trends magazines. Regionally, for the 4th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder

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