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Buying a Home 101

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/21/2006 | Real Estate
Whether it's your first time buying a home or not, you should familiarize yourself with the whole mortgage process. Numerous mortgage lenders will assist you in the process of acquiring a pre-qualified and pre-approved home buying application. Of course, your mortgage qualifications will be required by your agent to strengthen your deal in finding and buying a home.

Here are some things to consider when buying a home.

- Money

Before buying a home, consider your financial status. Check your credit situation by getting hold of your most recent credit report at the credit center. You should know exactly how much money you have and how much you can afford to spend on a home.

- Time

Dont expect to find a great home tomorrow if youve only begun your search today. Buying a home is like working on a school project. It needs ample time. If you think youve gathered enough information and resources within your time table, so be it.

- The Right Agent

If you believe in the comfort and rewards of buying a home, you will need to trust the agent who will do the work for you. In finding a reliable agent you will need to look at many sources of information to determine who represents what. It is always best to compare experiences, backgrounds and referrals of reputable people.

- Needs vs. Wants

Why confuse yourself between needs and wants when you can have both? Upon gathering information in buying a home, take into consideration the different types of houses available and decide what you want from what is offered.

- Word Confusion

Needless to say, when you buy a home you should familiarize yourself with the terms and words used during the dealing and negotiating with your agent and contractor. Also, try to keep a list of the questions you have that need further clarification.

- Cue Cards

You dont want to forget even a single detail about the home youve selected, right? Why not keep little cue cards where the plus & minus on each home or property youve seen is listed and recorded.

- Points and Plus

Learn how to bargain and get the best possible deal.

- Safety and Security

Be sure to get homeowners insurance. It may seem like a lifetime expense, but it will get you continued savings in the long run.

- Final Check

Do a final inspection or walk-through of the house before settlement and before the contract is processed.

Consider the above points as helpful factors when you to decide to buy a home. Plan ahead and avoid the common mistakes that most home buyers make.