Buying a home will probably be the most expensive purchase you will ever make. And if you’ve been waiting for that day for a long time, you’ve no doubt thought about the features you want – maybe you’re craving for a huge bedroom with dressing rooms, or perhaps a fine kitchen with granite countertops?
While you don’t want to skimp on the amenities you love, adding too many of them can add up to cost and destroy your budget. Instead of thinking about what now, starting to think about your long-term financial goals, and evaluating your budget before buying, you can get the home you want with no qualms about the buyer. One thing to remember is that you can add whatever you like to your home and benefit when the price rises.
When you pre-approve the rent for the property, we will determine how much we think you can afford to spend on your home, not counting when you have to work multiple jobs just to pay. As with many things, we will provide an upper budget limit, but do not assume that the upper number shown is the amount you have to spend. The budget ceiling is based on the assumption that you will pay off or pay off most of your debts and that your current employment situation will remain the same if it does not improve.
1. Confirm your budget online
Want to know what you can afford? Connect to the Internet and use a mortgage calculator – After you enter your sales price, loan term and interest rate, the calculator will calculate your monthly payment, including homeowner insurance, real estate taxes, and private mortgage insurance. This may give you a good estimate of how much you can afford to pay based on the selling price, but don’t stop there. Find out if there are other expenses you will need to factor in your budget after you buy your home.
For example, do you have to pay monthly dues to a homeowners association? Are you going to contract with lawn or pest maintenance services? Is your utilities likely to increase after you move? These costs can really add up and eat up your monthly budget, and if you’re not willing to sacrifice your current lifestyle for a new home, it might be wise to opt for a less expensive home with a lower price tag that will result in lower monthly payments. I suggest making a priority list for what you need in the house. List 5-10 things in order of priority that you cannot do without, and end with things that would be nice but not necessary. By doing this, you can more quickly focus on the type of home you want, and you have more options to stay within your budget when you start looking for homes.
2. Keep track of your real estate agent
I have only had positive experiences with the real estate agents we have worked with, but not everyone is so lucky. Working with a real estate agent, we figure out what the budget is for you and the realtor. It is important that you oblige the realtor to stick to the set budget. Good agents respect your finances and only show homes that you can afford.
However, some agents may try to go beyond and recommend properties outside of your price range. We will contain and balance and will not allow this to happen, but you must also be firm and hold on to your weapons.
3. Don’t be like Jones.
It is very easy to fall into the cycle of “comparison and despair”. If you’re working on a $ 250,000 budget and your best friend just bought a $ 300,000 home, you can compare the options and amenities of your home with his or her.
This is a nasty cycle, especially when it comes to buying a home. A home is not a pair of shoes or an expensive handbag – if you spend too much money when buying a home, it’s not easy to fix a mistake.
Instead of dwelling on the fact that your friend bought a home with a summer kitchen, congratulate him and then marvel at what your $ 250,000 budget can do for you. Maybe you will have four bedrooms instead of two, or you will have a gas oven instead of an electric one. Then, think about how you will benefit by staying within your budget, such as maintaining a healthy vacation or retirement fund, or starting a college tuition fund for your kids.
4. Avoid the bidding war
Imagine this scenario: you find the perfect home, make a great offer … and then your realtor calls and says that the seller has several offers to choose from. Competing with other buyers is not a picnic, and in order to win the bidding war, you often have to increase your offer. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you can stay on budget – however, betting wars can quickly spiral out of control. As practice shows, we usually DO NOT enter into a trade war, especially if it artificially inflates the price of a house above the real market value. Why? When renting a property, an increase is added to the price of the home for each year you participate in the program. This estimate is usually based on market value or list price. If it is artificially higher than it should be, it could get you in trouble when you go for a mortgage on that home at the end of your lease before your own term. Estimated value from the lender may not be available due to overpricing established at the time of bidding.
5. Place bids on houses that are not for sale
Some buyers shy away from homes that have long been up for sale, believing there must be some hidden defect in them. But sometimes not being able to sell a home is much easier. For example, maybe it just has poor attractiveness, or there is too much inventory in a certain market.
Therefore, it is important that you do not automatically exclude a home just because it has been in occupation for a long time. If anything, look for these houses. The seller is probably motivated and willing to lower the asking price in order to move the property. This is especially good news if you fall in love with a home that is slightly above your budget, as you can negotiate a lower purchase price that can fit within your budget.
Even if the seller is unwilling to lower the price, there is even more room for negotiation when a home has been on the market for several months. For example, you might ask for contingencies to replace an old rug or paint the facade of your house. If you can determine the reason the property was not sold, you can ask the seller to lower the asking price of the home or provide cash assistance for repairs.
If you are still concerned about possible hidden defects, indicate in your proposal that the proposal is subject to a satisfactory home inspection – which is a good idea no matter what. If a home inspection reveals problems such as plumbing, electrical, roofing, appliances, or windows problems, you can ask the buyer to make the necessary repairs or remove your offer from the table.
It takes discipline to stay within budget when buying a home, so the buying process should be approached with caution. Know what you are willing to spend and give up viewing the homes listed above for the budget set for you. If you can’t find the right property in a few weeks or months, review your budget to see if you have some wiggle room. If not, hold on – it’s only a matter of time before the right home appears.#budget #ownership #Rent