Find a house to buy
- Know why you’re buying. Reflect on why you want to buy. Are you planning to grow your family? Do you want to renovate?
- Consider your must-haves and nice-to-haves. Focusing on your must-haves will help you prioritise the things that matter most.
- Stick to your price range. If you’ve been pre-approved for $500,000, don’t waste time looking at properties advertised at $600,000.
- Do your research. Look online, talk to real estate agents, go to property inspections and explore what’s on offer. Pace yourself — your search could take months.
- 1 What should I be aware of when buying a house?
- 2 What should you not do before buying a house?
- 3 What should a first time home buyer look for?
- 4 What if I can’t afford closing costs?
- 5 How much money should I have in the bank before buying a house?
- 6 What happens if the buyer don’t have enough money at closing?
- 7 How much income do I need for a 200k mortgage?
- 8 How can I raise my credit score 100 points in a month?
- 9 How much of a down payment do I need for a house?
- 10 How should you act when viewing a house?
- 11 What should I ask at a house viewing?
- 12 How many times should you look at a house before buying?
What should I be aware of when buying a house?
What to Know When Buying a House
- Know your credit score.
- Have a lender pre-approve you before shopping.
- Shop the lender before getting a mortgage.
- Know every expense before buying a house.
- Know what you want.
- Work with a skilled Realtor that knows your area.
- Understand the actual value of any property you are buying.
What should you not do before buying a house?
Recap: What not to do before buying a house
- Take out a car loan or finance other big items.
- Max out your credit cards.
- Quit or change jobs to a new field.
- Assume you need 20% down.
- Go house hunting before getting pre-approved.
- Use the first mortgage lender you talk to.
- Make big financial changes prior to closing.
What should a first time home buyer look for?
Here’s our checklist of things to look out for when you are buying and viewing a property.
- Is there damp?
- Is the building structurally sound?
- How much storage space is there?
- Which way does the house face?
- Are the rooms big enough for your needs?
- Have you been fooled by staging?
- Do the window frames have cracking paint?
What if I can’t afford closing costs?
One of the most common ways to pay for closing costs is to apply for a grant with a HUD-approved state or local housing agency or commission. These agencies set aside a certain amount of funds for closing cost grants for low-to-moderate income borrowers.
How much money should I have in the bank before buying a house?
The most typical cash reserve requirement is two months. That means that you must have sufficient reserves to cover your first two months of mortgage payments. So if your principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) come to $1,500 per month, the reserve requirement will be $3,000.
What happens if the buyer don’t have enough money at closing?
A buyer who doesn’t have enough cash to cover closing costs might offer to negotiate with the seller for a 6 percent concession, or $106,000. The buyer would then mortgage $106,000, but that additional $6,000 would go back to the buyer at closing to cover closing costs.
How much income do I need for a 200k mortgage?
A $200k mortgage with a 4.5% interest rate over 30 years and a $10k down-payment will require an annual income of $54,729 to qualify for the loan. You can calculate for even more variations in these parameters with our Mortgage Required Income Calculator.
How can I raise my credit score 100 points in a month?
How to Improve Your Credit Score
- Pay all bills on time.
- Get caught up on past-due payments, including charge-offs and collection accounts.
- Pay down credit card balances and keep them low relative to their credit limits.
- Apply for credit only when necessary.
- Avoid closing older, unused credit cards.
How much of a down payment do I need for a house?
In most cases, you’ll need a down payment of 20% – 25% to qualify. If you have a credit score that’s higher than 720, you may qualify for an investment property loan with 15% down. FHA Loan: You cannot use an FHA loan to buy an investment property.
How should you act when viewing a house?
House viewing tips
- Drive by. First impressions shouldn’t be underestimated.
- Be prepared. Make a list of all the things that are important to you and any questions you want to ask before the house viewing.
- Take a friend. Never go to a viewing alone.
- Check the outside of the property.
- Be thorough.
What should I ask at a house viewing?
What questions to ask when viewing a house
- How long has the property been up for sale?
- What’s the area like?
- How many offers have they had?
- What’s the parking situation?
- Why is the seller moving?
- How long have the owners lived there?
- What are the neighbours like?
- Are there any issues with the building?
How many times should you look at a house before buying?
How many times to look at a house before buying? Ideally, four to six viewings should be sufficient. Attending two to three visits inside, with a realtor and/or appraiser, and another two to three visits scouting the house and neighborhood independently, from the outside, may be a good approach.