What Every First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Know - Trinity Homes

What Every First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Know

The old adage about the three most important elements of real estate being location, location, and location definitely comes into play when approaching your first home purchase.  Is this a new development? What was located on the land before the development was built? Is there a homeowner’s association? If so, what are the dues?  Also, if you have children, or are planning to have children, school districts matter! School districts will also affect the value of the home.


When looking for a home, also consider if this is a location that will be convenient to work, school, shopping, and entertainment for you and your family. Are there any first-time home buyer lending packages that you might qualify for?


How much mortgage can you afford? What sort of space do you need for your family, their habits, and hobbies?


Having a professional inspection conducted prior to closing is often money well spent, and makes for fewer surprises after closing. A good inspector can help you identify any potential issues that might crop up. You and your real estate agent should then decide if the inspection findings are something you want to use to negotiate with the sellers on regarding repairs.


What are the plans for the neighborhood? Check with the local planning authority to see if there are developments or changes in the offing for the area you are considering buying.


You can get a good idea of utility costs by requesting a monthly average from the utility company for the specific home you are interested in purchasing. Also, taxes and insurance rates can be estimated ahead of time so you are sure to budget for these important expenses. Real estate agents and sellers may share this information in the listing as well, but it is always a good idea to keep these expenses in mind as you search for your new home. Shopping for energy efficient homes is a great way to manage utility costs.


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