First Time Home Buyers
A Buyers Market
Is the real estate section of your local paper filled with stories about how the real estate market in your area is slowing down? Is it taking months to sell the homes on the market? If this description fits your area, and you have been waiting for the right time to buy a house, it may be time for you to make a move.
This kind of market is referred to as a “buyers’ market” for good reason–it is an opportunity for buyers to select from a large number of homes that could satisfy their needs. Everyone involved is ready to bend over backwards to make it possible for you to buy your dream home. Most sellers are highly motivated and so are the local real estate agents, loan officers, title companies, and other professionals involved in the transaction. It is important to remember that the real estate market runs in cycles, and conditions can change without a lot of warning. This could be the perfect time to contact a good real estate agent to discuss your needs and to explore the possibilities available to you.
A Good Start
When a real estate agent begins to work with a new buyer, we will sit down with you, ask a number of questions, and listen carefully to your answers. Our purpose during this initial interview is to get a clear idea of what kind of property you are looking for and your approximate price range. We explain how we will function as your representative, what the local market is like, and what we can do to help you locate that perfect home.
It is important for you as a prospective buyer to be as clear as possible about your needs. After we have talked and you have decided how much you can comfortably spend, we will know how to facilitate your home search. We won’t take you through a three-story colonial with a top floor master suite if you want to avoid climbing up and down stairs! Establishing clear communication with our clients helps us save you hours of unfocused house hunting.
Making Your Dream Home Come True
Is it time to initiate the purchase of your first home? You may be starting a family and outgrowing your small apartment. If the time seems right to seriously consider buying a house, but you are afraid you don’t have enough cash, don’t worry!
Real estate agents are experienced in helping first-time buyers locate the financial resources to make such a move. The first step is to sit down with an agent who is familiar with available loan programs. You will need money for the down payment, and your income must be high enough to meet the lender’s qualifying standards.
Real estate agents may be able to minimize the amount of cash needed with a little help from either the sellers or the loan company. You might be able to include some of the closing costs in your mortgage. The sellers might consider a lease/purchase agreement which would allow you to rent for a few months while accumulating the funds you need. If you are ready to buy your first home, let your real estate agent assist you in making your dream a reality.