Homeownership is a centuries-old aspiration.
Homeownership is rooted in tradition and deep-set family values. The intense emotion associated with buying a home is still one of life’s greatest enjoyments, experienced tenfold when that purchase is made for the first time.
With heightened feelings come affordability concerns.
Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking of buying for the first time:
The down payment isn’t everything.
Closing costs and future expenses come with any property so be sure you can afford more than just the amount you’ll be putting down for a home. Experts suggest having 1-3% of the purchase price in savings to cover any additional fees, improvements or unexpected expenses that may arise.
Expect the best, plan for less.
Mortgage specialists recommend holding at least 6 mortgage payments in the bank in case of job loss or other unforeseen circumstances.
Devise a short-term plan for home improvement.
For starters, work with the seller or builder to determine repairs and improvements; a thorough inspection will help this process along. Once you know the cost of repairs and improvements, you can budget the necessary funds many months in advance.
Work with Frank Perez-Andreu your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agent to determine the best and most financially friendly way to achieve your homeownership dreams.