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Purchasing a house is both exciting and challenging, and that’s especially true if it’s your first time as a homebuyer. Instead of allowing the process to overwhelm you, keep some tips in mind to help navigate through this exciting journey in your life.

Don’t Proceed Alone
You don’t need to take on the process of searching for and buying a home without assistance, nor should you. A well-qualified real estate agent can help you find the right property and has the expertise to make your first home purchase go as smoothly as possible.

Open Your Mind
Right now, you may have a list of all the features you want in a house and neighborhood. Remember that many amenities are expensive, and you probably don’t have an unlimited budget. Open your mind to the possibility of making some concessions when finding the best home for your situation.

Define Your Financial Ability
Opting for a pre-approval is a good idea so you know how much of a mortgage loan you’re eligible to receive before you start shopping. You might be tempted to spend the maximum amount allowed, but doing so could prove uncomfortable for your budget. Try to start small with your first house purchase, and avoid spending money beyond your means.

Take Your Time
Once you decide you’re in the right place to buy a house, you might be so eager that you rush through the process. Weigh the pros and cons of each house you look at. If possible, plan an adequate amount of time around the buying process to ensure you’ve considered all your best options.

Prepare for Other Expenses
You need to find out if you’re expected to pay closing costs up front or if you can roll them into your loan. In some instances, the sellers will agree to pay for the closing costs. Not only do you need money for these expenses, but you’ll also need to cover other costs that are associated with moving into a new house.

Buying your first home can be terrifying and wonderful all at once. Be prepared for the major purchase by hiring professionals and making smart decisions. If home is where the heart is, allow yourself the time and care to find the best-possible place for you.

Source: Meghan Belnap/RISMedia’s Housecall

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