Is This Year – 2011 A Good Time To Buy A Home?

Posted on February 12, 2011. Filed under: Homebuyers, Real Estate News & Updates, Tips, US recession | Tags: , , , , , , |

Currently, the United States is in a state of recession. Houses are harder to sell than before – at least for a profit – and many people are finding the pressure to be mounting with no near end in sight. However, for those who do not currently own homes, but are looking to, this is a time of great opportunity. Why?

Too many homes were built during the boom and now supply is outweighing demand, putting first time home buyers in the right place at the right time. While people do not necessarily want to benefit as a result of the misfortune of others, coming first time home buyers will not be in a position to overpay for a home, nor should they. After all, when items are on sale, benevolence does not include padding the price to make people feel better, especially if the purchase is a short sale. So take advantage for this great time of opportunity.

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Facing Foreclosure?

Posted on September 1, 2010. Filed under: Homebuyers, Homeowners, Ideas & Information, Real Estate News & Updates, Tips, Uncategorized, US Housing News | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


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Essential Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Posted on March 22, 2010. Filed under: Homebuyers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before purchasing a new home, there are few things you need to keep in mind. Here is a check list for home buying.

– One of the essential factors that affect your home buying decision is price. Yet most forget to check if they are purchasing at a rate at par with current real estate trends. Hence, people especially first time home buyers much check prevailing rates in your area. You can get all the information on websites like Zillow and Homegain. If these don’t sound quite reliable, you can check the official website of National Association of Realtors.

– It becomes very difficult for first time home buyers to repay the mortgage, research says. This happens because of inadequate research and planning. Hence, it’s wise to calculate the monthly amount they will be able to repay. There are various mortgage calculators on the web available today.

– Another thing people often fail to consider is the total cost involved in buying a new home. Along with the cost of home, buyer has to pay many types of taxes and insurance to own the house. This may sound quite insignificant, but these things can cost you dearly. In few areas, taxes are twice the mortgage amount. You don’t want to fall into such traps, do you?

To avoid such consequences, you can call up the local insurer and check how much insurance will be required for your property. However, finding information on taxes is quite simpler. Log on to Zillow and check how much you will be taxed and where to find a place with comparatively lower prices.

– However, the above costs are just a part of the whole. You will incur many other expenses, which can be summed up as settling costs. There are lender fees, home owner association fees, settlement, and title fees. So, make sure you have included all these costs in your budget. A First-time home buyer must keep this in mind.

– Fannie Mae suggests you must plan a budget before you plan to relocate. This is because there are lolls of other costs incurred when you first move to your new place. And approximately 30% of you income is spent on it, which can ultimately earn you a title of ‘house poor’.

– Spend some time researching on the local information. It’s advisable to know about the local weather, change in temperatures, movement of real estate prices, etc.

– People believe house is a long term investment. It essentially is till the time you maintain your costs effectively. However, if you fail to manage these expenses, you will end up paying more than you will earn, in long term.

So, buying a home is certainly good news. But not considering these points can transform it into a bad news and eventually, a bad deal. These are must-follow tips for first time home buyers.

by stephanie johns

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