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10 things to do when buying a Home



 #10: Do Not Buy more

Do not make any huge purchases or move your money around approximately three to six months before buying a new home. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail in order to get you the best loan possible. Opening new credit cards, taking on too much debt or buying expensive things you don’t really need, will have a big impact on you getting a loan. Check your Credit report and dispute anything that is not correct.

 #9: Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan

There’s a big difference between being pre-qualified and being pre-approved for a mortgage. Anyone can get pre-qualified for a loan. On the other hand, getting pre-approved means a lender has looked at all of your financial information and they’ve let you know how much you can afford and how much they will lend you. Being pre-approved will save you a lot of time and energy so you are not running around looking at houses you can't afford. In addition, it will provide you the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and the best interest rates. Do your research: Learn about all associated fees, processing fees or points and make sure there aren’t any hidden costs in the loan.

 #8: Invest in a Plat Survey

It’s absolutely essential to get a survey done on your property so you know exactly what you’re buying. Knowing precisely where your property lines are may save you from a potential dispute with your neighbors. Also, your property tax is likely based on how much property you have, so it is best to have an accurate map drawn up.
Investing $350 to $450 Upfront can save you a lot of Headaches down the road.

# 7: Buy when you are Ready

Don’t obsess with trying to time the market and figure out when is the best time to buy. Trying to anticipate the housing market is impossible. The best time to buy is when you find your perfect home that you can afford. Real estate is cyclical, it goes up and it goes down and it goes back up again. So, if you try to wait for the perfect time, you’re probably going to miss out on many great deals.

 # 6: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Everyone’s drawn to the biggest, most beautiful house on the block. But bigger is usually not better when it comes to houses. There’s an old adage in real estate that says don’t buy the biggest, best house on the block. The largest house only appeals to a very small audience and you never want to limit potential buyers when you go to re-sell. Your home is only going to go up in value as much as the other houses around you. If you pay $400,000 for a home and your neighbors pay $150,000 to $200,000, your appreciation is going to be limited. Sometimes it is best to is buy the worst house on the block, because the worst house per square foot always trades for more than the biggest house.

#5: Be Aware of Other Costs

The difference between renting and homeownership is the sleeper costs. Most people just focus on their mortgage payment, but they also need to be aware of the other expenses such as property taxes, utilities and homeowner-association dues. New homeowners also need to be prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance and potential property-tax increases. Make sure you budget for sleeper costs so you’ll be covered and won’t risk losing your house.

 #4: Avoid Buying a House based on Emotions

Buying a house based on emotions is just going to break your heart. If you fall in love with something, you might end up making some pretty bad financial decisions. There’s a big difference between your emotions and your instincts. Going with your instincts means that you recognize that you’re getting a great house for a good value. Going with your emotions is being obsessed with specific features in house such as the paint color or the kitchen. It’s a big investment, so stay focused and decide wisely.

#3: Get a Home Inspection

Would you buy a car without checking under the hood? That would be foolish. Hire a licensed home inspector. It will cost about $400 but could end up saving you thousands. A home inspector’s sole responsibility is to provide you with information so that you can make a decision as to whether or not to buy. It’s really the only way to get an unbiased third-party opinion. If the inspector does find any issues with the home, you can use it as a bargaining tool for lowering the price of the home. It’s better to spend the money up front on an inspector than to find out later you have to spend a fortune.

 #2: Don’t Outbid Yourself

Your opening bid should be based on two things: what you can afford and what you really believe the property is worth. Make your opening bid something that’s fair and reasonable and isn’t going to totally offend the seller. A lot of people think they should go lower the first time they make a bid. It all depends on what the market is doing at the time. You need to look at what other homes have gone for in that neighborhood (Comparables)and you want to get an average price per square foot. Sizing up a house on a price-per-square-foot basis is a great equalizer. Also, see if the neighbors have plans to put up a new addition or a basketball court or tennis court, something that might detract from the property’s value down the road.Today, so many sellers are behind in their property taxes and if you have that valuable information it gives you a great card to negotiate a good deal. To find out, go to the county clerk’s office.

Sellers respect a bid that is an oddball number and are more likely to take it more seriously. A nice round number sounds like every other bid out there. When you get more specific the sellers will think you've given the offer careful thought.

 #1: See the Neighborhood

Before you buy, get the lay of the land – drop by morning noon and night. Many homebuyers have become completely distraught because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find out the neighborhood wasn’t for them. Drive by the house at all hours of the day to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. Do your regular commute from the house to make sure it is something you can deal with on a daily basis. Find out how far it is to the nearest grocery store and other services. Even if you don’t have kids, research the schools because it affects the value of your home in a very big way. If you buy a house in a good school district versus bad school district even in the same town, the value can be affected tremendously.

Adam Amaskane
Real People Realty,​ Inc.
9981 W. 190th Street,​ Unit H
Mokena,​ IL 60448
Cell:(312) 354-0996;


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