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How to Leap Those First-Time Buyer's Hurdles
First-time home buyers have plenty of obstacles to overcome. There is an intricate maze of details that need to be carefully navigated. Following are five obstacles that first-time buyers have to overcome when looking to buy a home: Down Payment: Saving enough for the down payment may not be sufficient. Closing costs must also be considered. Closing costs are additional fees such as the lawyer's fees, escrow charges, appraisal fees, financing fees and utility adjustments. A good rule of thumb is 2% of the purchase price will cover the closing costs. So for a $200,000 home with a 5% down payment, you would require $14,000 to cover both the down payment and closing costs. Mortgage Preapproval: Many first-time home buyers overlook the preapproval process. This mistake can cost you your dream home. Visit a mortgage professional to see what kind of mortgage you qualify for and closely examine the actual cost of the money you must borrow to purchase a home. Use a Real Estate Agent: Some home buyers think they can go it alone. Buying a home is a complex process, and buyer representatives have the knowledge and know-how to make your home-buying experience a happy one. Know the Difference Between What You ... more

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