How to Tell If You're Not yet Ready to Buy Your Own Home

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How to Tell If You're Not yet Ready to Buy Your Own Home


Buying a home is an integral part of the American dream. However, before you start looking for homes in South Tampa, you have to consider if you are really ready for the responsibility of home ownership. While most Americans believe that real estate is one of the best long-term investments, it certainly isn’t for everyone.

Make sure you are ready when buying your own South Tampa waterfront home. These are signs to know you're not yet prepared to invest in a home.

Read on for some signs that homeownership isn’t for you yet.


You don’t have money for down payment

As a buyer, you will need money for a down payment regardless of where your home loan will come from. Your lenders will want you to have a cash amount to be used for the down payment. Typically, mortgage lenders will want to see between 10%-20% of the purchase price in your savings account. Having no enough cash for down payment is a sign that you are not yet ready to buy your dream home.


You are just looking for new source of happiness

While having your own home can be a source of pride and joy, a house can also be a source of frustration. If you are think that the key to happiness is in purchasing a home, you will be sorely disappointed. As a homeowner, you will have to deal with maintenance issues and yard work. Aside from that, homeowner associations can restrict how much freedom you can truly have on your property’s exterior. You might also find yourself disappointed with the size of home, the lack of storage options, the neighbors, and the school system. Buyer’s remorse is alive and well in the real estate market so you have to carefully consider every aspect of your decision.


You are not too keen on calculating the numbers

One obvious sign that you are not yet ready to buy a home is in your failing to take time to figure out how much you can truly afford. Buying any South Tampa home for sale could possibly be the biggest financial transaction in your life. The general rule of the thumb is not to go beyond more than 30% of your gross income on a mortgage payment, which includes principal, interest, property taxes, and insurance. Aside from the monthly mortgage payments, you will also encounter HOA fees and maintenance expenses. You also have to carefully consider the various loan options and how they will affect your personal finances over the long-term.


You can’t seem to settle down

Buying and selling a home are both expensive and tedious processes. If you have problems settling down into a job or particular location, you may be better off with renting. If you have to move shortly after buying a house, your finances can be greatly affected. You have to pay for commissions and administration fees. The mere process of finishing all the required paperwork is time consuming. On the other hand, if you can picture yourself living in a house for at least five to 10 years, then you may go ahead with your plans of purchasing a home. This allows time to build equity by paying down your mortgage and allowing home prices to rise.


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If you are looking for dedicated and hardworking Tampa FL Realtors then call me, Mary G. Diaz, today at 813 245-9677. I can provide you with fast and reliable assistance in finding or selling homes in South Tampa. With my extensive knowledge and experience in selling luxury properties in the area, I can assist you in making the best choice.

Comments (7)

Mary Ann Smith,
Keyes 786-278-6598 - Kendall, FL

Great blog we see this all the time and another one is do you have a job?  No

Ouch and you are looking to purchase a house. Do not think you could be that serious about purchasing.  Thanks and do enjoy your 4th July 2016

Jul 01, 2016 01:35 AM
Dan Lopez

Nice blog .. very informative to anyone considering buying.

Jul 01, 2016 01:40 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Mary - It is true that not everyone is ready to purchase a home.

Jul 01, 2016 04:34 AM
Mary Diaz
Tampa, FL
Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker

Thanks to all for the wonderful comments.  It is best to work with people that are committed and will not waste your time.

Happy  4th

Jul 01, 2016 07:14 AM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Great way to make sure the buyer isn't wasting your time.  A ready willing and able buyer is a treat for all realtors to work with.

Jul 03, 2016 12:19 PM
Mary Diaz
Tampa, FL
Tampa's Real Estate Matchmaker


Jul 03, 2016 10:29 PM
Rhonda Fee - REALTOR®
Luxury Property Agent, Home Sales, Relocation - Pleasanton, CA
Professional, Knowledgeable, Trustworthy

Great article, Mary! It is always a pleasure to work with committed and enthusiastic home-buyers.

Jul 07, 2016 12:24 AM