Advice For the first time home buyer

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Advice For the first time home buyer


Buying your first home is so exciting. You’ve saved a down payment and have determined that this is the time to make the move. While you’re excited to get started, it can also seem overwhelming. How do you get started?

First thing a first time home buyer will want to do is talk to a lender. The lender can be your bank or a mortgage broker. If you don’t already have a relationship with someone, ask around. Anyone who has purchased a home or refinanced might be a good source of information for you. It’s important to get a feel right up front about how much home you can qualify to purchase.

Once you have a price in mind, it’s time to contact a real estate agent. Asking friends and family for a referral is one way. There are also ways to explore online for a good agent. Your agent will be your representative during the process. They will help you find properties to view and manage the sales transaction.

As you begin your search for your first home, it’s important to note that buying a house is not a single decision….it’s a series of decisions. As long as the answers to the questions continue to be “yes” then you’ll move through the process.

When an offer is accepted by all parties, you will then start the real work of the transaction. You will have contingencies to the sale which include the home inspection, appraisal, termite report, home owners association rules, insurance, loan approval, seller disclosures and others. If during the contingency period you find any reason not to move forward, then the process is ended and your deposit will be returned. All contingencies are removed in writing, so rest assured that if you have not signed a release which says that you are protected.

When you first meet with your agent, talk about these items. Ask about the process and how they manage a transaction. It’s important to find an agent with the experience to handle any issues that might come up. They should have a list of professional inspectors and other vendors that they can recommend to make sure that you are getting the best information possible about the home and conditions which could affect it.

Buying your first home is exciting. By finding the right real estate agent and lender, it can also be a simple process. 


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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Karen: It can be very overwhelming for a first time home buyer. We, the agent, has to be very patient in answering questions that might be elemental to us.

Nov 20, 2016 12:44 AM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner - it is important to stress with buyers that actual work from us start AFTER the offer is accepted. Most of the time they think - 'they found the home'...!

Nov 20, 2016 11:00 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Karen- a first time buyer would be very lucky to have you as their agent!!!

Nov 21, 2016 12:27 PM #3
Amy Kramer
Reilly Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor serving Austin and surrounding communities

Great overview Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner .  You are surely the Realtor  to call in Orange County.

Dec 23, 2016 08:50 AM #4
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