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Looks like a great amount of content to think through from the group. Here are 5 additional tips for a first time home buyer.
1.Start checking out open houses: Get a feel for what's in the market. Don't know where to start? An experienced, local agent can help curate listings for you. The key is to find one that meshes with you well, and you can trust to represent you, the buyer.
2.Talk to friends & family: I'm an advocate of getting as much information from friends and family, who have gone through the home buying process, as much as possible. Just remember that it's a starting point, and ultimately, you'll also want advice from professional real estate agents.
3.Find a real estate agent: There are DIYers, who prefer to search for homes on the Internet, and there are others who want to have full service real estate agents to walk them through the process. In either case, there's always a place for a real estate agent to help. Best of all, as a buyer, you pay no commissions. The seller of the home almost always will pay the buyer's real estate agent commission fees.
4.Buying vs. Renting: Sometimes continuing to rent and putting your down payment money elsewhere might make more sense in the short term. In certain neighborhoods, it actually makes more sense to rent vs. buy. Use an online calculator or find a local real estate agent to help you.
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Thanks,Bly's Realty GroupRichard Bly:Broker - CA. Notary Public
CA. Real Estate Lic. #01765273
Good Morning,I congratulate you in making the decision to purchase a home! Since you have almost a year, there are a couple of things that you definitely want to start doing now to ensure that you have no problem qualifying for a mortgage loan when you're ready:1) Save as much money as possible!2) It will definitely make it easier to qualify if the money you save is deposited into an account that has no other deposits/withdrawals/activity going in and out of it, as underwriters need to document any and all activity3) Be mindful about what you claim on your IRS tax returns! Whereas claiming less income helps you pay less in taxes, it may also affect how much money you can qualify for when applying for a home loan4) Pay down as much debt as possible! This can't be emphasized enough. Besides increasing your credit score, paying down your debts also helps you qualify for a larger loan. If you have less non-mortgage obligations, you will have more disposable income with which to qualify.I hope this helps. If you'd like to have a conversation, feel free to reach out to me at:[Content removed by Zillow Moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy]Hope to speak with you soon!
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