Buying your first home is a huge part of the American Dream — and is also a daunting, potentially overwhelming process. Here’s how to get started and what to expect along the way.
What do you want to buy?
1. Consider the Type of Property
2. Know Where You Want To Go
Research the parts of town where you might be buying: talk to friends, join social media groups, etc.
3. Try To Predict the Neighborhood’s Future
Dig into future development plans so you know whether this area will remain a good fit for several years.
4. Spend the Night In the Area
Try to get a feel for how you like it 24/7, through an entire week if possible.
5. Get Some Credit
Check your credit report for errors and correct them. Then start working to improve your score.
6. Go Big On Your Down Payment
Not every mortgage loan requires 20% down, but the more you can save up, the more you’ll save long-term.
7. Consider Your Total Monthly Out-of-Pocket Amount
Taxes, insurance, and PMI will all be wrapped into one monthly mortgage payment.
8. Budget for Other Home Buying Costs
9. Understand What You Can Afford and Get Pre-Approved
Talk to a mortgage broker about your income and debt limitations, then get pre-approved for a loan.