What questions should a first-time home buyer ask during the open houses or home showings?
Buying a home can be a daunting experience. Here is some advice from Answers.com contributors on what to ask/do during home showings:
- You can ask whatever you want, but they don't necessarily have to tell you the truth. Open Houses are a great way to see a house, not a great way to get info on it. Remember that in most states the real estate agent at an open house works for the seller. Usually you have the right to be represented by your own agent, and that's the person you should direct your questions to. It doesn't cost any more. Your agent has a reason to give you accurate information and help you find a good house.
- First of all, you need to talk to at least 3 mortgage companies BEFORE you start looking for houses to discuss rates and estimated payments. It's always better to have an idea of what you can afford. There are also online payment estimators. In my experience, banks will preapprove you for more than you can really afford once you add in insurance and taxes. While it's fun to go look at million dollar homes, it will do nothing but frustrate you if you can't get a loan for even a quarter million dollar home. Yes, an agent can contact a mortgage company for you. Banks and credit unions usually have lower fees and commissions, though.
- You should ask the sellers any and all questions that you may have regarding the foundation and any problems with the house. Ask about anything that concerns you but remember that unless you put it in writing as part of your offer the answer is not legally binding upon the seller. If the seller completes a seller's property condition report then you should have it written into the offer that the seller's property condition report survives the closing of the purchase & sale.
- Ask the seller: What do you like most about the property and what do you like least about the property? Sellers will almost always lie when responding to this question, and it will give you a feel that there are issues relating to the property that the seller is concealing. Sometimes the seller give you a totally honest answer and even tell you what he or she don't like with the property. TRY to listen carefully to the seller, because sellers like to talk a lot about their property and in the process disclose more information than their broker would like them to.
- Go into all closets and cabinets and look up at the sealing for fresh paint or brown spots, which is evidence of roof leaks. Flush toilets and turn on faucets which will reveal evidence of plumbing or septic issues etc.
- After going through two property buying experiences I discovered that it is pretty difficult to find Realtors and Mortgage Brokers that are truly looking out for your well being 100%. Problems, such as city liens and delinquent personal property tax (missed by a title search) that a Realtor should know and address or informed us about, we found out a month or close to a year after owning the property.
- An open house is more or less for the agent to gather leads. When you are shown a house and it is not YOUR agent be aware as with the above answer that they are not looking out for your best interest. It is always best to find a buyer agent. They will look out for your best interest. They will remember anything you say about how much you are preapproved for.
- DO NOT CALL every agent listed on each house you are interested in looking at. Real Estate agents work on commission only. It is a waste of your time and theirs to come out to show you a house and then you sign with another agent. Yes, the agents are paid after closing, and the check given to their broker for their cut. Many people in the general public don't realize this. Would you want to work for nothing?
- I highly recommend getting a buyer agent to show you any homes you are interested in. They may also help search for homes that fit your needs. The agent will ask you questions, talk with your mortgage company and get the seller's disclosure for you. If you are a first time home buyer, there are many advantages to having someone guide you through it. Once you have an agent and you want to go to an open house, take the opportunity to do it. Be sure you tell the agent holding the open house that you do have an agent and will be calling them if you like it.
- You should find yourself a buyers agent to solely represent your interests, get referrals to 2 or 3 lenders and arrange your loan. Then have your agent search for property that matches the properties in your price range. Alternatively, you can research homes on the Internet for your agent to arrange visits to. It's a good idea to always use your agent to communicate to the sellers agent or to the seller. Don't go to an open house and express your interests to the other agent, they will want you to use their services. And when one agent represents both the buyer and seller there is an obvious fiduciary conflict on who the agent should be more loyal to.
- Although one might be scared by the thought of a fiduciary conflict, the issues of conflict in representing both the seller and buyer on a price negotiation is worse. Also, if you do not have a buyer's agent giving you detailed advice on what has sold in the area in similar properties, you may overpay, not realizing the home is overpriced.
- In Massachusetts, and perhaps other states, the agent holding the open house is working for the seller. If you ask that person to help you with the process and write up the offer, that person is still working for the seller, and is only assisting you with it, but does not represent you. Only if you sign something saying that person is your buyer's agent does that person work for you. In Massachusetts, if they are working for both, they are a dual agent. If the person helping you is a seller's agent, he/she can tell the seller any information about you that you tell, including personal and financial info, and that can be to your disadvantage in negotiations, and that person's purpose is to get the most money out of you to give to the seller. If you already have a buyer's agent and you enter an open house, put your agent's name on the sign in sheet, and perhaps give the agent the card of your buyer's agent. If you wish to make an offer, the seller's agent can then cooperate with your buyer's agent. The commission percentage is decided when the seller lists the property. If the seller's agent also handles the offer, the seller's company gets the whole commission. It is not less because it is handled by one company. If there is a buyer agent, the commission, same amount, gets divided between the two companies.
- I would ask: when was the gas boiler last serviced and has it been regularly serviced tested, if there are trees overhanging the gardens, fences and gates, who is responsible for maintenance and pruning, look at the exterior gutters and fashia boards - when were these painted if at all, how old is the gas fired boiler, and consider if it may need replacing, if there have been replacement double glaze windows, are these still under guarantee.
- The first thing you should ask when you are going to buy your own house or property and also you are just a first time home buyer is about the safety of the place, then next ask if the house already undergone on home inspection, then you need to ask also about the possible calamities that the house already experienced and of course do not forget to ask about the contract and price whenever you are decided to get the place.
- If you are looking at a distressed home (repossessed or short sale) ask for an amount of repair money to be included to cover electrical, water heater, furnace, stove and roof deficiencies. Otherwise once the offer is accepted, you may be in a bind if your mortgage company will not give you a loan if the house has appraisal issues and the bank or FNMA will not repair them. Really, this is not for cosmetic issues, but rather house systems.
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As a buyer what questions should you ask regarding the electrical wiring of a house over 40 yrs old?
The questions are the same for a house that may be only 40 days or less old. Is the wiring adequate for your needs. Is the wiring 'safe' and up to code? Do you have your own inspector, do you have any 'special' needs, and what would changes or upgrades cost from a contractor? You need the basics for… a house to make it into a home. Do you have or anticipate extra power loads? Air-conditioning or other appliances? What about a garage workshop? Outdoor lights? Cameras? If you are in an industrial area (as I am), you may need extra filtering for your computers and other entertainment systems. I would recomend getting a qualified electrical contractor to do an inspection of the electrical, over someone who inspects everything. Most can do it in about one to two hours, money well spent, if you are serious about buying the home. He will look in places where problems are typically hidden and someone not of that disipline would not think to look. Out of experience he will know what to look for, and can in some cases give you a estimate to repair at the same time. ( Full Answer )
Answer . That is completely relative to the facts surrounding the bankruptcy. In a Chapter 7, the money you might use as a downpayment might belong to the bankruptcy estate until the case has been discharged. If you are in a Chapter 13, you will need permission from the trustee to incur the debt.… And you also need a lender that is willing to lend you the money for the purchase, so you can see there are many factors that might change the answer to your question.. ans . You probably mean can you get a mortgage. That is at every lenders discretion. . New mortgage, new debt, an obligation to pay as agreed? Well, real tough - not impossible and certainly may depend on your downpayment. Especially with the concerns over subprime lending in todays market (which you by being in BK more than likely would be under most any view). You would have to expect that you would pay a very high interest rate, likely making it something even people with stronger financials wouldn't consider. if you filed C 13 make sure you discuss anything your doing with the BK trustee. Entering into a refinance or any financial contract without his explicit approval will end BK protection, and is sometimes prosecuted as fraud. Certainly, if it means you would have less disposable income to use toward your outstanding debt, he would have rightful objections. And consider....your in BK, presumably because you have more debt than you can pay, and you haven't been able to handle finances very well.....you cannot borrow you way out of debt, but even after clearing that in BK, you can sure find yourself in it again.. ( Full Answer )
First and foremost educate yourself. Use your state's local housingauthority for free seminars in the steps of a home purchase andlearning about financing is key. You need to have a good sense ofyour income and the amount of money you can afford for the costs ofownership: mortgage, insurance, taxes …and repairs. Once you havethe basic real estate knowledge, you can make better choices inchoosing your mortgage lender as well as your real estate agent. Choose a lender and get preapproved for an amount that they wouldlend you for a house. Many times you are approved for more of aloan than you can afford to pay monthly, so be cautious about yourprice range when you are looking. Being preapproved will make theoffer and sale process go smoother than if you are trying to buyand apply for a loan at once. You may need several thousand dollarsto pay for the application, prorated insurance and taxes, titleinsurance, termite inspection, home inspection as well as closingcosts. If you attend open houses, keep the preapproval and its amount toyourself. That realtor is not for you--they are the seller. If theyknow your top dollar, you may end up with less negotiating room. Call a real estate agent. Remember that fees for his/her serviceare paid by the seller. If you are a first time buyer with no home,you pay the agent nothing. He/she splits the fee of the agent whois working with the seller of the home you will buy. A good agentcan make appointments to see houses you have found as well as somethat may not have hit the market yet. They are also good atnavigating through all of the hoops if you choose a repo or shortsale home. I have also heard that some agents are called "buyer'sagents" meaning they have nothing to sell you; they only work withhomebuyers so there is no conflict of interest with them trying toput you into a home where they represent the seller also. When your title company calls and is ready for you to sign,make sure that you carefully read the form that shows all of thecharges that you and the seller will pay. Check that items you havepaid upfront and those that the seller should pay are correct. Thisdocument should come to you the day before signing. If it isincorrect, contact both the realtor and the title company. ( Full Answer )
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There are definitely a lot of programs available for those interested in receiving a home loan, especially for a first time home buyer. The best advice I can give is to find a mortgage company that you can trust and has an established reputation. I would suggest a mortgage company that is part of th…e LendRIGHT program (which represents the top 3% of community lenders in the United States). I would also recommend that the company you choose be a direct lender as well. These mortgage companies can offer programs and services that others cant; like direct in-house underwritten, FHA refinance programs, FHA 203K renovation loans, USDA rural housing loans, VA home loans, reverse mortgages, and other mortgage refinancing programs. ( Full Answer )
You need the down payment and the other fees. Your co-signer needs very good credit.
It i more likely that a first time home buyer is someone that has never bought a home before, either that means that you have never picked out the home or you have and someone else has paid for it. Either way that person would be a first time home buyer. Depending on what state you live in there a…re factors that could place you in the category of first time home buyer even if you have previously owned a home. In New Jersey, if you haven't owned a house in the last 3 years, you are considered a first time home buyer and are eligible for the First Time Home Buyer Program funded by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). This loan offers a below market, fixed interest rate and can even help with down payment. I would check with a mortgage company in your state to see if there are similar programs available. ( Full Answer )
Tax Credit to Aid First-Time Homebuyers . If you were a first-time home buyer in 2008, you should know about and begin to plan for a new tax credit that was recently put into place.. Some details of the credit include:. The tax credit is applicable to taxpayers who purchased homes after April 8…, 2008, and before July 1, 2009. . The First Time Homebuyer tax credit will reduce the taxpayer's tax bill or will increase their refund, dollar for dollar. . The homebuyer tax credit will be paid to eligible taxpayers even if they don't owe any tax or the credit is more than what they owe. . This tax credit works almost like an interest-free loan in that it has to be paid back over a 15-year period. . This information was provided by: http://www.efile.com/tax-deduction/mortgage-deduction/first-time-home-buyer-tax-credit.asp ( Full Answer )
Yes, if you are not on the current loan and will be the primary borrower on the new loan you may qualify as a first time home buyer.
"Should" is subjective. It depends on the type of loan you are attempting to get. FHA loans accept lower credit scores than traditional lenders. Traditional lenders have rate discounts at the higher levels, the best loans being found with scores over 800. Each lender is different. Some price everyon…e the same over 750, or 720. On average a score over 680 is desirable, although loans can be had with lower scores. Don't forget that lenders are now placing a greater weight on debt ratios and down payment levels. ( Full Answer )
Answer: Just aks him whatever you wanna know about him.. Like what his hobbyÂ´s are, to find out if he shares some of them with your daugther.. Maby ask him about what he wanna do/does for a liveing, can he provide, and if he want kids someday hehe.. Maby favorite his movies, books or music.. The…re will always be something to small-talk about :) ( Full Answer )
In New Jersey, if you haven't owned a house in the last 3 years, you are considered a first time home buyer and are eligible for the First Time Home Buyer Program funded by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) which offers a below-market, fixed interest rate and can help with …your down payment. ( Full Answer )
There are many questions you could ask during an home inspection. But the first question you need to ask is "Can I see your home inspection license or ID card issued by ASHI or another organization" . Feel free to ask the home inspector any questions regarding the drainage around the exterior of th…e house. Ask the home inspector about any of your concerns. ( Full Answer )
No, since you are not a first time home buyer. I tried that when I got a divorce and because my husband and I had bought a home I didn't qualify. . Not necessarily true. In New Jersey, if you haven't owned a house in the last 3 years, you are considered a first time home buyer and are eligible for… the First Time Home Buyer Program funded by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). This loan offers a below-market, fixed interest rate and can even help with down payments. I would check with a mortgage company in your state to see if there is a similar program available. ( Full Answer )
If you're having it built for you by a contractor (custom), I would make sure to ask the following: - How long in business and can I have a list of 5 current references? - Are you licensed to build new homes in this state? - May I see a copy of the contract and have my lawyer review it? - D…o you provide the blueprints or do I have to hire an architect? - Will you provide a completion schedule for the job and adhere to a penalty clause for late completion? - May I have copies of your liability and workman's compensation insurance certificates? These are the major questions that all homeowners should ask contractors before signing a contract or giving the contractor any money. There are others that are certainly helpful, but these are primary. ( Full Answer )
The first time buyer credit for 2009 expires November 30, 2009. If you are involved in a Real Estate Transaction, you must close by that date in order to be eligible for the credit. A first time buyer is a buyer who has not purchased Real Estate in the last 3 years. If that is you, you are not au…tomatically qualified for the first time buyer credit. There are certain criteria that you must fall under. The most helpful information is found on the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=204671,00.html From there you will find links to Form 5405 which should be used to claim your tax credit. You will also be able to see the restrictions on the credit: . First-time homebuyers may be able to take advantage of a tax credit for homes purchased in 2008 or 2009. The credit: . Applies to purchases that close after April 8, 2008, and before Dec. 1, 2009. . Applies only to homes used as a taxpayer's principal residence. . Reduces a taxpayer's tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar. . Is fully refundable, meaning the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed. . The question and answer section found here: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206293,00.html The scenario section found here: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206294,00.html Hope this helps. For more Real Estate Info/News/Fun Facts, visit my blog at www.wordpress.com/thomsonteam.. ( Full Answer )
The tax credit for 2009 ends November 30, 2009 - your transaction must close by that date in order to qualify for the credit. Currently, there is no official continuance of the credit. There are rumors that it will be continued into 2010, but no confirmation from the government yet. For more Real… Estate info/stats/fun facts, visit my blog at www.wordpress.com/thomsonteam. ( Full Answer )
Even if you are a first time buyer (or have not purchased in the last 3 years), you are not automatically qualified for the first time buyer credit. There are certain criteria that you must fall under. The most helpful information is found on the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0…,,id=204671,00.html From there you will find links to Form 5405 which should be used to claim your tax credit. You will also be able to see the restrictions on the credit: . First-time homebuyers may be able to take advantage of a tax credit for homes purchased in 2008 or 2009. The credit: . Applies to purchases that close after April 8, 2008, and before Dec. 1, 2009. . Applies only to homes used as a taxpayer's principal residence. . Reduces a taxpayer's tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar. . Is fully refundable, meaning the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed. . The question and answer section found here: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206293,00.html and the scenario section found here: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206294,00.html are also very helpful. Hope this helps. For more Real Estate Info/News/Fun Facts, visit my blog at www.wordpress.com/thomsonteam. ( Full Answer )
This will tell you what type of credit you're eligible for: http://thedailey.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/2009-homebuyer-tax-credit-changes.pdf and this will tell you how to file for the credit http://thedailey.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/filing-amended-tax-return-for-first-time-homebuyer-credit/.
Here's the link to the IRS website for details but I've also cut and pasted the info here for your use and review. Thank you:) http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=204671,00.html New Legislation New legislation, the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009, which was signed …into law on Nov. 6, 2009, extends and expands the first-time homebuyer credit allowed by previous Acts. The new law: . Extends deadlines for purchasing and closing on a home. . Authorizes the credit for long-time homeowners buying a replacement principal residence. . Raises the income limitations for homeowners claiming the credit. Under the new law, an eligible taxpayer must buy, or enter into a binding contract to buy, a principal residence on or before April 30, 2010 and close on the home by June 30, 2010. For qualifying purchases in 2010, taxpayers have the option of claiming the credit on either their 2009 or 2010 return. For the first time, long-time homeowners who buy a replacement principal residence may also claim a homebuyer credit of up to $6,500 (up to $3,250 for a married individual filing separately). They must have lived in the same principal residence for any five-consecutive year period during the eight-year period that ended on the date the replacement home is purchased. People with higher incomes can now qualify for the credit. The new law raises the income limits for homes purchased after Nov. 6, 2009. The credit phases out for individual taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) between $125,000 and $145,000 or between $225,000 and $245,000 for joint filers. The existing MAGI phase-outs of $75,000 to $95,000 or $150,000 to $170,000 for joint filers still apply to purchases on or before Nov. 6, 2009. General Information Homebuyers who purchased a home in 2008 or 2009 may be able to take advantage of the first-time homebuyer credit. The credit: . Applies only to homes used as a taxpayer's principal residence. . Reduces a taxpayer's tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar. . Is fully refundable, meaning the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed. The credit is claimed using Form 5405 , which you file with your original or amended tax return. For 2008 Home Purchases The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 established a tax credit for first-time homebuyers that can be worth up to $7,500. For homes purchased in 2008, the credit is similar to a no-interest loan and must be repaid in 15 equal, annual installments beginning with the 2010 income tax year. For 2009 Home Purchases The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expanded the first-time homebuyer credit by increasing the credit amount to $8,000 for purchases made in 2009 before Dec. 1. For home purchased in 2009, the credit does not have to be paid back unless the home ceases to be the taxpayer's main residence within a three-year period following the purchase. First-time homebuyers who purchase a home in 2009 can claim the credit on either a 2008 tax return, due April 15, 2009, or a 2009 tax return, due April 15, 2010. The credit may not be claimed before the closing date. But, if the closing occurs after April 15, 2009, a taxpayer can still claim it on a 2008 tax return by requesting an extension of time to file or by filing an amended return. News release 2009-27 has more information on these options . Questions and Answers More information is available in the question and answer section . Related Items . IR-2009-83 , First-Time Homebuyer Credit Provides Tax Benefits to 1.4 Million Families to Date . The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center . Thank you- Tiffany Saunders-Licensed in KS & MO Re/Max Results- Foreclosure, Short Sale, REO, Residential & Land Specialist (816) 728-0724 cell (816) 285-2352 fax www.RealtorinKansasCity.com TiffanySaunders@ReMax.net ( Full Answer )
You must have bought --- or entered into a binding contract to buy --- a principal residence on or before April 30, 2010 . . If you entered into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, you must close (go to settlement) on the home on or before Sept. 30, 2010 . Go to the IRS gov website and use th…e search box for First-Time Homebuyer Credit ( Full Answer )
Sorry for the one-liner question, did not know how to add all the details in the question itself. Here they are: We purchased out first home on October 15th; we file under married filing jointly status, and our combined income is above the 150,000$ limit (that was in effect before Nov 6 2009) but be…low the 225,000$ limit (for home purchased after Nov 6 2009). Do you know if there is any way I can claim any tax credit for our home purchase? Not knowing that congress was going to increase the income limit for the second tax credit extension, I decided to go ahead with house closing on Oct 15th w/o waiting for the new extension to start, now it just seems a bit unfair that I cannot get any tax credit just because I purchased the house 3 weeks before Nov 6th! ( Full Answer )
You are the only one that has all of the information that would be needed for you to determine if you meet the FTHBC rules. Go to the IRS gov web site and use the search box for First-Time Homebuyer Credit Taxpayers who have a binding contract to purchase a home before May 1, 2010, are eligible for …the credit. Buyers must close on the home before July 1, 2010. General Information Homebuyers who purchased a home in 2008, 2009 or 2010 may be able to take advantage of the first-time homebuyer credit. The credit: . Applies only to homes used as a taxpayer's principal residence. . Reduces a taxpayer's tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar. . Is fully refundable, meaning the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed. Questions and Answers More information is available in the question and answer section . You can clck on the below related link ( Full Answer )
You must have bought - or entered into a binding contract to buy - a principal residence on or before April 30, 2010 . If you entered into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, you must close (go to settlement) on the home on or before June 30, 2010 .
No you cannot take the credit when you buy your home from a close relative. This includes your parents.
If it is your main home primary residence and you meet all of the rules that have to be met for this purpose. . You must have bought --- or entered into a binding contract to buy --- a principal residence on or before April 30, 2010 . . If you entered into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, yo…u must close (go to settlement) on the home on or before June 30, 2010 . Go to the IRS.gov website and use the search box for First-Time Homebuyer Credit ( Full Answer )
As a home buyer you should consider the following: . What is the best quality of dwelling available that is still within my budget? . Do you want move in condition or are you willing to make upgrades at your own expense? . What is the condition of the dwelling and how much will repairs or upgr…ades cost? . Will the home retain value and have good prospects for resale? . Is the area on its way up or down? . Do I want a bigger and better home in a cheaper area or a smaller home in a more affluent region? . Will the home be big enough for the family we intend to have or will we have to move to a larger place at some point? . How much time am I willing to spend traveling to and from work each day? . What is the quality of the school system and how will my children get to school? . How far away are the shopping facilities, banks, parks, libraries, restaurants, public transit, etc? . Do I want a special play area for my children or outside activities or gardening? How much yard do I need? . Must there be parking for one, two, or three cars? . What are the family's favorite leisure activities and how far away are they? . Would a densely populated neighborhood be desirable? . Where does my extended family live? My close friends? How far away from them am I willing to be? ( Full Answer )
Speak with a Realtor, ask for a recommendation from a friend or family member on which Realtor to use. The cost of having a Realtor on your side as a buyer is little to none. They will help you find the right property for you and can recommend a reputable mortgage lender.
It makes an excellent first home, - but if you are asking about taxation or benefits as a 'first home' you'd have to ask your provincial or state department that deals with that. - - You don't say where you are - it's always helpful to do so.
Talk to friends and co-workers about realtors in your area and then talk to a few. Check your local library for books and articles on finding a Realtor. After your initial research, you should find a mortgage company that has a solid reputation in your area. Try to find a company that is part of t…he LendRIGHT program (which represents the top 3% of community lenders in the United States) and a direct lender. Direct lending mortgage companies are able to offer programs and services that others can not. These programs include but are not limited to: . First-time home buyer loans . FHA loans and FHA refinance programs . FHA 203K renovation loans . USDA Rural Housing loans . VA home loans and VA refinance loans . Mortgage refinancing options Once you find a trusted mortgage company I would consult with a loan officer about your loan choices. ( Full Answer )
Get a licensed real estate broker in their area to get the latest prices on the homes they are interested in. Look at several before deciding and make sure you have financing in place before you start looking.
1. The loan priving company does a valuation of the property before providing the loan. This helps the buyer know whether he is paying the fair price of the property. 2. The buyer doesn't have to pay rent for accomodation, so a portion of the mortgage payments help save rental costs. 3. Some c…ountries (eg. India) have favorable tax laws on home loan principal and interest payments. The tax savings can be quite beneficial. 4. Good mortgage repayment record helps the buyers improve their credit history, which helps in getting higher loans in future. 5. The buyers, if staying in the mortaged property, can undetake home improvements according to their needs. This is not possible in a rented accomodation. 6. The buyer can take top-up loan against the property if the need arises. 7. Towards the retirement years of life. The buyers can go for reverse mortgage to support retirement years. 8. Brings stability in life, one may have to switch rental accomodation every 2-3 years for various reasons. 9. A home loan is a good loan as the price of the home generally appreciates over time. This is more prudent than taking loan for an asset (eg. car) whose value depreciates over time. 10. While the rental cost keep on increasing as years pass by. The home loan instalments stay more or less constant. Assuming a steady increase in income, home loan instalments' proportion to income keeps falling steadily. Regards Anuj Paul Gosain ( Full Answer )
The question is pretty vague, but I will try to provide you adetailed answer. The most important thing about buying a home for the first time ischoosing the right mortgage program. Most of the times when a home buyer starts his house hunt, he goeslike "well, I have saved money for years and i can …buy whicheverhouse I want." But that is not how things work here. You cannot afford to spend all your money on buying a home anddeplete your budget when it comes to paying bills, home repairs andother monthly costs. How to avoid this this situation? Go to a mortgage lender. He will determine youractual financial situation and help you choose the house that suitsyou best. One more thing, when you consult a lender, you will often hear" you either pay 20% down payment or we wont grant you anyloan. " This is not true! There are several first time home buyer loan programs ( FHA, VA, USDA, Conventional 97 ) that provide you loan forlow or no down payment at all. Then there are programs like VA, USDA which give you an option ofloan with zero down payment. However, both these loans are limitedto a particular class each. (VA for US military veterans and USDAfor those looking for a property in Rural/Suburban areas). On the other hand, FHA and Conventional 97 loan are accessible toanyone for a small down payment. FHA requires 3.5% whileConventional 97 Loan requires a down payment as low as 3%. So when you start you house hunt, determine you financial conditionand go for the loan that suits you best, rather than spending allyour savings on a "Dream Home" that will leave you with a depletedbudget. ( Full Answer )
There are a number of tips for first-time home buyers. This includes talking to people who have purchased homes and learning about the process, making a large down-payment, and looking at the budget and what is affordable.
The Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) is a program thatallows you to withdraw up to $25,000 in a calendar year from yourregistered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to buy or build aqualifying home for yourself or for a related person with adisability.
The typical terms of the first time home buyers tend to be approximately 25 years. The deposit currently runs at approximately 10%, although some lenders may go as low as 5%.
There are many options for first time home buyers when looking for quotes on home loans on the web. Sites like Bank Rate, the government's Housing and Urban Develpment, and Quicken Loans are all good resources.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has a site set up to assist first time home buyers. Check them out at the government web site for your state.
There is information available on the internet that suggests that first time buyers with bad credit need not worry about their bad credit causing issues as they may be a good candidate for a federal mortgage payment plan.
There are many banks where one can find a loan for first time buyers, including Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, The Fannie Mae Foundation, and The Federal Savings Bank.
The most important thing that a first time home buyer should look for in a mortgage loan is that it works for the person who is getting the loan. It's always smart to ensure that it's a reasonable amount and time, in order to fully pay off the mortgage when planned.
First time home buyers can find advice about loans when they log on the website of the Brelteam. There is information about financing, how to determine their needs and options, house hunting and how to make offers.
As a first-time house buyer purchasing their first home, the person should first consider which type of home best suits their needs and what specific features the ideal home would have. One should also consider the price range and mortgage one would qualify for. Before closing the deal, one should o…btain a home inspection for the quality, safety and overall condition of the home. ( Full Answer )
The home buyers can find the informations about the programs from the real estate agents or from the newspaper. They can also acces the Sellings sites.
There are many tips for first time home buyers. First, make sure you have a down payment and are approved for a mortgage. Then find a real estate agent to help you locate your dream house. Remember, do not look at cosmetic things, walls can be painted, rugs can be removed, it is more important to… have a good location, school system, and a home that will pass inspection. ( Full Answer )
A first time new home buyer loan is a loan that is specifically targeted to first time home buyers. Some advantages of a first time home buyer loan include lower down payments, lower interest and lower fees, depending on the company offering the product.
First time home buyers have many options when seeking a home loan. Some online resources include Quicken Loans, VA Mortgage Center, Realtor, and HUD.
When buying any home, you should ask about the neighborhood, crime rate in the area and local amenities available. If you have children, it is also wise to inquire about the local school system as well.
What are the release dates for House Hunters - 1999 First Time Buyers Make Unusual Demands as They Search for a Home in Houston 60-11?
House Hunters - 1999 First Time Buyers Make Unusual Demands as They Search for a Home in Houston 60-11 was released on: USA: 25 April 2012