Before you rush out to purchase a home, there a few tips that might help you get a great deal on the home of your dreams. First, before anything else, it would be in your best interests to talk with a lending company and receive a pre-qualification letter. This letter will let you know exactly what your maximum mortgage amount can be.
Many times, the lending company will ask that you put up a “good faith” payment that will be put in an escrow account; this money shows the home seller that you are serious about purchasing their home.
Next, you should have a home inspector to go to the home that you wish to purchase. Even if the home seller and the real estate agent already has one for you to see, you should invest the money into getting a home inspector of your own. The inspector will note any problems that he sees with the home in the way of repairs and you should look over this very carefully before signing any contracts. You do not want any surprises like a bad foundation or a leaky roof.
Look for a location that fits your lifestyle, such as proximity to schools, the beach, work, or any other activities that you enjoy. You may wish to find a home close to the elementary school, near a shopping centre, or even away from all the noise of the big city. Visit the neighborhood at different times during the day and in the evening and night to see what goes on in the neighborhood before you purchase. Do not take anyone’s word on how quiet the neighborhood really is. You can also find out the crime statistics in the area to ensure you are seeking a home in a safe area.
You can talk with a realtor and learn what homes are going for in the same neighborhood with similar amenities to make sure the home you wish to buy is not overpriced or under priced. If the property is way under market value, you should try to learn why before signing any type of contract. If the property is overpriced, you can always try to negotiate with the seller to try to get them to lower the price to a more reasonable price.
Sameer S Panjwani is the CEO of ChoiceOfHomes.com - Home Buying made easy with a wide choice of real estate listings of homes for sale.