Take Charge When Buying a Home

If you approach the home buying process intelligently and with
confidence, you are much more likely to buy a house you'll be proud to
call home.

Approaching the task of buying a home can be overwhelming; there's so much to consider:

  • How much house can I afford?

  • How can I find the best loan?

  • Where will I come up with a down payment, and how much will I need?

  • Should I buy a new or resale home, and which will go up in value?

  • Should I work with an agent or look at homes on my own?

And these questions are just the beginning. Buying a home is one of
the largest financial transactions in your lifetime - do your research
so you know what you’re doing.

Here are the two most important things to remember no matter where you are on the road to home ownership:

1. You can and should understand everything that is happening in the home buying process.

There is nothing that is so complex that it can't be easily explained
to anyone with average intelligence. Just because you don't apply for a
thirty year mortgage once a week doesn't mean you have to take the
first one that comes along. You'll need to learn some new terms, apply
some new concepts and take the time to understand what you're getting

If, at any point, something happens that doesn't make sense to you,
simply demand a full and complete explanation. If it still doesn't make
sense, seek help from someone you trust like your CPA, your banker or
maybe an online real estate columnist.

2. In the world of real estate sales, YOU are the most important person in the entire process.

It's easy to think that everyone else carries more weight than you.
The agent talks fast and has an answer for everything. The lender may
decline your loan application, and on and on.

But the truth is that you, the buyer, are the one person in the
transaction that makes it all happen. If you decide to not buy, the
entire process comes to a grinding halt.

So flex your consumer muscle and take command of this process.
Surround yourself with a team of professionals that you have confidence
in and make them work for you.

Approach home buying with intelligence and confidence, and by doing
your homework, and you are more likely to buy a house you’re happy with
and to know that you made the right decision.