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Are you ready to purchase your first home this year? For most people, buying their first home is an exciting milestone. Unfortunately, due to their lack of experience, first-time home buyers are prone to making mistakes in the homebuying process. Keep reading and discover a few helpful tips for people buying their first home in 2019.

 

Know where you stand financially

One of the first steps a home buyer needs to take before beginning their home buying search is to understand where they stand financially. It is essential for people to realize that in order to receive a low mortgage rate, you need a good credit score. If your credit score is low, be sure to take the necessary steps to fix it. Not only will a good credit score save you a lot of money over time, but it will make it easier to get approved for a loan. From there, you can then set a budget and determine how much money you can put towards your down payment. Most people put down between 5 to 20 percent of the price of the home.

Understand the market

Before you even think about placing an offer on a home, you need to do your homework and conduct research on the current market in the area. For instance, you want to understand what homes are currently selling for and how long it takes for those homes to sell. The more you know, the more prepared you will be to place a fair offer on the property.

Create a wishlist

What is important to you in your next home? Do you need a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms? Do you want a finished basement or a big backyard? When embarking on a home search, it is easy to forget what you need the most when there are several options on the table. It is always a good idea to write down your top priorities because that will help you narrow down your search and help you stay focused on what is most important to you.

 

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