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7 Things to Do When Preparing to Buy a Home

By Jamie Richardson | September 1, 2020

Are you buying a home and looking for a guide that offers some tips to use during the process? You're in luck because we're going to detail what you need to do when preparing to buy a home.

How to Research an Area Before Buying a House
How to Research an Area Before Buying a House

Not only is it going to take the guesswork out of home buying, but it's also going to give you an idea of what to expect from the entire process. Continue reading this guide now for everything that you need to know.

1. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Before you begin the process of purchasing a home, you need to contact the real estate agents in Houston. The agent is going to be the person who takes you on tours of the homes you're interested in.

They will also handle most of the paperwork when it comes to the contract that you'll sign after making an offer on a home. The agent you select to work with should be knowledgeable about the housing market and understand how to get the best deal for their clients.

Once you enter an offer on a home and the listing agent sends you the forms to sign, you're not able to work with any other agents. And if you do wish to work with other agents, you'll need to put it in writing that you're moving forward with someone else.

2. Keep an Eye On Your Credit Score

As a homebuyer, when you're looking to secure a loan to help pay for the home, one thing their going to take a look at is your credit score. If you know that you're going to begin looking for a home in the next few months, you need to know your current credit score.

If your credit score is low, you're going to want to take the necessary steps to improve your score. There are some cases where a lender won't be able to provide you with the loan that you need if your credit score is too low.

There are ways to improve your credit score, for example, paying your bills on time. Another way to improve your credit score is to ensure that you keep your credit card utilization under 30%.

3. Save Money

Homebuying is a rewarding yet stressful process, and like most things, you need to have money to do things like buying a home. One of the best house buying tips that we can offer you is to save money.

The money can be used towards your closing costs, and it can be used to make the necessary renovations in your new home. Trust us, you're going to want to have funds set aside to cover everything that arises during the homebuying process.

4. Review Mortgage Options

Mortgage rates can be high depending on the lender that you select to apply for a loan through. Reviewing your mortgage options will help you to choose the one that works best for you.

You'll want to consider the monthly payments that you'll agree to make. This will ensure that you don't accept an amount that you can't make, which could lead to foreclosure in the future.

Once you know what your mortgage options are, you can consult with a lender about what the best option would be for you and your needs.

5. Get Prequalified

When you get prequalified, you will know how much the lender will provide you with to pay for your new home. After you're prequalified you can begin looking for homes that fit within the budget of the amount the lender will give to you.

Besides, some sellers aren't going to allow you to tour the home if you haven't been prequalified. The reason for this is they want to know that you're serious about homebuying.

6. Do Your Research

Before you start viewing homes, you need to do your research. Your research should include the current prices of the houses in the area that you want to live in and the value of the surrounding homes. You're also going to want to ride through the neighborhood to ensure that you want to live there.

Is the neighborhood quiet? Is there a lot of traffic through the area? You're going to want to know these things if you don't want to be disturbed by noise or if you've got children and don't want to worry about their safety when playing outside.

When you do your research, it'll save you time touring homes that you're not going to want to buy. And it makes room on the list for homes that could potentially be your future home.

7. Make a List of Must-Haves

After you've completed all of the other items on this list, you need to make a list of must-haves when it comes to your dream home. The list should be things like how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want the home to have.

You should also consider whether you want a multilevel or single level home. Knowing what you're looking for in a home will help you remove options that don't fit your criteria.

Preparing to Buy a Home: Everything You Need to Know

When you're preparing to buy a home using all of the tips listed above are going to help you get a step closer to the home of your dreams. Again house hunting can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be.

We hope this article provided you with everything you needed to know. But, before you go read some of the other posts in this section.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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