Terry’s Blog: Know the Best Advice About Buying Real Estate

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There are a lot of pitfalls and traps when it comes to real estate, but especially when you are on the buying end. Knowing what to look for and what to do to ensure that you get the best deal are essential. The rest of this article will show you how you can make the best purchase possible.

When you are interested in buying a home you should always know your credit score. Keep on eye on your credit report so that you will know if anything unusual pops up. If something on your report wasn’t paid or there is a error, it can affect your credit score. Even the littlest thing can cost you points and you don’t want to be turned down for a loan because of 2 points.

When looking at a home to purchase, be sure that the work that may have been done was done with permits. Check to make sure that the square footage matches up with the records on file with the tax assessor, and if they differ have an agent check for work permits that may have been taken out for that home. It will save you the hassle of being responsible of bringing the work up to code.

Mortgage lenders will use a housing expense-to income ratio to calculate how much of a mortgage you will be able to afford to pay for. They calculate the property tax payments, principle and interest on the loan and insurance premiums on the home and use it to determine your potential payment to see if it is affordable.

Hire a professional inspector to closely inspect the home before you buy it. Have an inspection done that includes a room-by-room review, the exterior home components, electrical systems, foundation inside and out, furnace and air conditioning units, plumbing and any crawl spaces, and the attic. This will enable you to know if there are any major or minor problems with the house prior to purchase.

If you can afford to, purchase a home protection plan. These policies will cover repairs to appliances that come with the home like water heaters, oven, and air conditioners. These policies can end up saving you a nice chunk of change if something goes wrong during your first year home owning the property.

Don’t trust your own numbers. Have a trusted financial advisor look over them as well, to ensure that you have not overlooked or excluded anything that may prove quite important. Having someone else crunch the numbers not only increases their accuracy, but also improves the confidence level you will have when purchasing your home.

When packing things in boxes, try to keep things separate for each room. Then label each box to show which room it belongs in and write the count of which box it is out of the total for the room: one of five, etc. This will help the movers decide where they should put each box. In turn, it will help you get unpacked faster.

It’s a lot to absorb. But as with most things, knowledge is power. We need that knowledge in order to protect ourselves and make wise decisions. When it comes to your real estate purchases, this is especially important. This article has given you a head start in your new expanded understanding of buying real estate.

Terry is a gay friendly real estate agent in Sioux Falls SD, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the greater Sioux Falls area, contact Terry at     terrybornitz@kw.com     or visit his web site.     terryb.kwrealty.com

 

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