Whether it is your first home or a second investment property, the purchase of a house is a significant decision. There are several crucial factors to consider before committing to purchasing such a large asset. These factors will heavily influence your decision and ensure that every aspect is explored prior to getting locked into a Contract of Sale.
Are you or a loved one buying a home? Here are 12 things you should know before purchasing a new home or residential property.
- Budget: Ensure that you determine your budget and that you are financially prepared for the down payment, mortgage, and other associated costs. Title insurance and recording fees are often forgotten until the very end of the transaction. This is why it is important to have a realistic understanding of the costs associated with finalizing the transaction.
- Location: The purchase of a property is often a long-term investment. As a result, you want to make sure you a purchasing property that meets your every need, whether that be sending your children to a certain school district or your travel time to work. Research the neighborhood, proximity to amenities, schools, transportation, and potential developments that could affect the area.
- Home Inspection: Always get a thorough home inspection to identify any hidden issues or repairs needed before finalizing the purchase. Failure to complete a home inspection may result in you being responsible for making significant repairs to aspects of the home you weren’t aware required repair. This can be an expensive error.
- Property History: Check the property’s history, including previous owners, past renovations, and any potential legal or title-related concerns. The more knowledge you have about the property, the more comfortable you will be investing in the property.
- Real Estate Agent: Work with a reliable real estate agent who can guide you through the buying process and negotiate on your behalf.
- Market Trends: Understand the current real estate market trends to make an informed decision on when and where to buy. This information is often readily available to you through online searches and articles.
- Future Growth: Consider the potential for future property value appreciation and development in the area. Most properties will grow in value, which will ultimately make the property the perfect long-term investment. Further development to the areas around the property will also assist in increasing the value of the property.
- Financing Options: Explore different mortgage options and get pre-approved for a loan to strengthen your offer. There are hundreds of financial institutions that are ready and willing to provide financing to you. Research a number of different options to ensure that you are finding the best fit for your needs.
- Utility Costs: Inquire about past utility bills to get an idea of potential ongoing expenses. It is always a good idea to obtain as much information as possible. It is never a good feeling when you are blindsided by additional expenses.
- Homeowners Association (HOA): If the property is part of an HOA, review its rules, fees, and regulations.
- Insurance: Research the types of insurance required for the property and understand the coverage you need.
- Resale Value: Even if you don’t plan to sell soon, think about the property’s resale potential for future considerations.
Remember, purchasing a house is a process that requires careful consideration. Take your time and conduct thorough research before making any decisions. If you have any questions during this process, please do not hesitate to contact our real estate attorney, Claudia M. Rodr, Esq. at (716) 855-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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