First time home buyer in Castle Rock
If you are a first time home buyer it's important to recognize the additional expenses that come with a home. Here is an excellent post by an expert on the east coast that makes some budgeting suggestions that apply to every first time home buyer. And if you qualified for the first time home buyer tax credit her suggestions on what to do with that money need to be taken seriously. If you are still considering whether or now is the time to be a first time home buyer or not, 2010 brings about many real estate investment opportunities. The first step for a first time home buyer is to be prequalified, which you can do online by clicking here: first time home buyer application. Or call for a no cost, no obligation consultation. We also have a list of qualified real estate specialists that stay current on available first time home buyer properties in our area.
First Time Home Buyers - There Is More To Pay Besides Your Mortgage!
It's always a good idea to have at least 1% of the purchase price saved for surprise expenses. Believe me, there will be surprises! It would be better to have upwards of 3% saved but most buyers are lucky to have $1.00 and a cup of coffee left over after closing costs.
One thing that will help is if you received the $8,000.00 tax credit check, put it right into your savings account and pretend it's not there. Refer back to your home inspection report and that will tell you what you may need for the first few years and beyond when it comes to future repairs. Be prepared for those expenses now and it will save you headaches down road.
Make a budget for repairs. Do not count on borrowing money for repairs. Banks have really tightened up when it comes to Home Equity Lines of Credit.
Do not ignore those "little" repairs. Like a loose or broken kitchen or bathroom tile. When water gets in those crevices, you can end up with water extensive water damage down the road. It's better to spend $150.00 now than spending a few thousand later.
Buying a home is one of the largest investments you are going to make. When you plan things out carefully, it can be a great asset. With no or very little planning, your home will end up being a huge burden on your shoulders.
Have a Happy and Safe New Year!
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