Don’t worry — your Port Aransas Realtor® will walk you through the whole process.
3 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Port Aransas
Your first excursion into the real estate market is exciting, but it can be a little confusing (and if we’re being honest, it can be a little scary, too).
With the right help, though, you’ll come out of it unscathed… And you’ll own your own home.
First-Time Home Buyer Tip #1: Get Your Finances in Order Before You Start House-Hunting
Order your free credit report from Annual Credit Report. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, everyone’s entitled to one free copy of his or her credit report every year. Annual Credit Report is the one the FTC recommends you use, but there are other services available — just be careful that you’re not signing up to pay for something when you don’t have to do so.
Start talking to lenders. Get quotes on mortgages, and compare their rates and fees.
Figure out how much money you can spend on a down payment. Typically, the more you spend on a down payment, the lower your mortgage payments will be. If you qualify for a VA loan, use it! Try to get preapproval for a loan (not prequalification, but preapproval) before you start looking; that way, you’ll know your budget and you’ll be able to find homes that really meet your needs.
First-Time Home Buyer Tip #2: Separate Your “Needs” From Your “Wants”
You need a bathroom and a bedroom, and probably a kitchen… but that’s if you’re flying solo. If you have children, you’ll have to plan for their needs. Don’t forget to think about the future, too; if you’re growing your family (or if some are leaving the nest), you’ll have to plan accordingly.
We all want a swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen, and a big, roomy garage, but unless you need these things, you may want to brace yourself; they might not be feasible when you’re buying your first home.
First-Time Home Buyer Tip #3: Let Your Realtor Do the Heavy Lifting
Tell your Realtor what you need and what you want. Make sure she knows about your budget and your preapproval status so she can find Port Aransas real estate listings that meet your needs, and set up times to go see the homes you’re interested in buying.
Remember while you’re house-hunting that great homes don’t stay on the market for long. If you find one you love, make an offer. Your Realtor will help you every step of the way!
Are You Buying a House in Port Aransas?
If you’re buying a home in Port Aransas, call us at 361-563-7788 right away. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find it.
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