If you happen to be in the enviable position of a first time home buyer with good credit NOW is the time to find a home!! With the combination of historically low interest rates and the Stimulus Package Tax Credit a first time home buyer can’t be in a better position.
Here in eastern Oklahoma County and Choctaw we have a great deal of excellent homes available. Many of these homes have already had updating done to them and are move-in ready.
The first order of business for the buyer is get your financing in order BEFORE you start to look for a home. This will but you in a position of strength when you present an offer to a seller. This also helps you to determine what price range of home and it’s accompanying house payment will be a comfortable fit for you. Your Realtor will be able to give you several lenders to talk to. If you already have a relationship with a bank start there.
When you and your Realtor begin to look for a home take a notebook with you so that you can keep copies of all the information they give to you. I also strongly suggest to buyers to take notes on the homes as, they can all blur into one after seeing several. Once you find one that you feel will work for you, that meets your price & lifestyle requirements don’t think that you must continue to look at other properties. You may loose the one you really like by waiting to see more properties. Great homes in the first time home buyer price range do not stay on the market long. The reason is because there are many more first time home buyers than there are available homes.
Whether I am working with first time home buyer’s or seasoned home buyers I always give them this advice. “When you and your Realtor prepare an offer on a home it is very important to make your FIRST offer your BEST offer!! If you really love a home you don’t want to lose it over a couple of thousand dollars!! If you want a seller to contribute to your closing costs come in at full price so that the seller’s bottom line is not effected by their contribution to your closing costs. You must keep in mind that it is the sellers bottom line that matters to them and you can’t expect them to reduce their sales price and give you money toward your closing costs.
The entire real estate transaction has many documents & deadlines that are required. You must also make a priority to have things to your lender when requested. You will also have to make sure that your inspections on the home are done well within the confines of your contract. If you purpose to stay on top of the deadlines & requests for information you will help insure that your real estate experience will be a happy one. Your Realtor will also be there reminding you of these things, keeping in touch with your lender etc.
Now go out there and find yourself a great Realtor who will help you find a great 1st home!! If you are not yet working with a Realtor please give me a call or send me an email . I am looking forward to hearing from you!!