Having access to proper, thorough information about the real estate market is the only way to ensure your protection as a home buyer. There are few people looking out for you in this business, so the more you know about real estate, the better off you’ll be. We’ll go over some of the things you need to know in this article.
When considering purchasing a piece of real estate that will be your primary residence, you should visit the property several times at varying times of day. You want to see what it is like during the day when everyone is at work, at night when all your neighbors are at home, and on the weekend, when they may tend to throw loud parties.
When you are looking at buying a home look up the neighborhood for sex offenders. The police are in charge of keeping that list updated. However your agent may be able to help you find that information. Of course if you have children you wouldn’t want to move next door to someone that has a record that involves children.
When buying a home after a previous home has foreclosed, you may be asked for a larger down payment. In many cases this is usually around twenty percent. The larger a down payment you can put on a new home the lower the interest rate is going to be for your loan.
Always sign a contract to buy a home “subject to satisfactory inspection”. No matter how beautiful a home is, there could be hidden problems that a good inspector can uncover quickly, such as a bad roof or untrustworthy wiring. If the inspector does discover any major issues, the contract can be ammended so that the seller either has the repairs made before the sale closes or the sales price is lowered to reflect the defects.
Check with non-profit organizations and community sources for down payment assistance programs. These programs may be able to lend you the money, or give you a grant (free money) in order to purchased a home. They may also provide financing education. Doing a little bit of research and investigating may really pay off.
Choose the best time to view a house. While most people wait until the ‘open house’, normally on a Saturday or Sunday, in reality you can request to see the house at any time. Choose a day in the middle of the week when the sellers aren’t there. The realtor will be happy to show you the house, and this way you aren’t looking at the same time as lots of other people. If you decide to make an offer on the house, you can be sure that you are the only one.
When you are out looking at homes, take a camera and notepad with you. After you see a few homes, you can start forgetting which house had which features. Also, make general notes about neighborhoods and local amenities, if you are looking for a home in more than one area of your city.
Buy the least expensive house in the best location. Location is what holds the value of the house. An fixer-upper that is priced below market value in a great neighborhood can be remodeled into a beautiful home that can command a high price. On the other hand, the fanciest home in a mediocre location will not be sold for much more than the average price of a home in the same neighborhood.
Finding the proper protection as a buyer is as rare as finding a house on today’s market priced like it was in 2004. The truth is that no one’s really looking out for you except for you. That’s why it’s important you use the tips you just read in this article to help you make the right decisions.