It’s time. You’re ready to move on from following your landlord’s rules and ready to purchase a place you can call home. Follow these steps to make transitioning from renting to buying as easy as possible.
Consider Your Financial Situation
While buying a home may be a better way to build wealth, buying a home is a big financial decision. Take the time to consider your goals and plans for the future, and ask yourself some of the following questions
- How will my finances look different if I buy as opposed to rent?
- Do I have the means to maintain a home and the repairs that come with it?
- Will I be able to make monthly mortgage payments?
Understand the Full Cost of Owning A Home
When you purchase a home, you need to pay more than just your principal and interest rates. Also lumped into your mortgage payment is what’s known as PITI: principal, interest, taxes and insurance.
You’ll also need to consider the extra costs associated with owning a home, including your down payment and closing costs when you first purchase your home, as well as other monthly payments like utilities and other maintenance needs.
Get Your Homebuying Team Together
When you’ve determined that you’re ready to buy, it’s time to put together your homebuying team who will help guide you through the transaction with ease. This includes a REALTOR®, lender, attorney and inspector. Click here for more details on these individual’s roles during the homebuying process.
Start Your Search
We’ve gathered five easy steps to follow in the beginning stages of the home buying process to make the journey to your new home as easy and seamless as possible. This includes creating a plan, researching, finding a REALTOR®, choosing a loan and getting pre-approved. Get more information on these important steps here.