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Top Tips When Buying a House for the First Time

If you're a first-time buyer, there are some essential things to consider when buying a house. It's a huge life-changing decision, both financially and in terms of lifestyle.

Arm yourself with this information so you can make the best decision possible.

Buying a House: First Things To Do

First, essential "to-do" list items are needed when starting the home-buying process.

Outline Your Budget

Do this before doing anything else.Head over to your bank and speak with a loan officer.

A Comment on Loans

While most people opt for conventional loans, there are also FHA, VA, and 5/5 ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage) loans. Conventional loans require 20% of the cost of the home, but other loans may need less.

The affordability of your monthly payments is not determined just by the cost of the home itself. It is also affected by mortgage interest rates, closing costs, and various fees associated with the home-buying process.

A Comment on Budgets

When determining your budget for a new home, be sure to calculate your new home expenses after the fact as well.

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