We have calculus and chemistry classes in school, but there is no formal education system to prepare for one of the biggest events of a lifetime: buying a home. There are countless resources about the process and legalities of buying a house — and you’ve read and studied them all. But buying a home also raises some emotional concerns. Before you make an offer on the house, here are 4 things you must remind yourself.
1. Don’t Worry. Being Nervous is Normal.
Buying a home, particularly for the first time, can feel incredibly stressful. It can be confusing when you feel anxiety instead of excitement about something that is often portrayed as a positive commitment. Don’t worry, we understand. This is a big investment and you’re not just making a big purchase, you’re buying your future home. Feeling nervous is totally normal.
One way to counter this is to try to focus on the things that you can control. Don’t get bogged down by the “What-If’s”. Do your research and get the facts – it helps to partner up with a knowledgeable Realtor who has experience & is patient to guide you through the process. Never rush into a decision out of fear or pressure, but rather take the time to make the right choice for you.
2. It’s Okay to Make Sure the Price is Right
It can be easy to lose sight of your finances when weighing potential house prices, simply because the numbers involved are so big that they don’t feel like real money. If there’s an opportunity to push on price and get even a small discount, it can make a big difference.
Consider a house listed at $250,000 that you can negotiate down to $240,000. On one hand, you’ve only knocked off 4 percent, which hardly seems like a big deal. However, look at it from a different perspective. In addition to saving $10,000, you’ll save more than $5,000 in interest costs on a 25-year mortgage with a 4 percent interest rate. That’s a savings of more than $15,000 in the long run! So no, it’s not just 4 percent. And yes, it’s okay to make sure the price is right.
3. Get a Feel for the Neighborhood
You’ll want to feel safe in your new home. One way to find out whether you’re moving to a peace haven or a crime hot spot is to check official crime statistics, such as those available through the Department of Justice website. You can also get a home insurance quote. If the premiums are unexpectedly high, this could be a bad sign about the neighborhood.
Despite all the statistics and data you read, sometimes your own gut feeling is the most reliable.
Don’t just rely on your initial visit to the property, which will often be during the daytime. Go back to the area a few more times: once after nightfall and once during rush hour. Get a good feel for the neighborhood. This will give you a better idea of whether you’ll feel safe in the area, and how bearable the traffic and the noise will be.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Ask your Realtor about anything you need to know. Don’t worry about coming off as needy or annoying – it is true that there is not such thing as a dumb question… especially when spending a lot of money to buy a home. Everyone knows and understands that buying a house is a huge commitment. Remember, you’ll be dealing with these people for a matter of mere weeks, but you’ll be living in your new home for many years.
In the same vein, never assume anything. Make sure the sale documents detail exactly what fixtures and fittings will come with the house—from light bulbs to garden furniture. Ask your Realtor and mortgage lender for an exact breakdown of the closing costs you’ll have to pay beyond the property purchase price. And be sure you know the timetable of all the steps between making an offer and physically unlocking the front door to your new home.
When in doubt, just ask. We will always be happy to keep you informed and put your mind at ease.
Now that you’ve put your mind at ease, look for your perfect dream home now at LocalListingPro.com!