Finding the right house and getting a good deal can mean the difference between living in your castle – however small your kingdom may be – and dwelling in a home that consumes too much of your paycheck.
Here are five important questions to ask before you buy.
How much house do I qualify for?
Getting prequalified for a mortgage loan tells you the maximum amount you can borrow. It also shows sellers you can afford to close the deal. Don’t automatically decide you’ll borrow the maximum you’re offered. Consider your current and future budgets and then decide how much you actually want to borrow.
How much house do I need?
Buy only as much house as you need and can afford. The larger the home, the more you will pay to insure, heat and cool it. Don’t forget to plan for the cost of repairs and maintenance, which, depending on the age and condition of the house, could be 1 percent to 3 percent of its value per year.
Think about the future, too. Will you need rooms for children or aging parents in the future?
Is the house worth the asking price?
I’ll show you data from recent sales of comparable homes. We’ll look at what people have paid for properties of similar size and amenities near the home you want to buy. That will help you figure out how much to pay without paying too much.
What problems does the house have that could cost me money?
Sellers are supposed to disclose any known problems. But even honest sellers may be unaware of latent flaws in their homes. I’ll help you find a home inspector to examine the home’s major systems and its structure from the roof to the foundation. He’ll tell you what needs repair or replacement.
If the home you want to buy has a pool, septic system or well water, we’ll have a professional look at those, too. A pest inspector will check for termites and other insects that cause costly damage.
Do I have enough money for closing costs?
I can explain the local closing costs so you know how much money you’ll need to close the sale of your new home. We can go over the Good Faith Estimate from your lender and look at other expenses like property taxes and community association fees.
Source: Home Actions