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Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

February 14, 2017

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Everyone wants to own their dream home! The idea of having a piece of property to call your very own makes people more motivated to look for ways they can be closer to getting their dream home.

Homeownership is a huge deal, not just emotionally and mentally – but also financially. People feel excited to own their own home but it entails a major financial responsibility before you can get from point A to point B. Therefore it is crucial to prepare yourselves before you jump seriously into looking to purchase a home.

Here are a few ways to prepare yourself for home ownership:

  • Talk to your family. Talk to the people who may be involved in this huge financial responsibility. Make sure your family agrees with you so they can be more supportive in you buying a house and agree to make whatever sacrifices are necessary once the home is purchased.
  • Know your credit standing. Do you have a good credit score? Are you capable of having a home loan? Are you qualified for a home loan? Talking to a local lender will be your best bet for developing a plan from the financial angle. No need to go it alone!
  • Understand the financial risks involved. Evaluate the financial implications of owning a house. This means understanding the responsibility of having a monthly mortgage. Understand the compromises that you adopt to budget in your home loan. Assess your current household finances and then add in your projected new payment. If you are renting – aim for a payment equal to, or not much greater than your rent to avoid financial stress and hardship.
  • Create a financial buffer. Your home mortgage is not the only expense that you need to consider when thinking of buying a house. There are also the costs of closing on the home, moving, and needed expenses for repairs and renovations as may occur.

Look for a good realtor. In every process of homeownership, you need all the help you can get! Especially from someone who knows his or her way around the market. Work with a reliable real estate agent so you can get your dream house and reduce your time and effort in searching on your own.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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