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What To Expect When Buying A House



Buying a house can take as little as a few days if you're buying in cash, or can take years if you're counting the amount of time it takes you to save money for a down payment and decide where to live. In a competitive housing market, you may put in multiple offers on homes before one is accepted. Conversely, mounting worry over a housing recession could lead more sellers to pull their homes from the market, making it more difficult to find a suitable property. If you already have your money saved and have a good idea of the neighborhoods and type of home you want, the process will probably take you two to six months. Ask a local real estate agent for a more accurate timeline based on your local market conditions.




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Homeownership is a journey that can start well before you ever consider pre-approval. Understanding the timeline for buying a house will help you prepare for the process and eventually buy the home of your dreams.


2. Remember that a house purchase involves a contract. When you're buying a house, there are papers to sign. And more papers to sign. Many of those papers - which are actually contracts - look like "standard" home buying contracts with no room for negotiation. That isn't true. Contracts are meant to be negotiated. You don't have to sign a standard agreement. If you want more time to review your inspection, wish to waive a radon test or want to make a purchase subject to a mortgage approval, you can make that part of the deal. That's where a savvy realtor can help. See again #1.


3. Don't necessarily buy for the life you have today. Chances are that buying a house will be one of the bigger financial commitments you'll make in your lifetime. Before you agree to buy what you think might be your dream house, consider your long-term plans. Are you planning on staying at your current job? Getting married? Having kids? Depending on the market and the terms of your mortgage, you may not actually pay down any real equity for between five and seven years: if you aren't sure that your house will be the house for you in a few years, you may want to keep looking.


4. Think about commitment. I'm not talking just about your mortgage. When you get married, the laws of your state generally determine how your assets are treated - and ultimately how they're distributed at divorce. The same rules don't necessarily apply when you're not married. That means you need to think long term. When you buy a house with your significant other who is not your spouse, make sure you have an exit plan if things don't go the way you hope. It's a good idea to have an agreement in place with respect to titling, mortgage payments and liability, repairs and the like: it's best to get it in writing (and yes, I'd recommend getting a lawyer).


5. Look beyond paint. It's often the case that your dream house has that one room that you're already fantasizing about changing. Willmes says to remember that it's fairly inexpensive to fix cosmetic issues (a bit of paint or some wallpaper) but making changes to kitchens and baths can be expensive. She says, "People tend to focus on the cost of cabinets, appliances and counters but sometimes forget about the cost of labor which can double to triple the cost." That doesn't mean that you should give up on a house in need of a significant fix but you should factor in those costs when determining whether you can afford to buy.


6. Buy the house you know that you can afford. This can be different from the price that your mortgage company believes that you can afford. When my husband and I bought our first house, we were approved for a mortgage of about three times more than we ultimately ended up spending. Fresh out of law school and working for established firms, our finances looked good on paper. But we dialed back our expectations because we weren't convinced that our income and expenses would remain at those levels. We were right: two years later, we started our own business just as the economy turned south. The less expensive house meant that we could still make our payments even with less income in pocket. So what's the best ratio to use? Some lenders suggest that you can afford mortgage payments totaling about 1/3 of your gross income but others suggest closer to 28% for housing related costs including mortgage, insurance and taxes. There are a number of factors including your projected income, interest rates, type of mortgage and the market. Ask your mortgage broker to help you understand what's in play.


This process might take longer than you expect, especially when the housing market is busy. According to a February 2021 report from ICE Mortgage Technology, the closing process takes 53 days on average.


During the final week of the escrow timeline, all repairs are completed, and receipts are submitted to the Buyer for review. The Buyer also conducts a final walk-through, to inspect the repairs and verify the house is still in the same condition as when the offer was made. If you are taking out a mortgage, the Escrow Officer will contact you to schedule a loan document signing with a Notary Public. This often takes place at the escrow office, or you can have a mobile notary come to you.


The main title document is the title insurance commitment (the "Commitment") showing the party in title (who owns the house), hopefully the seller. It will also show all of the liens or other clouds on title. Your attorney (if you've hired an attorney) will review the Commitment to make sure that title is in the condition promised in the contract and otherwise acceptable under local law and custom. If you are relying on an escrow company, it will review the Commitment to make sure title complies with the conditions stated in the escrow instructions created to satisfy the lender's requirements. If title is not acceptable, the seller might have to pay off additional liens, or obtain additional signatures. Unexpected title issues could halt or delay your closing.


Conveniently, most closing agents provide digital copies of your entire closing packet. You'll also want to keep the original documents in a safe place, as you might need to provide them when you later sell the house, have to make an insurance claim, or are in another situation where you need to prove ownership. The most important originals are the purchase agreement, deed, and deed of trust or mortgage. In the event originals are destroyed, you might be able to get certified copies of these documents from the lender or closing company, but you don't want to rely on others' recordkeeping systems unless you have to.


A real estate agent can be an invaluable resource as you navigate the homebuying journey. They are there every step of the way to help you get the best deal. Learn what to expect from your real estate agent and how to work well with one.


Whether you're determining how much house you can afford, estimating your monthly payment with our mortgage calculator or looking to prequalify for a mortgage, we can help you at any part of the home buying process. See our current mortgage rates, low down payment options, and jumbo mortgage loans.


As someone who has owned historic homes over the years, including one built in 1790, Bull encourages buyers to put aside $30,000 for upgrades. The agent has compiled a checklist of what potential buyers should look for when house hunting.


You also may have to pay a home inspection fee. Lenders may require a home inspection fee to confirm that your house is livable and structurally sound. You can expect to pay around $300 to $500 for a home inspection, but the exact figure will depend on your home and where you live.


Buying a home, especially for the first time, can come with lots of confusion and unanswered questions. Buying a home requires things such as patience, persistence, and dedication. Another very important thing that is extremely helpful when buying a home is making sure you have a top producing buyers agent working on your behalf!


So, what things should you expect from your real estate agent when buying a home? The following 10 things are items that you should absolutely make sure you will receive from your buyers agent when buying a home.


One of the most popular advances in technology that you should expect your real estate agent to be using when buying a home is some form of digital signature software. There are several companies and programs available that allow a real estate agent to obtain required signatures without having to physically meet with a buyer. This can save lots of time not only for a real estate agent, but also you. Since most home buyers have very busy work schedules and personal schedules, this can eliminate a delay in getting signatures on a required document and also expedite the transaction and help avoid potential delays.


Throughout the home buying process, there are many different professionals that are usually needed. Professionals such as mortgage consultants, home inspectors, structural engineers, and attorneys are just a few of the professionals who you can expect to be in contact with when buying a home.


When buying a home, you should expect that if your real estate agent says they will meet you at a property at 11:00 AM, they are there at 11:00 AM or before. Being late to appointment after appointment shows a lack of professionalism.


Just like the market values can drastically change from one town to another, the local rules, regulations, and documents can as well. When buying a home, you should expect your real estate agent has a strong knowledge of the local rules, regulations, and various documents that maybe required.


That might be fine with you, especially if you enjoy do-it-yourself projects. But if you're thinking of buying a century-old house, you want to know what you might be in for and then get out your wallet. These are some issues century-old homes tend to have in common. 041b061a72


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