Home Buying Checklist: 3 Tips for First-Time Buyers

by Team Pete & Christine 11/20/2022


It's already complicated buying a home. Buying your first home can be even more so. There are plenty of guides available for first-time homebuyers to offer advice throughout the journey, but before you get started, there are some key things you can do to prepare. Here's a list of the best things to do before you start actively searching for your first home:

Save for a Down Payment

One of the biggest expenses to plan for in buying a home is the down payment. If you opt for paying a larger down payment, you won't have to borrow as much for your mortgage. Larger down payments can also have additional benefits, like securing better interest rates or other favorable terms. Plan to save up enough money to cover a down payment of around 3% of the purchase price and you'll be in great shape to buy your first home.

Find an Agent

A buyer's agent will improve and streamline your entire buying experience. A real estate agent will represent you in negotiations and help you with your home search. Their access to special resources and their professional expertise can broaden your possibilities and help you find homes for sale that aren't on the major search portal sites. Working with an agent you trust will take a lot of the anxiety and frustration out of buying your first home.

Get Mortgage Pre-Approval

Finding the right mortgage lender and getting pre-approved for a loan is crucial to the home buying process. A pre-approval serves as proof to sellers that you're financially responsible enough to pay for the house. It also shows that a financial institution has vetted you for things like your credit score, debt-to-income ratio and other factors. Shop around for a mortgage lender before you begin your home search and you'll know how much home you can afford while also improving your chances of a seller accepting an offer.

Buying your first home is a major life event, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Use this simple list to prepare yourself for the process and find your dream home. 

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Team Pete & Christine

Christine Stahl and Pete Lommori combine their experience and skills to better serve their real estate buyers and sellers, making your transaction a successful one. Both Christine and Pete learned the business from the ground up and were taught the ins and outs of good real estate practices and procedures from their fathers – real estate brokers and owners. With two generations and 150+ years of family real estate practice, they continue a family tradition as Realtor’s helping buyers and sellers protect their investments time after time.