top of page
  • Writer's pictureltgroupre

Advice for first-time home buyers

Updated: Nov 2, 2022


Buying your first home is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. If you've never purchased property before, here are some tips on how to make the process easier:

Good credit can save you thousands of dollars.

Good credit can save you thousands of dollars.

  • It’s hard to get a mortgage with bad credit, but it's even harder to get one with good (or excellent) credit. That's where the average savings come in: If your loan has a lower interest rate because of your stellar score (and there are plenty of lenders who will prefer borrowers with top scores), you'll be able to afford more houses and pay off your loan faster—meaning less money down and fewer monthly payments overall! Plus, if you use private mortgage insurance (PMI) on that same loan, it'll cost about half as much as regular PMI would have been before considering your good-to-excellent FICO score.*

A bigger down payment helps you get a lower interest rate and avoid private mortgage insurance.

A bigger down payment helps you get a lower interest rate and avoid private mortgage insurance.

  • The smaller the amount of money you put down, the more likely it is that you’ll default on your loan. In order to show their commitment to the home, many first-time home buyers choose to use savings or another asset for their down payment instead of taking out additional loans or taking out an insurance policy called private mortgage insurance (PMI). This can be helpful if there are any issues with your credit score or other factors preventing you from qualifying for traditional financing options such as FHA-insured loans or conventional mortgages; however, it isn't always possible for everyone who wants to buy into this market--especially if they have little access either financially or physically due location constraints (e., not being able to afford living in certain areas without some help).

Set a realistic budget, and talk to a real estate agent about which neighborhoods are in your price range.

  • Set a realistic budget, and talk to a real estate agent about which neighborhoods are in your price range.

  • Talk to your mortgage lender about what they can do to make it easier for you to qualify for a loan.

  • Keep in mind that buying a home is an investment, so be sure to take into account the future value of your house when setting out how much money you want to spend on it (see below).

Look for a realtor who knows the area.

  • Look for a realtor who knows the area.

  • Real estate agents are trained to help you find the right house, which means they will know what type of property is selling in your neighborhood and how much it should cost. They can also give advice on negotiating with sellers, as well as recommend inspectors to make sure that the condition of your new home is safe.

Make sure you consider all closing costs, including private mortgage insurance (PMI), when budgeting for your loan.

When you’re shopping around for a home loan, make sure you consider all closing costs. Closing costs are fees that lenders charge to secure loans and close on the purchase of your new home.

Closing costs include:

  • Private mortgage insurance (PMI) - This is a fee that lenders charge to insure your loan, so they can sell it to investors or other institutions in case there isn't enough equity in your property at closing time. PMI usually comes with a higher interest rate than what most people would pay, but it's important to keep in mind that this will be part of your monthly mortgage payment regardless of how much equity you have already paid off through taxes or cash out refi/loans or any other method used by homeowners when buying houses before taking out mortgages themselves; therefore it should not be considered separate from these amounts since they're all included within one single monthly payment amount (for example: $1k down payment plus $400/mo amortized over 30yrs @ 7% interest rate).

  • Escrow account fees - These include escrow accounts set up by banks which hold funds until they receive payments from borrowers' checks once those checks have cleared through clearinghouse systems like SEPA Direct Debit Europe Sveriges Ekspres Bank AB Stockholm SEB Bank AB Stockholm SEB Bank AB Stockholm SE BANK XXIII Västra Götaland County Council Central Finance Office Finance Department Finance Division Finance department

Don't be afraid to negotiate in a buyer's market.

Don't be afraid to negotiate in a buyer's market. In the current real estate climate, it's not unusual for home prices to be lower than they were a few years ago. If you find yourself priced out of your ideal neighborhood or town, don't panic! There are ways to get what you want and still make an informed decision about moving forward with purchasing a home.

Be willing to walk away from an offer if something doesn't feel right; not all offers are created equal—even if they're coming from reputable lenders or brokers who have been working together long enough (and trust me on this) that they should know their stuff pretty well already since there aren't many options available when compared side by side against each other anyway so why waste time trying out multiple ones before moving forward with one?

Small repairs will be easier to fix while you own a home than they will be once you've sold it.

If you plan to stay in your home for a long time and make repairs, it can be tempting to skip them. But if you do that, when you sell the house, those repairs will become more important. You’ll want to make sure that everything from electrical outlets to leaky pipes are fixed before listing your house or selling it at auction.

If this sounds like too much work for someone who just wants their new home ready for occupancy ASAP (and doesn't care about buying another one), then consider renting out an apartment instead of renting out an entire unit on their own property—or even better yet: live with roommates!

Buying a home is an investment, so treat it as one.

Buying a home is an investment, so treat it as one.

  • Make a financial plan: Before you even start looking at houses, you should have an idea of how much house and mortgage you can afford. If this isn't clear to you yet, don't worry—it will be soon enough! Here are some questions that might help get your wheels turning:

  • What will my gross monthly income be? How much do I make after taxes and other deductions (like 401k contributions)? Are there any taxes or fees associated with owning this property that could reduce the amount of money available for monthly payments on my mortgage? What are all the costs associated with owning this home in addition to principal and interest payments on my loan (i.e., homeowners insurance)? Is there anything else I should know about before I buy anything else like furniture or appliances?

Buyers need to do their research before buying their first house.

Before you buy your first home, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, you need to research the area where it's located. This can include local real estate markets and even the neighborhood itself. You'll also want to research homes similar in size, style and price range as yours so that you can get an idea of what it might cost when looking at other properties in that same city or neighborhood.

You should also look into how much property tax will be paid on this particular house (and if there is any kind of rebate) because it may affect how much house prices rise over time; especially if there were no recent changes made by city officials regarding taxes being charged on homes owned by certain groups within society like renters vs homeowners."


It's hard to imagine that you will ever be able to make this kind of decision, but remember that you're in charge. You have to do your research and make an informed decision about what's right for you. If you follow these tips, then hopefully we've given you some valuable information about how best to navigate the process. Good luck!

10 views0 comments


bottom of page