Homeownership is a huge step in achieving financial freedom and building your net worth. It’s no secret that the real estate market is currently extremely tight, with a severe lack of inventory available, and an influx of home buyers willing to put in all cash offers in order to secure their dream space. However, setbacks and challenges do not mean that you cannot make a game plan to purchase a home as the market continues to ease up.
Let’s explore the top five ways to achieve your goal of becoming a homeowner!
One of the biggest mistakes potential homeowners make when touring properties is being dishonest with themselves when it comes to finances. As you begin your homebuying journey, it is important to set realistic expectations about where you are financially, and where you need to be in order to invest in a home. Consulting with a financial professional can help you ensure you have enough money in your savings and will be able to contribute to your down payment without breaking the bank.
Our next step is to create a robust budgeting plan to help you achieve your goal of becoming a homeowner within a realistic timeframe. The truth is, it can be extremely difficult to achieve a savings goal without sticking to the plan that you can abide by every day. Be realistic about your savings timeline so you know when to start touring homes and submitting applications.
Saving for a down payment, and having money in the bank to contribute to your mortgage is only part of the picture when it comes to owning a home. Be sure to consider moving costs and other closing expenses in your budgeting plan as you work towards becoming a homeowner. Your mortgage lender and real estate agent can help you uncover hidden costs in these areas.
The real estate market is not excluded from online scams. When planning tours and gathering materials for application, be sure that you vet contacts and websites to help yourself feel confident before hitting submit.
feeling confident in your employment is another key aspect of making a significant purchase such as a home. Be sure to have an open conversation with your manager and carefully watch the stock price of your company, as well as layoff patterns or reduction in force signals. you want to be sure that you feel secure in your job prior to becoming a homeowner!
We hope this article helped you outline five of the best ways to become a homeowner. To work with a professional who can help you create a realistic timeline and explore homes that fit your budget and needs, contact VSells & Associates today!
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