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Things To Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

by Elaine Ryan

If you are in the market to buy your first home, it is important to know what to look for before making a final purchase. There are many people who assume that purchasing a home is a quick and easy process because they have never done it before. The guide below walks you through a few things you need to know before you even start looking at homes.

Know How Much You Can Afford to Spend

Before you start looking for a home, you need to establish a budget for the house that you want to buy. You can meet with a lender and get preapproved for a loan to know exactly how much you can afford to spend on your first home. This will make the home buying process much easier because you will not waste your or the realtors time looking at homes that you will not be able to afford to purchase in the end.

Consider What the Future May Hold

If you and your spouse have decided that you plan to have children in the future, be sure that you search for a home that is in a good school district. If you plan to get a dog later on down the road, consider a house with a good sized yard for the dog to be able to run around in. If your in-laws will be coming to live with you in the near future, consider purchasing a home that has a dedicated in-law suite or an apartment over the garage so you and your spouse can still have your space and provide your in-laws with a comfortable place to live, as well.

Consider Your Interests and Needs

Finally, you need to consider the things you like to do and the things you have to do on a regular basis. You want to be sure that the home is located near both you and your spouse's work so that you do not have to make a long commute every day. If you enjoy buying fresh food every day, be sure there is a market nearby. If you enjoy recreational activities such as bowling, billiards, or playing tennis, be sure that the area can accommodate your needs.

Choosing the right house for you will take time. Providing your real estate agent with as many details about the home that you think will be right for you will ensure that they can quickly narrow down the many options that are available to help you find the perfect house for you as soon as possible. Look for homes for sale in your area when you are ready.