Top tips for first-time buyers

If you’re looking at buying your first home, then chances are you may be feeling pretty overwhelmed right now. Here are some top tips on how to prepare so you can hopefully enjoy the process as much as possible!

Speak to a professional

Unless you work in real estate, it is unlikely that you’re going to be very knowledgeable when it comes to housing and mortgages. Don’t worry – this is the case for many of us! Luckily there are plenty of professionals out there who can help. Speaking to a mortgage advisor is a good way to determine how much you will be able to borrow and how much you need to save. This should be the first thing you do in your house hunting journey to avoid the disappointment of viewing houses that you later discover you cannot afford. 

Consider all your options

When considering buying your first home, it can be easy to fall into the trap of pre-determining what you want without doing any research. This is only natural, and many of us look for houses similar to those we have grown up in. However, in doing this you may cut yourself off from fantastic housing opportunities. Try to keep an open mind, look into new areas you haven’t considered before, and look at new houses in your chosen area to see what is out there.

Be realistic

Almost the opposite of pre-determining what you are looking for, some of us will fall into the trap of getting carried awaywith a house search. Speaking to a professional and having a clear budget in mind will help with this but it is also good to create a priorities list. Very few people are able to buy their dream home straight away, and that’s okay. But, having a list of non-negotiables is a good place to start. Establish absolute must-haves for your home, this could be anything from a certain proximity to your office to a minimum number of bedrooms. Then, determine things that are nice to have but not essential, again this could be anything from a south-facinggarden to a separate dining room. These will all be completely dependent on your preferences. Creating this list will save you lots of time during your house hunt as you won’t be spending time viewing homes that don’t satisfy your ‘must-haves’ criteria. 

Take a step back 

Hopefully, these tips will help with your journey as a first-time buyer. However, it is unrealistic to expect it not to be stressful in any way. If the process gets stressful, try and take a step back where possible. Remind yourself what it is you working towards but don’t beat yourself up for feeling stressed, it’s only natural but it will all be worth it.

Best of luck!

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