Goleta, CA (PRWEB) August 1, 2008
ForeclosedHomes.com, a consumer-friendly online resource for finding foreclosed homes and foreclosure information on the web, is familiar with the difficulties of buying a home. But now that the real estate bubble has burst, there's no better time to make this important investment: A home isn't just a place to live, it's a financial asset and a plan for the future.
To help potential homeowners get the most out of the investment, ForeclosedHomes.com has put together a set of home-buying guidelines.
The first step is to determine whether or not now is the right time to buy. A few general rules to consider:
-- Steady employment. It's essential to have a reliable source of income.
-- A solid credit score. A bad credit score will increase mortgage interest rates. Potential homeowners should clean up their credit report and ensure that long-term debts are paid before considering homeownership. And when selecting a house, a potential buyer should determine the qualities that best suit his or her situation.
-- An affordable price. The total cost of a home should generally be less than 2.5 years' pay. Ensure that the down payment and monthly mortgage payments are manageable.
-- Location, location, location. Where a home is located can change its value dramatically. Being in a district with good schools, for example, is important -- both for raising the family and for resale value. Also consider what's going on in the community. Are peace and quiet high priorities, for example? Then perhaps a rural or suburban environment would work best. By contrast, if a desire for high culture and a fast lifestyle is a factor, then an urban setting might be preferred.
-- Size matters. Is the home big enough, and will it allow for future growth?
Finally, when buying the house …
-- Get some help from the pros. Using a real estate agent and a home inspector is important in selecting a good home and making an appropriate bid.
-- Make the right mortgage move. When selecting a mortgage, determine whether it's better to pay additional points: One portion of the interest paid at closing may lead to greater savings down the road. If the plan is to stay around for a while (i.e., more than five years), experts say it's usually better to take the points.
Follow these tips and make your home-owning dream a reality. Buying a home is truly a life milestone, and it can be a big step towards financial security. Finding a good house in a nice neighborhood could be the key to making a home investment pay off, reminds ForeclosedHomes.com.
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