Five Keys To Buying Your First Home

February 24, 2021

Buying Your First Home: What Should You Consider?

The decision to buy your home is not the same as renting. Unlike the first one, renting is a transitory process and for a limited period of time. Renting can take from a couple of months to two or three years. On the other hand, buying a house means having a medium and long term commitment. Therefore, it is not a decision to be taken lightly.

It is not difficult to imagine the house of your dreams. We all want a large, comfortable, well-located space, with all the possible benefits and at the best price. Although, when it comes to buying we should be a little more restrained with ourselves, there are certain more practical criteria that are necessary to accompany your decisions.

Therefore, in this article we will talk about what decisions to make when buying your first home. Along with all your real estate desires, it is essential to accompany these goals with clear parameters so that the process is as transparent as possible.

Five Keys That Will Help You When Buying Your First Home

1. Go to the property and get to know it.

This is fundamental. If it is the place you are going to buy and in which you are going to live for a long time, then getting to know it has to be the first thing you do. Visiting the property helps you create a better image of what you are going to buy.

Now, it is not enough to go and visit it once. It is always advisable to visit it several times. Go at different times of the day. This will help you to know if it has good lighting, if it does not have annoying odors, pests or if you will have noisy neighbors. Even if there are flaws and faults, you will be able to negotiate the price.

Also visit with other people. This will allow you to see other aspects that, possibly, go unnoticed from your point of view. 

Also create a list of the things you are looking for. This will help you establish a much more precise selection criteria. Also, you will be able to choose your property quickly and with clear objectives.

2. Discuss the terms of the contract and then read them.

Once you have chosen the property you like, it is time to discuss with the real estate agency and the owners of the property the terms of the contract. Usually, when they show you an apartment or house they have a fixed price and certain conditions. But, in case you did not know, these conditions can be discussed and negotiated.

Before establishing and writing the contract, it is important that you take for granted what you want to appear in it. For example, methods of payment, dates, specific conditions of delivery of the property. Also, depending on the condition of the property, you can negotiate the price.

Ask for the contract to be shown to you in advance. That way, you will know the conditions of the purchase-sale before acquiring the property. Once you have done this, you can go on to sign with the notary.

3. Be familiar with financing issues.

It is more than clear that buying a house is very expensive. However, in many cases it is not mandatory to pay cash. That is why bank financing is available. Basically, what you have to do is go to the bank and ask for a mortgage loan to buy a property.

Depending on the country, the conditions vary a lot. However, these are the conditions in the Spanish market, which are repeated in many other countries:

  • To have a job with verifiable income and salary receipts.
  • The mortgage payments should not exceed a certain percentage of your monthly income. For example, they should not exceed 30% or 35% of your income.
  • No outstanding debts or negative endorsements.
  • Have at least a percentage of the total value of the property in savings. This figure also tends to vary a lot, but it ranges between 20% and 30%.

4. Seek expert advice before renting or buying.

There are experts in the market that can give you advice and explain in detail how real estate issues work. They will tell you about costs, laws, contracts, among others. 

Companies like Frementa and many others can help you in this matter.

That way, you will be able to be more on topic with the offers you can get. You will be able to defend yourself better in everything they offer you and negotiate correctly.

5. Compare offers and look for information.

No matter how beautiful an apartment or house is, you should not take the first offer you find. This significantly reduces the number of properties you could see and indirectly forces you to make a bad decision when buying. Therefore, see several available places, what their prices are and the conditions in which they are.

When visiting housing web portals you will see that they have many different options under the same criteria that you filter. That way, your margin of comparison will be much wider.

Final Considerations About Buying Your First Home

In a nutshell, what you should do is: visit the properties, look for information, compare and discuss the conditions of the contract. That way, you will have an excellent contract with the apartment or house of your dreams.

Buying a property is easier than you think if you organize yourself, have all the necessary requirements and establish a search criteria.

In conclusion, buying a house is something that can be done if you know what to do. Follow these useful tips so that you can buy your house in a very short time. You will be able to get your dream house in the outskirts of the city or a comfortable and bright apartment near your work. Buying your first home will most likely be the dream of your life. So why not get it right? With these keys you will make the whole process much easier.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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