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What You Need to Know When Buying Your Dream Home

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Buying a home is a life goal for many people, so it’s understandably exciting when you get the opportunity to purchase your first property or your dream house. Whether you’re new to the property market or you’ve been around the block a few times, here are some tips to help make purchasing a new property easier and less stressful.

Financing Your Property

Most people use a mortgage to finance their property purchases. While it is possible to use cash, real estate is more expensive than ever before, making it a more difficult option for many buyers. 

Buying with cash means that you don’t have to worry about going into debt and the property is owned outright, which can make your life easier when selling or expanding your real estate portfolio. You’re also more financially stable if you do run into issues, as you can use the value of your property as an asset and safety net.

If you do decide to get a mortgage, you should still save for a healthy deposit. While a minimum of 10% is required many lenders prefer a larger deposit. The deposit, combined with your regular income and credit score, will determine how good a deal you will get on your mortgage.

Inspecting the Property

It’s always important to inspect the property in person before you buy. If you can’t go yourself, ask a trusted friend or family member to look at the property. While most real estate agents provide pictures or even a virtual tour, it’s not the same as seeing it in real life.

You should also hire professionals to inspect the property or land for any issues. This means that if there are any issues that aren’t immediately obvious, you will know about them. Some people have made the mistake of buying a home that seems perfectly fine, but that has major structural flaws that need expensive repairs shortly after buying. 

Buyer’s remorse is especially painful when you should be enjoying your dream home.

The Legal Jargon

Speaking of making mistakes when purchasing, you may find that buying a property involves a lot of legal jargon and paperwork to sign. If you don’t understand this, it’s easy to make mistakes that might complicate or even invalidate your purchase, extending the process and making it more painful and expensive for everyone involved.

It’s a good idea to hire professionals to help you through the process so you know what kind of paperwork you need and what certain words mean. For example, will you need to sign a quitclaim deed, or a different kind of deed when taking ownership of the property? 

Real estate lawyers, agents, and financial advisors can help you make wise decisions. Attorneys can be especially helpful if you’re making a large or complicated purchase, or if you’re acquiring property for a business.

In short, don’t rush the process, and make sure that everything is above board. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth avoiding the potential headache of getting things wrong.

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