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5 to-dos for first-time homebuyers

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10/09/2015 | Author: Jaime Lee

You've decided that your first home should have three bedrooms and a big yard, but what other steps have you taken? There are a few other tasks you'll be glad you took care of before submitting an offer. 

Determine what's important to you. Create a list of your must-have features and refer to it when viewing properties. Your priorities may change, but it can be a good starting point. 

Ask for documents. If you're viewing property in a homeowners association, for example, request a copy of the HOA rules to review and ensure you're willing to abide by them. 

Look into assistance programs. You may qualify for homebuyer-assistance programs based on your profession, income, or the property's location. 

Consider all expenses. When calculating your housing budget, be sure to factor in expenses like taxes, insurance, utilities, and commuting costs.  

Think about resale value. You may appreciate a home's unique features or location, but will potential buyers love them when you're ready to sell? 

One of the easiest tasks you'll want to take care of when you're ready to buy your first home is to hire a Texas REALTOR®. These professionals have the experience and knowledge to help you reach your real estate goals. 

Categories: Buyers, Sellers, Renters
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