Take Charge When Buying a Home

If you approach the home buying process intelligently and with confidence,
you are much more likely to buy a house you'll be proud to call home.

Approaching the task of buying a home can be overwhelming; there's so much to

  • How much house can I afford?

  • How can I find the best loan?

  • Where will I come up with a down payment, and how much will I need?

  • Should I buy a new or resale home, and which will go up in value?

  • Should I work with an agent or look at homes on my own?

And these questions are just the beginning. Buying a home is one of the
largest financial transactions in your lifetime - do your research so you know
what you’re doing.

Here are the two most important things to remember no matter where you are on
the road to home ownership:

1. You can and should understand everything that is happening in the
home buying process.

There is nothing that is so complex that it can't be easily explained to
anyone with average intelligence. Just because you don't apply for a thirty year
mortgage once a week doesn't mean you have to take the first one that comes
along. You'll need to learn some new terms, apply some new concepts and take the
time to understand what you're getting into.

If, at any point, something happens that doesn't make sense to you, simply
demand a full and complete explanation. If it still doesn't make sense, seek
help from someone you trust like your CPA, your banker or maybe an online real
estate columnist.

2. In the world of real estate sales, YOU are the most important
person in the entire process.

It's easy to think that everyone else carries more weight than you. The agent
talks fast and has an answer for everything. The lender may decline your loan
application, and on and on.

But the truth is that you, the buyer, are the one person in the transaction
that makes it all happen. If you decide to not buy, the entire process comes to
a grinding halt.

So flex your consumer muscle and take command of this process. Surround
yourself with a team of professionals that you have confidence in and make them
work for you.

Approach home buying with intelligence and confidence, and by doing your
homework, and you are more likely to buy a house you’re happy with and to know
that you made the right decision.