Are you ready to buy a home?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are your personal reasons: growing family, want to move closer to work or school?
- How long do you plan to own this home?
- Do you have enough cash for a down payment, closing and moving costs?
- Can you afford to carry a monthly mortgage and still pay your bills?
- Do you need the tax break?
If area real estate is moving fast, and you feel pressured to buy, this may not be the time. If you want to sell your current home and buy another, consider whether you can manage a dual sale/purchase. If you find a neighborhood you like but aren’t ready to commit, consider renting there for six months to learn more about it.
It pays to get organized. Put your finances in order, get pre-approved for a loan, and you’ll know what you can afford to buy.
Check your credit and correct any credit problems you may have before the lender gets your credit report.
Gather financial information, the lender will request: a copy of the purchase contract, last two tax returns, pay stubs for the last 30 days, etc.
Real estate listings.
Use “Find Your Dream Home” under the Buyers section to get the latest New Jersey real estate listings online.
These reports are an examination of a home’s exterior, foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical system, heating, kitchen, bathroom, roof, and interior. Know what you are buying.
Choose homeowner’s insurance wisely and cut your insurance costs.
Get pre-approved for your mortgage.
This gives you an estimate of how much you can borrow and puts you in a better position to buy.
When you are ready to write up an order of purchase, make sure you include a few contingencies, or conditions, in the contract that will allow you to cancel the sale and get your money back if something goes wrong.
A Financial Contingency
It cancels the sale if you are unable to get a loan after making a good-faith attempt to get one.
An Inspection Contingency
It cancels the sale if an inspector uncovers serious problems or you can’t reach an agreement with the seller to make needed repairs.
A Title-Inspection Contingency
It puts the duty on the seller to provide clear title to the property in order for the sale to go through.