• Kimberly Van Hal, REALTOR

3 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers


Buying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the better. If you’re looking to purchase your first home, you may be wondering what’s happening in the housing market today, how much you need to save, and where to start.


Here are three things that can help give you the information you need to confidently pursue your dream of homeownership.


1. Consider All Options When the Number of Homes for Sale Is Low

Today, there are far more buyers in the market than there are homes available for sale. When that happens, it’s a good idea to do what you can to increase your pool of options. That could mean expanding your search to include additional housing types. Considering twinhomes or condominiums can be an excellent way to increase your choices.

A twinhome often costs less than a single-family home of comparable size in the same location. A condominium can be a terrific way to dive into homeownership without worrying about the upkeep that comes with a single-family home.

2. Know Your Down Payment Could Be More Within Reach Than You Think

Saving for a down payment can feel like one of the biggest obstacles for homebuyers, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are government-insured mortgage options and downpayment assistance programs that require as little as 0-3% down for buyers who qualify.


3. Work with a Trusted Real Estate Advisor Throughout the Process

Finally, no matter where you’re at in your homeownership journey, the best way to make sure you’re set up for success is to work with a real estate professional.


If you’re just starting, I can help you with the initial steps, like educating you on the process and connecting you with a trusted lender to get pre-approved. Once you’re ready to begin your search, I can help you understand your local market and search for available homes. And when it’s time to make an offer, I’ll be an expert advisor and negotiator to help your offer stand out above the rest.


Bottom Line

Knowledge is key to succeeding on your home-buying journey. Knowing market trends, what you need for a down payment, and what options you have as a buyer today can give you the confidence you need to buy a home. Connect with me so you’ll have an expert on your side who can help you navigate the home-buying process.

 

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