Buying your first home can be stressful, and the task may seem daunting. Luckily, with some preparation and research, you can close the deal with confidence. Here are six things no one tells you about buying your first home.
- Buy a home in a great school district. If you have children, this one may be a given, but buying a home in a great school district is an excellent future investment even if you don’t have kids. If you do decide to sell later on, buyers will probably be looking for a house with a good school district. Homes in school districts are even more likely to sell faster.
- You will want to hurry and order all new furniture and decor – but wait. Once you live in your new home for a little while, you’ll start to see the things you need – “a sectional sofa would be perfect in this space,” “a large framed picture should go there.” Waiting will allow you to find pieces that go together perfectly; you can even match your new comforter to your wall colors. It’s OK to not have the house packed full of furniture in the beginning.
- You will become super protective of your new home. Coasters everywhere, and shoes off, please. It took a lot of worrying, stressing, and hard work to buy your perfect home, so you will do whatever it takes to keep it clean and tidy. (You might even start to love mowing the lawn!)
- You may actually save money on your taxes. – Being a first-time homebuyer means you can deduct things such as mortgage interest, property tax, and closing costs from your taxes! Finally, you found somewhere to save some money right?
- There is so much paperwork! – You will be filling out form after form and answering questions about every aspect of your life. We hope you like your signature because you’ll be seeing a lot of it!
- Don’t set an unattainable timeline. – Buying a house is time-consuming, but let’s be honest, do you want to rush into making a decision that big? According to the National Association of Realtors, the typical home search takes 12 weeks and the homebuyer looks at 12 homes before making a decision. It’s better to take the time to find the home that is perfect for you than to settle on one of the first homes you see.
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