From Finding It to Owning It

If you’ve never purchased a home before, the entire process may seem daunting. When seeking a new home, you may find some significant hurdles along the way, from finding the perfect home and neighborhood for your family to logistical and financial considerations. However, breaking the process down into smaller steps, and involving qualified law professionals to protect your interests in closing can help you stay focused on the end goal of owning a beautiful home.

Determine What You Can Afford

Before you start shopping for a home, you need to know how much you can reasonably afford. Although using an online calculator can give you a rough estimate, talking to your bank or mortgage company can give you firm numbers. By providing financial information to your lender, you can get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Research Neighborhoods
Spending time learning about potential neighborhoods can help you eliminate some houses from your search. Look for the amenities and features that matter most to you, not to mention whether you need specifics in a school system or proximity to essential services. Decide on your standards before you start looking at homes so that you don’t get distracted by a nice home that lacks your primary needs in the neighborhood.

View Homes in Your Price Range
Once you’ve established how much you can afford and identified desirable neighborhoods, you’re ready to start looking for potential homes. During a home viewing, pay attention to the things in the house that matter most to you, such as the size of the bedrooms and the kitchen layout. Remember to keep your priorities and amenities on price so that you don’t end up getting more house than you can afford.

Make an Offer
After deciding on a house to purchase, you can make an offer. This step of the process involves a number of critical events, including coming to an agreement on a price with the seller. This part may involve making several counter offers. You’ll also want to schedule a home inspection to identify potential problems with the home.

Closing the Deal
One of the most important aspects of buying a house is closing the deal. After finalizing the financial terms of the sale, you’ll be approaching the end of the home buying process. During the final phase, you and the seller will sign paperwork detailing the terms of the sale and your future mortgage. At this point you will set up a date for closing, after which the property is transferred to the buyer. The closing process can be a little challenging for new buyers. It is important to protect yourself when making large financial decisions like home buying, which is why involving an experienced attorney can save you a lot in costs.

For first-time home buyers, finding a dream home is a long journey. As you move towards the end of the process, speaking to an experienced law firm can help you ensure that your legal needs are covered. Contact McLane & McLane today for assistance with your upcoming home purchase.