Monday, January 14, 2013

Deciding Whether To Buy Or Rent, What You Need To Know !

It's that time of year again where we see renters deciding whether or not they will continue renting, or will consider being a new homeowner ! This blog is to help all those considering purchasing answer that most common question "Should I Buy Or Should I Rent?" 

Why Should I Buy A Home Instead Of Rent ? 
It's a fact that in most markets, buying a home is significantly cheaper than renting.  Renting is money you will never get back, but buying a home is an investment in your future.  In most areas, if you can afford to rent, you can afford to buy! For more information on this topic you can refer to my blog, here it will give you both the pros and cons for both buying and renting, as well as offer you alternative options.  

How Do I Know I'm Ready To Buy A Home? 
The best way to know if you're ready to purchase a home is to look at your current situation.  You don't need to be employed with the same place for 2 years, you just need to have had a steady income in one field for the past 2-3 years.  You will want to run your credit and take a good look and make sure everything that is on the report is correct, if not you will want to have it corrected! You will also want to make sure you have money saved up for a down payment, in some cases you can withdraw from an IRA penalty free for a first time home purchase.  For more information on this topic you can refer to my article, here.

How Much Money Will I Have To Pay Upfront To Buy A Home? 
This is not an easy answer, because there are two factors depending on what kind of loan you take and the amount of the loan is what will decide your down payment.  For an FHA Loan you will need to put down 3.5% where a Conventional Loan you will need to put down atleast 20%.  The average cost of a home in Suffolk County is about $325,000 which would require a FHA down payment of $11,375.  

You will also need to factor in closing costs, but you can also ask for a sellers concession or have the money "gifted" to you from a friend or family member.  This ranges again by the loan amount, and any mortgage broker is required by law to give you a good faith estimate of closing costs, this is why you should always choose a reputable bank Of course, Coldwell Banker Mortgage is more than happy to help and you will always be given all of your loan options.

Once you have decided that you are in a financial position that you would like to go ahead and begin searching for your new home there are a few things you should look into.  You will want to learn the difference between what kind of homes are on the market, who you should have working for you, and what happens once you have found that "perfect home".  Because each of these topics are best explained in detail I will list each topic below with a direct link to blogs to help you get informed ! 

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