Homebuyers are not all created equally. One of the most critical factors in determining whether a home buyer is successful is how much time and effort that buyer puts into finding a home. Here are the high costs to think about when saving for a home purchase:
Down Payment: The down payment required will be based on the type of loan you opt for and your specific credit rating. Some conventional loans geared at first-time New England Home Buyers with good credit often allow as low as 3%. The critical point is to try and get a low down payment that will be negotiable should interest rates or financing terms change in the future. The real estate market is a dynamic and ever-changing entity that may affect an ideal down payment amount in one year. A seasoned real estate investor can help you determine how much money you can afford and get the best deal when making this type of commitment.
Closing Costs: A major expense for first-time homebuyers is the closing process. This can become extremely costly if it is done incorrectly. For example, many real estate investors have recently started offering “no closing cost” real estate loans. These deals are specifically targeted towards first-time buyers. These types of deals typically have no set price and are not tied to any specific condition of the real estate market.
A great feature of these no closing cost deals is that they allow home buyers to finance their purchase without the need to put down any cash. This means that the seller will cover any necessary closing costs. Typically, this is less expensive than the actual mortgage. However, you should know that the interest rate that is applied to these types of loans is typically much higher than the average rate for a first-time homebuyer. So, in some cases, you may end up paying more than you would on a conventional mortgage.
Pre-Pandemic Homes: If you are a first-timer, you may be wondering when the perfect time to purchase is. With pre-pandemic real estate, the timing is definitely right. Recent sales statistics indicate that many of the new homes being built are being sold as pre-pandemic. A pre-pandemic home is one that has not yet reached the age of homeowners when the interest rates are at their lowest. Many of these homes are being sold below market value, to lock in the low rates and begin building equity as soon as possible.
There are several benefits to buying homes that are currently being sold as pre-pandemic. First, these properties are typically priced well below market value because they have not yet reached the point at which the lender will begin applying high interest rates to them. By holding onto these homes, the seller will receive a decent chunk of change from the buyer and, in many cases, can even recoup most of the money he paid for the property. As a result, it is in the seller’s best interest to sell these homes as fast as possible.
Second, if the home buyer does not buy the house quickly enough, he can lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in potential closing fees. Most buyer financing companies require the home buyer to close with an escrow agent. Escrow is the third party that provides the money for the closing process, after the buyer’s down payment and the lender’s credit check. When the buyer’s cash flow is halted, closing fees eat up much of the money he or she can afford to spend on the home.
The above two scenarios are not mutually exclusive. In fact, sometimes it is possible for you to purchase a home at a price that is significantly lower than what you could get from a conventional real estate transaction. For example, recent home buyers can benefit from a recent home buying program that has relaxed mortgage requirements for first time home buyers. In some cases, sellers have been known to offer prices that are less than market value just to try to attract buyers.