TIRED OF RENTING?
Ah, renting. Landlords, roommates, the neighbors who seem to either loudly argue or purposely park in your driveway?it can get old pretty quickly. Here’s the good news, the difference between renting and buying a home may seem huge especially when you factor things like student loans into the picture? But in reality, the costs are more similar than you would think. Having student debt is not going to be a deal breaker when it comes to buying a house.
In fact, the majority of people that are making enough money to be considering buying a house have student debt. So, if you’re tired of that weird smell that’s always coming from apartment 1B, know that you are likely more capable of getting out of there and into a starter home than you may think.
WHAT’S A STARTER HOME?
Unsurprisingly, a starter home is just what it sounds like? it’s the first house, apartment, condo, etc. that you actually buy instead of rent. However, just because this is your first home and you will likely upgrade to a larger “forever home” at some point, you shouldn’t rush into this purchase. You’re buying a home, not avocado toast.
There are different versions of first-time home buyers, but in general we recommend thinking about living in your starter home for around five years. This means figuring out where you want to live, what type of home and mortgage you can afford, and how long you anticipate staying there.
Having student debt is not a deal breaker!
THE SEARCH FOR A STARTER HOME
The most important items on your starter home checklist are determining where you’d like to live and how much you can afford. When it comes to beginning the search, consider if you’d be okay living for a few years in a suburban area, where you might be able to find something more affordable. Also, don’t discount an apartment, condo or townhouse in an up-and-coming area. When buyers tackle their fears proactively, the process is both simpler, and faster.”
OVERCOMING THE FEAR FACTOR OF THE BIG PURCHASE
Now we know that it’s important to address your home buying fears, but what exactly is the best way to do that? The main strategy is to relate the monthly home payment very closely to the first-time home buyer’s rent expense. They’re not thinking of the $150,000-$200,000. They’re thinking $1,000 a month, or $1,300 a month. Comparing the monthly fees of a home and a rental property is helpful in alleviating buyers’ fears.
So, taking the steps toward buying your starter home doesn’t have to be scary. As long as you confront your fears as soon as possible, take the time to do research, trust the people you are working with, and you will be well on your way to kissing your neighbors’ loud noises and weird smells goodbye.
KEYS TO BUYING A STARTER HOME
Don’t rush into the purchase
Know what you want
Find the right lender
Acknowledge and discuss home-buying concerns
CENTURY 21 Prime South is here to assist you in purchasing your first home. Give us a call!
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