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What You Need To Know When Buying Your First South Jersey Home
Here are some things to consider that will help you take this big step:
- Know what
you want. The more answers you have to this question,
the better off you will be. Do you want
an older home with “character” or a new build that is “just the way you want
it” like the new homes that are available in Moorestown? Sit down and make a
list of the “must have’s” and the “like to have’s”, this will force you do
decide what you really need in a new home before you ever start looking.
- Get your
finances in order. In order to get the best possible rate for a
loan, you need good credit. Make sure
all of your payments - rent, car and all other debts are paid on time and in
full for one year before you start applying for a mortgage.
- Find a great
Realtor. The best way to find a great
Realtor is to ask everyone you know. The
great Realtors are out there and many people are using them. Once you have a couple names, interview both
of them and chose the one that resonates most with you. Once you chose a Realtor he/she will be able
to guide you on current market conditions, financing options and any
negotiating issues that may apply to your situation. I specialize in helping
people buy or sell a home in South Jersey and would love to be one of the
candidates you interview.
- Choose your
new home. Checking out all of the options
for new homes in your favorite South Jersey neighborhood is relatively easy
these days, thanks to the internet. Once
your find some houses that interest you, go see them. Take into consideration things like location,
commuting distance, lot size, taxes, and the size of the different rooms. Also consider the look of the exterior which
is very important. Your home is more
than just a structure. It is the place
where you will live your life and create memories for the next few years or
possibly much longer.
Make an offer. You sometimes hear that the amount of your offer should
be x percent below the seller's asking price or y percent less than you're
really willing to pay. In practice, the offer depends on the basic laws of
supply and demand: If many buyers are competing for homes, then sellers will
likely get full-price offers and sometimes even more. If demand is weak, then
offers below the asking price may be in order.
- Close on your home. This process can vary in different parts of the country. Many times, the buyer and seller do not need to meet at the same place to finalize the paperwork. Electronic signatures and overnight delivery make the closing happen these days. At closing, transfer taxes must be paid and other claims must also be settled (including closing costs, legal fees and adjustments). In most transactions, the closing agent also completes the paperwork needed to record the loan.
- What is
You will want to hold on to all of that paperwork you received at
closing. They are your ticket to tax
deductions and other assorted wonderful financial benefits. A few weeks after closing, contact your local
property records office to be sure that your deed has been recorded.
Sam Lepore is a Realtor with Keller Williams in Moorestown, NJ. Call him today at 856.297.6827 ....