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Top things you must do when buying a house

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If you are in the market for a new home, here are the top things you must do to ensure you have a good experience and settle into the home of your dreams.

Rated 1 point - posted 9 years ago by kris in category Other.
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Pull your credit report Report Abuse
This is where lenders will start, it is important that you are already familiar with your own credit history and credit score.
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Think long term Report Abuse
Don’t buy a house for short term reasons as prices and conditions change over time.
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Research your market Report Abuse
Choose areas you would like to live in carefully by paying attention to school, local venues, crime rates etc.
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Get an inspection Report Abuse
This is usually an automatic part of the process, but it is important to have the house inspected so that you are fully aware of what you are signing up for.
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Aim for something you can afford Report Abuse
Don’t over reach for a property that you cannot currently afford.
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Prepare for up to a 20% down payment Report Abuse
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Remember extra costs such as legal costs Report Abuse
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Don’t be afraid to look at auction homes Report Abuse
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Always negotiate the offer Report Abuse
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Get a reputable agent Report Abuse
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Include estimates of moving costs as part of expenses Report Abuse
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Take advantage of first home buying credits Report Abuse
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Talk with previous owners Report Abuse
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Ask for extras when dealing with a home builder Report Abuse
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Take pictures of the property Report Abuse
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Go through the preapproval process Report Abuse
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Find a stable neighborhood Report Abuse
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Make sure you understand the terms of the loan Report Abuse
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Don’t sell your property before you securing move into another one Report Abuse
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Have a contingency fund Report Abuse
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