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By Susan Horner | Agent in York, PA

9 Steps to Buying a Home for First Time Homebuyers

The other day I met with new home buyers and once again was reminded that I sometimes forget how stressful the home buying process can be when you haven’t a clue what the steps are for making the biggest purchase of your life.

So here’s a short course in what to expect when buying your first home. Here’s the easy part:

1. Get a pre-approval from a local mortgage representative. Your realtor can help you if you don’t have anyone in mind.  It’s important to have someone to sit down with that can answer your questions. Your realtor can and should go with you to the appointment.

2. Look for your new home. This is the fun part! It’s exciting to go out looking at homes.  Don’t succumb to the urge to look at homes that are more than you can afford.

Next is the part that causes the most stress:

3. Put in a contract on the home you want. Your realtor will walk you through this process, so don’t stress about this area. She or he will explain the contract line by line and help you determine what to offer on the home and set dates, for example, the settlement and inspection dates.

4. Negotiate the terms if the contract is not accepted as is. Remember that the seller is just a person like you. Their home is their castle and even though the it’s a “buyers market” that doesn’t mean that you can take them for all they are worth. If you really want this house, be fair and reasonable.

4. Contract a case of Buyer’s Remorse. Wake up in the middle of the night the veryMR900433819 first night after putting in the contract scared to death you did something that you (and your mother, father, brother, children, your children’s children and everyone you ever came into contact with throughout your whole life) will live to regret. Isn’t there some way to get out of this?


Don’t think it will happen to you? That’s what everyone thinks, but you just agreed to spend more money than you ever have in you whole life. Buyer’s remorse is very common, and there are a few things you can do now to help you through. You’ve done the first thing in recognizing that it might happen. The other thing you can do is write down on a piece of paper all the reasons you want to own a home of your own. Write down all the things you love about the home you have chosen and how these things make you feel. Put the paper in a drawer next to your bed. When you wake up in a panic in the middle of the night, get out the paper and read it. It should bring everything back into perspective and you can sleep soundly the rest of the night.

5. Apply for your mortgage. As soon as you and the seller have reached an agreement, apply for your mortgage immediately to ensure your lender has enough time to comfortably complete the mortgage by the settlement date.

6. Start packing your stuff if you haven’t already. Remember to reserve the moving truck!

6. Have a home inspection. Don’t cut expenses here. If you do you could be paying the price for some time to come! Your realtor can help by recommending a home inspection company if you don’t already have a company you would like to use. Go to the inspection yourself. Ask questions. You can learn a lot of useful information about your new home, like where to turn the water off for the house.

7. Get homeowner’s insurance. By combining your home and auto insurance you can save money! Shop around because premiums can vary drastically.

8. Do a final walk-thru before going to settlement. If the house is not in the same condition when you saw it last, this can be addressed at the settlement table.

9. Go to settlement and move into your new home… and live happily ever after!

Congratulations! There has never been a better time to buy a home

Susan Horner

~Susan Sells Fast~

Oh, by the way, I am never busy for your referrals!


By Paula J Burt,  Thu Mar 3 2011, 23:13
Very good post, Susan!
By Allan Erps,  Fri Mar 4 2011, 04:11
Thanks for the Post, excellent!

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