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Setting up a budget for buying your first home

Most of us dream of owning a house one day. It is a dream for many because buying a house means judicious investments. To achieve this dream, you need to consider several important points before you can finally sign the papers. Buying a house is a lifelong investment involving money, time and emotions. Here are some tips to help you buy your first home:

Calculate all expenses carefully:
It is easy to get bank loans once you fulfil the required formalities, but your decision to buy the house will depend on many other factors including a steady income, a secure job and your debt-to-income ratio. You will also have to calculate your total expenses, like insurance payments, property taxes, utilities, maintenance, tuitions, groceries and home improvements.

Curtail unnecessary expenses:
Once you have listed all your expenses, check everything finally to find out expenses you can curtail. You can consider cooking at home instead of eating out as an inexpensive option. You can save a considerable amount of money if you avoid throwing extravagant birthday parties or indulging in buying expensive clothes. Postponing holiday plans and avoiding unnecessary travelling so that you can save the amount to pay off outstanding loans will be a good decision.

Pay Off debts:
You can get your loan approval easily if your earlier mortgage payments are in control and you are also in a better position to make a down payment for your home when you don't have any outstanding debt. It is necessary to save as much as you can because purchasing a house means incurring unforeseen expenses. There can be any number of reasons from an increase in the price of construction materials to personal difficulties that may bring additional expenses.

Be careful:
You should be cautious and hire a home inspector, whom you trust to find any potential problems you may need to deal with in the future. Scrutiny will save you from any hidden or complicated issues about the property in the question and also keep you from getting mired in property controversies.

Survey the Market:
Do not agree to the first offer or settle for the first house you check. Take your time and check out other homes in the market. It helps to consult with trusted friends who have bought a similar property recently. If you do your survey right, you can get the dream home you want at a fair bargain. 

Will it be a forever home for you?
Are you buying a home where you plan to grow old, if not, then start thinking of it as an investment? Before making the offer do consider the resale value and potential profit margin. You can also survey the rental houses in the area because you may want to rent out your property in future.
 
Hope these pointers have been an eye-opener for you. Remember being cautious always helps, especially, where the property is concerned. Do keep in mind your budget, the objective of buying the house and whether or not you are ready to invest before you sign that dotted line.

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