10 Secrets First-Time Home Buyers Should Know
Buying your first house can be intimidating, but there is a lot of information to help you sort out the process and make good decisions. On that note, here are 10 secrets first-time home buyers should know that you may not have heard of yet.
Schools are important
Even if you don’t have kids yet or don’t plan on having kids ever, schools in the neighborhood are important to consider when buying a home. A good school district can help maintain home values and boost resale opportunities. It usually brings with it higher taxes, which go partially to the school district. Do your research to determine if buying in a good school district is worth it for your household.
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Homeowner’s association rules
Some neighborhoods have homeowner’s association rules to abide by. If that’s the case for a home you’re considering, be sure to ask questions and gather information to look over. This is especially important if you plan to do improvements later on. Some homeowner’s association rules can be pretty particular and constricting, especially when it comes to exterior changes to the homes.
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Take your own photos
Sometimes the photos in an online listing can look better than the real thing. Whether it’s a wide-angle lens that makes rooms look bigger or artificial lighting that makes more natural light than there really is, online photos can be a bit deceiving in some cases. Rather than relying on those too-good-to-be-true shots as you review homes that you’ve seen, take your own photos during walk throughs.
Common mistakes to avoid
On top of mortgages and money, it’s easy to get wrapped in the dream of owning a home and overlook issues that will cause problems down the road. Check out this house-hunting checklist to make sure you have your bases covered while you work to buy a house.