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Use our mortgage calculator to guide your budget when it comes to home purchasing.
Depending on where you live and the type of property you purchase, there will likely be upfront costs to maintain, furnish and secure your new home, including:
Be prepared to buy household items like a snow blower, lawnmower, sprinkler system and other tools.
If you’re moving from an apartment or a smaller home, you may need to buy more furniture for your new, larger space.
Whether you’re buying a new house without appliances or you need to update existing ones, these types of purchases can increase your initial costs of home-ownership significantly.
No matter if you’re moving across town or across the country, always calculate the expenses of moving — renting a truck, hiring movers, buying boxes and more. These costs are often more than expected.
Homeowner’s Association (HOA) Fees
Ask your realtor if there are HOA fees tied to the property you want to buy.
The costs to close can add up quickly. Closing fees may include home inspection, realtor/lawyer fees, title search, pest inspection, appraisal, home warranty and loan origination. Your lender may also require you to set up an escrow account to pay for ongoing property expenses.
This is one of the first things to ask yourself when buying a house for the first time. To identify your budget, take a hard look at your personal finances. Assessing your income, monthly expenses, credit rating and debt will help you figure out how much you can realistically afford. Our house calculator can also help you determine the mortgage you qualify for.
Here are the financial aspects to consider as a first-time home buyer:
First-time homebuyers are often shocked at the cost of property taxes. Before purchasing a home for the first time, ask what the estimated taxes will be on the property. And do your research ahead of time so you aren’t surprised by any rate increases.
In contrast to renting, home-ownership means you’re responsible for making repairs, updates and improvements. And any repair, major or minor, may leave you strapped for cash. Set aside an emergency fund for any unexpected expenses.
It’s important to consider all factors — relocating for work, expanding your family, getting married — that may cause you to move. It generally takes five years or more to break even on the costs of buying, owning and selling a home. Thinking about how long you’ll be in the home will also help you settle on a neighborhood and the size of house you’ll need.
It’s important to know your rights as a mortgage borrower. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Know Before You Owe initiative provides borrowers with a better understanding of loan options, helps them shop for the best mortgage and aims to minimize the chances of any surprises before closing.
Of all the questions to ask yourself when buying a home for the first time, this is the one that most people forget. It’s easier to think about how much you can spend, but it’s harder to ask how much you can save. How much money do you want to stockpile for retirement, college and vacations? How much do you want to put into personal savings? As you determine how much you can afford on your first home purchase, don’t forget to factor in your savings goals.
Protecting things that matter most to you, including your new home, means having the right coverage. As you close on your home, a Farm Bureau agent can work with you to determine which home insurance coverage best fits your needs and budget.
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