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FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS

HGTV's FrontDoor.com First Time Home Buyer Guide: 
http://www.frontdoor.com/first-time-homebuyers

 

HGTV's FrontDoor.com Article - 23 Things Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Know:
http://www.frontdoor.com/real-estate/23-things-every-first-time-homebuyer-should-know

 

Realtor.com First Time Home Buyer 101
http://www.realtor.com/tag/first-time-home-buyers-101/

 

Trulia.com 6 Financial Perks of Being a First Time Home Buyer:
http://www.trulia.com/blog/6-financial-perks-first-time-homebuyer/

 

Trulia.com 13 Rules Today's New Home Buyers Can Learn From the Past
http://www.trulia.com/blog/home-buying-rules/

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Buying your first home?  Where do you start?  With us, of course!  Think of us at L&E Properties as your personal consultants who can't wait to assist  you in navigating through this exciting time in your life...helping you to avoid potential pitfalls and make the best choices for this momentous life occasion and important investment in your future.

Here are a few tips to consider (excerpt from this great resource - for full checklist guide CLICK HERE):

1. DECIDE WHAT KIND OF HOME YOU WANT

  • Choose the neighborhood where you want to live
  • Consider which features are important to you (size, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, type of house, etc.)
     

2. CALCULATE HOW MUCH YOU CAN AFFORD

  • Calculate how much money you have saved for a down payment
  • Calculate how much your closing costs will be (ask your realtor or lender for advice)
  • Calculate how large a mortgage payment you can afford each month
  • Calculate the other monthly costs you will be responsible for as a homeowner (maintenance and repairs, property insurance, taxes, etc.)
     

3.  GET THE HELP AND ADVICE YOU NEED

  • Find a realtor to help you find a home
  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage so you know how much you can afford
  • Hire a lawyer to look after your legal interests and review any contracts
  • Get an appraisal and home inspection for any property you are thinking about buying
  • Make arrangements to get property insurance for your home