Pamela McArdle | Duxbury Real Estate, Marshfield Real Estate, Pembroke Real Estate


It’s a long road to get to the status of being a homeowner. Once all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed at closing, you’ll be handed the keys to your wonderful new place to live. Now, you’ll have a huge responsibility on your hands as well. You’ll need to pay the mortgage monthly. You’ll need to perform regular maintenance around the home. You’ll also need to pay for things like home insurance, utilities, and more. Everything that happens in your home when you have those keys is your responsibility. 


Once you have unpacked and settled into your new place, there’s a seemingly unending amount of things to do including organizing, unpacking, painting, decorating, cleaning, renovating, and so much more. You really need to take a break from all of that and take the time to bask in the glory of homeownership for a few minutes.        


Know What You Have Accomplished


Buying a home is not something that every person can achieve. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and persistence to save up money, find a home you love, and close the deal. You’ll also learn a lot through the process of buying a home. You’ve established a sense of independence and freedom through buying a home; you’re truly living the American Dream. 


You Have Something To Call Your Own


As a homeowner, you are not the master of your own domain. Anything that you wish is your command. Any hobbies you have, whatever type of decorations you want, and the types of chairs you like to sit in are all your choice in your own home. Once you own a home you don’t need to worry about the unruly neighbors upstairs or the landlord who wouldn’t ket you paint the walls. Do you want to plant a vegetable garden in your yard? You can! There’s no one there to tell you that you can’t. Have a blast using your yard and your home the exact way that you want it. Now you can feel free to have friends over and entertain to your heart’s content. This is one of the best parts of owning a home.


You Now Have A Better Financial Future


Buying a home is a smart investment. You’re contributing positively to your financial future. Every mortgage payment that you make is contributing to something that you own. There’s no security deposits and no fees for your pets. The longer you live in your home, the more equity that you’re building up since your property is increasing in value over time. If you continue to make timely payments and upkeep your home properly, you’ll be able to really see a return on your initial investment on the home.  

    



Many factors come into play when determining whether you can afford to buy a house. Since the monthly rent for an apartment is often close to what a mortgage payment would be, you can't help but wonder if your rent money would be better spent building equity in your own home.

While this is often the case, first-time home buyers often underestimate or overlook expenses that accompany home ownership. Although a mortgage broker or bank loan officer can help you calculate the maximum mortgage you can afford, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you weigh your options.

  • Create a detailed budget. By taking the time to figure out how your income stacks up to your monthly expenses, you can get a clearer picture of your financial situation. If you have a good credit score, a positive monthly cash flow, and enough funds to pay closing costs and a down payment, then home ownership may be a viable option. (Your credit score, which you can obtain once a year for free from the three main credit reporting companies, will have a major impact on both your interest rate and your monthly mortgage payments.)
  • Factor in other expenses: Figuring out your current budget is relatively easy, but predicting your future budget as a homeowner can be a lot more challenging. A big part of the equation will depend on the amount of property taxes and school taxes that will be tacked on to your mortgage costs. A real estate agent can provide you with those figures, as well as other information you need to calculate how affordable it would be to live in a particular house. They have access to a wide range of relevant information, such as utility expenses, water bills, and homeowner association fees (if there are any). Since property taxes sometimes cover the cost of services like garbage and yard waste collection, you may not have to factor in those items into your projected budget. Your real estate agent can help you come up with a rough estimate of home maintenance costs -- especially if they're familiar with the history of the home you're considering buying. As the process moves forward, a property inspector can provide you with more details about the condition of the home and whether any costly repairs are likely to be needed soon.
  • Home maintenance and furnishing costs: Other possible expenses to consider when estimating the cost of home ownership include yard maintenance, landscaping, HVAC service calls, electrician services, plumbing repairs, and homeowners' insurance. If you're a first-time home owner, there's also a good chance you'll need to buy some furniture to fill out those additional rooms!
  • Buying your first home definitely takes a lot of planning, budgeting, and research, but the rewards of owning your own home will more than justify the effort!



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