Tips for Buying a House in 2012

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In the past few years we have all seen the housing bubble in the United States burst and home values drop. With several people trying to sell homes that they can no longer afford or bank possessing houses they do not want to be holding on to it has become a buyer’s market. Even though things are in the buyers favor, it is important to make sure you are still ready to buy a home.

Be Sure You Can Afford It

The biggest thing that hurts people who are looking to buy a house is buying a house they aren’t quite able to afford. The general rule of thumb when buying a house is that you can afford a house that is two and a half times your net annual income. There are several online calculators that can help determine other things that will help determine if you can afford a home mortgage. Some can even compensate for sizes of the home or family.

Be Sure Buying Is the Right Choice

Being a homeowner is a great way to build credit and equity. Home purchases are not right for everyone. Buying a home that you don’t plan to stay in for a good length of time isn’t worth it. You will likely end up paying fees on your loan, take a loss on the value of your home and will end up paying multiple closing costs. If you aren’t sure if you will be staying in one location for at least a few years, now may not be the time for you to buy.

The House Isn’t the Only Decision

When buying a home there is a lot to think about beside just the house itself. Of course you want to be sure that the cost works for you and it is a livable place for the whole family but that isn’t the only thing that can affect a house’s value or reasons to buy. One primary thing to consider is the schools in the area whether or not you have children of your own. Schools can affect the values of the house.

With all houses there are costs that aren’t listed in the asking price. It is always important to consider the hidden costs. Energy costs are one that most people cannot account for spending. Another cost comes from the property taxes on the lot. Always be sure that you take everything into account. For the best outcome when buying a home, consider speaking to your account and a real estate professional familiar with your area about the housing market.