FAQ: As a First Time Real Estate Buyer, When Should I Buy?

As a first time real estate buyer, when should I buy?

In this blog post, Collings Real Estate guides first time buyers on their buying timeline.

 

Investing in real estate is no joke that is why it’s understandable that for a first time buyer, there are a lot of looming questions that need to be answered. One of these questions is “Is this the best time to buy?”

Technically, there is really no good time to buy a property because of the dynamic nature of the real estate industry. This is both good and bad in the sense that the majority of the considerations are on the buyers’ side. The state of the real estate market is outside of one’s control. What’s manageable is an individual’s current situation.

Do you consider yourself financially stable enough to invest in a property? If yes, then a big box is already ticked and there are only a few more left to consider.

The other questions that you need to answer are:

  • Why would you want to buy a property

What are your plans for this investment? Do you plan to actually live in the property or are you planning to rent it out? The duration of your stay could possibly give you an idea of how good it is as an investment.

  • What is your timeline

Your timeline in processing the purchase affects the cost of the property as well. Is this an immediate investment? If yes, then it might incur additional costs due to expedition of the processes.

  • How much is your budget

The question of budget would recur every now and then because as mentioned, real estate is a big investment. Hence, this is a money-dependent decision-making process. With all things considered such as the location of the property, the transportation system around it, your lifestyle and other things, how does this purchase affect your budget as a whole?

Once you have already made a solid decision of purchasing a property, you should equip yourself with the right information as doing everything right increases the benefits of owning a property such as:

  • Strong return through passive income (should you decide to rent it out)
  • Tax breaks
  • Equity gains
  • Etc.

Initially, these two things are the most important considerations to manage your expectations:

What are your other fixed expenses

This further validates the idea of being financially confident before buying a home. The fixed expenses that you’ll need to consider are, but not limited to: property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, general upkeep costs. Aside from fixed expenses, there are also variable expenses that are more difficult to predict.

How is your emotional state

Homeownership is not for everyone. Buying a home is a huge commitment that not everyone is ready to sign up for. Your life changes a great deal when you go from being a renter to an owner. There are adjustments that one should foresee when finally deciding to purchase a home to call their own.

If you felt excited after reading this blog, then take it as a sign that you are ready to take the next step. Get in touch with us today and let us help you through the process of buying your own property.

Truly, big risks entails big rewards. Arguably, having a property to call your own is one of the most fulfilling goals as an adult.

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Posted in Blogs on 9th February, 2021