-How much money do I need to come up with to buy a new home?
The total sum required to purchase a new home depends on a number of factors, including the cost of the house you intend to buy and the type of mortgage that you get. In most cases, you need enough money to bear the three main expenses of:
  • Earnest Money – This is the deposit that is made on the home when making an offer to show the seller that you are serious about buying the house.
  • Down Payment – This is a percentage of the cost of the house that you must pay when you want to book the place and start the settlement process.
  • Closing Costs – These are the costs associated with processing the paperwork to buy a house.
When you make an offer on a home, your real estate broker will put your earnest money into an escrow account. If the offer is accepted, your earnest money will be used to pay the down payment or closing costs. If your offer is not accepted, your money will be returned to you. The more money you can put into your down payment, the lower your mortgage payments will be. Some types of loans require 10-20% of the purchase price. Closing costs average 3-4% of the price of your home. These costs cover various fees your lender charges and other processing expenses. When you apply for your loan, your lender will give you an estimate of the closing costs, so you can be well prepared to bear the expenses.
-What is an Appraisal and why should I have it done?
An appraisal is the valuation of your property by a professional appraiser to determine the value of your home in comparison to the current market trends. Most lenders want to see a professional appraisal of the property you want to buy before sanctioning the loan to ensure that the selling price is in accordance with the current market value of similar homes. This way, the lender is confident that he is not lending a sum that is much more than the value of the home. The cost of the appraisal will vary according to the complexity of the appraisal and the time taken to complete it. Appraisers use a number of techniques to establish the value of a property. Some look at comparable homes sold in the past six months, adjusting the prices to reflect differences between these homes and the property being appraised. If several similar homes have recently sold, the appraiser’s work is fairly simple. If your home is situated in a rural area, or in a neighborhood where there is mixed development the appraiser’s task is more complex.
-What is a Home Inspection? Should I have it done?
A home inspection is a visual examination of a house by a qualified professional to determine the overall condition and value of the home. When conducting a proper inspection, an authorized home inspector should check all the major components of the house such as the roof, ceilings, walls, and floors along with other systems such as the electrical connections, heating, plumbing and drainage and weather proofing. The inspector usually gives the results of the inspection in writing to the home owner within 24 hours of the inspection It is always advisable to get a home inspection done before making a purchase decision. A thorough inspection is likely to clear a majority of the doubts that you might have when purchasing a home. The inspection gives an idea about the quality of the construction and indicates whether any major repair work will be required. This allows you to calculate all the add-on costs before making the final decision. An inspection will definitely give you a more secure feeling about your purchase decision by removing most of your doubts.