How To Buy a Home So It Last For Decades

 How to buy a home so it last for decades

GET A  GOOD HOME LOAN TO BUY A HOME

Affordable Payment (P+I+T+I = principle,interest,taxes,insurance)

Your payment should be within the limits of your income to buy a home. If it is at all possible, base the payment on one income. It’s best to keep it at about 30% of income, before taxes, but you can go higher as you decrease other bills such as no car note, purchasing a home with low utilities, having a short commute and low gas usage, carefully budgeting groceries. The 30% is about what lenders look at also to buy a home.

Research articles about predatory lending and avoid it, if at all possible. It is called predatory because the requirements to qualify are low and the risks are high.

COST OF A LOAN TO BUY A HOME

Many people don’t know that loans cost money. This is covered in the escrow and closing cost fees and is extra from the down payment. There are 50 states and several cities within each state. Every state and the city within the states have their own closing cost schedule. Here is an example showing one city, within one state. The city is Los Angeles and the state is California, on a $200,000 loan.

LOS ANGELES CLOSING COST–LOAN AMOUNT $200,000, TO BUY A HOME

Origination fees charged by lenders         $1,030

Third-party fees $1,196

Taxes    $0

Total      $2,225

Loan amount     $200,000

ITEMIZED ORIGINATION FEES CHARGED BY THE LENDER

Origination points            $586

Commitment fee             $370

Document preparation  $58

Broker, originator or lender         $920

Processing          $1,195

Tax service          $76

Underwriting     N/A

ITEMIZED THIRD PARTY FEES

Appraisal             $461

Attorney, closing or settlement $639

Credit report      $25

Flood certification            $11

Postage/courier $100

Survey  $500

Taxes

Borrower’s share of state and local transfer taxes and fees            $0

Mortgage tax     $0

If you have sellers that are badly in need of a sell, sometimes they will agree to pay your sellers cost. Sometimes you can bundle the sellers cost in your loan.

THE AVERAGE COST OF HOMES

Some places in the country average home prices are $50,000 and Some $1 million. It depends on where you live. In places where there are several high-income jobs and a shortage of home inventory such as San Jose, California the cost of the average home is almost $1 million dollars. In contrast, the cost of the average home in Houston, Texas is less than $200,000.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU SHOP FOR A HOME

INSPECTION

Many general inspectors do quick inspections and leave major work for you to discover after you buy. You can get inspections from actual tradespeople for a reasonable fee. The trades would include electricians, plumbers, air conditioning, roofing, and carpenters. They would be more likely to find major problems than a general inspector.

When you do find, problems wrong you have two options 1. Ask the sellers to fix them, or 2. Ask them to lower the price so you can fix them with extra money from the loan.

MAINTENANCE

This is difficult, but try to get copies of the electrical, gas, water, and other utility costs. Some homes have high utility cost and some have low cost. The larger the home, the more the utility maintenance cost are. Some high maintenance comes with old or malfunctioning equipment.

DISCLOSURE FROM SELLERS

Some states have strict disclosure laws and others don’t. Request that your seller discloses all potential problems with the home, neighbors, or the neighborhood.

CONTINGENCY CLAUSES

Make your home sell contingent on everything you ask for, otherwise, the deal is off. This will motivate the sellers, real estate agent, and lender to be honest and do everything in a timely manner. It also gives you an out if something is found to be wrong during the process and you can get your deposit back.

TAXES

Get a copy of the taxes paid for the year. Also, the real estate agent or lender can usually tell you what the home taxes are for your home.

ESCROW ACCOUNT TAXES AND INSURANCE

If you don’t want to have to pay a tax bill bi-yearly or worse yet yearly, you can request an escrow account, where you pay your taxes and insurance monthly with your payment. This is much easier than the lump sum, for most homeowners.

DOWN PAYMENT

Your down payment is in addition to your escrow and closing cost. Most lenders want a down payment of 10% to get a good interest rate to buy a home. There are some no-down loans, but generally, your interest rate and payment are more. I prefer the down payment loan, and lower interest rate – it is less risky for the homeowner.

MOST REQUESTED INFORMATION

You will be asked for proof you can purchase a home or secure a loan. You will be asked for 1. proof of income from a job or business, 2. proof of income from income taxes provided by you and the Internal Revenue Service, 3. credit reports that show credit score and credit history. 4. proof of source of downpayment 5. proof of rent history or payment history of current loan.

LOAN BALANCE LIMITS COMMUNITY AND JOBS, TO BUY A HOME

Start with and affordable home. Don’t let a real estate agent or a lender talk you into getting more home than you know you can afford. Sometimes they don’t consider your existing bills or obligations you know you will have in the future, like the need for a better car or a kid going to college.

Look for a good neighborhood. There is no such thing as perfect people or a perfect neighborhood. But, you can search schools, crime and jobs nearby. The searches are not always accurate, but they will give you an idea.

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About Lois Center-Shabazz

Lois Center-Shabazz, aka MsFinancialSavvy, is a Money Strategist specializing in helping others with Mega-Money Management through what she calls the Money Trio of Guerrilla Budgeting | Sane Savings | Investing Insights. Visit the top toolbar of MsFinancialSavvy.com and schedule a discovery session with Lois. She is also a nature photographer (www.arbazz.net), acrylic painter (www.artbazz.com), and has an online calculator website at www.livericalculators.com. Lois is the author of the Live Rich Save Money! series on Amazon Kindle.

6 comments on “How To Buy a Home So It Last For Decades

  1. This is very resourceful info. It’s good to know there’s a difference in costs from different states. Agree with you on all the tips to shop for a home.

  2. There is so much great info here for all home-buyers… not just the first-timers. We’ve bought two homes, and I still don’t understand all of this!!

  3. This is the first time that I am learning about most of the costs involved in buying a house – it is quite pricey but it is more of an investment so I guess one must just save up.

    • Exactly. It is pricey, but you must know the facts, so you can get a low-cost home. It is easy to overspend and then you will have years before you can relax with an affordable payment. Make it affordable from the beginning.

  4. Very useful. We we bought our first home, we did’t have much info, so it was cautious steps all the way. This will help a lot of homebuyer newbies.

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