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Tips on How to Buy a New House

written by: Lashan Clarke•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 6/28/2011

There are various tips on how to buy a new house and these include checking your credit history, selecting the right real estate agent, having the property inspected, and reviewing the home's surrounding area.

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    Look At Your Credit History

    One of the first things to do is check your credit score and review your financial situation. There are some people who are able to write a check for a new home, but most of us will need to apply for a home mortgage. Use a mortgage calculator to see how much you would qualify for. If a mortgage is needed, review your credit file to see if you would be able to qualify for a mortgage. Someone who is having trouble paying his or her current debt might have an even harder financial time after purchasing a house. This might mean making an appointment with a financial adviser to review the possibility of being approved for a mortgage.

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    Know What You Want In A Home

    The search for a new home will go easier if the person has made a list of the different features they would like the new home to have. For example, the new home must have 4 bedrooms and a pool. Having a list of what the homebuyer is looking for will also make it easier when he or she meets with the real estate agent to look for properties.

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    Select The Right Real Estate Agent

    It is also recommended to not just select the first real estate agent that you meet with. Ask friends, coworkers, and other family members for advice on a real estate agent to recommend. Spend time speaking to two or three different real estate agents before deciding on an agent to handle the search. This is important as the real estate agent chosen will be the person to represent the buyer during negotiations with the seller of the house. Buying a home can become more stressful when the real estate agent and the homebuyer are unable to properly communicate.

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    Have The Property Inspected

    It is advised to have the whole property inspected. A professional home inspector would be able to point out the areas of the house that are problematic. These are areas that the homebuyer might not be aware of when looking at home, but problems that have to be repaired at a costly price in the future.

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    Explore The Surrounding Area

    Narrowing down the home buying search to a particular area is good, but it would be a better idea to not only explore the house that the person is thinking of buying, but also to explore the surrounding area. Look for clues that it is a healthy neighborhood to live in. It will be a good idea to research on the Internet and drive around looking at the nearby facilities such as shopping malls and other recreation centers. The home you might be considering buying might be newly renovated whilst the neighbors’ homes are in poor condition. This might make it hard to sell the house again if you have to move.