Home Buying

Always hire and work with an experienced and professional Realtor agent in your area.

1.  Figure out how much you can afford.  This depends on your income, credit rating, current monthly expenses, downpayment and the interest rate.

 - How much home can you afford?
 - Buying vs. Renting
 - Home Economics
 - Homebuying programs in your state

2.  Know your rights

 - Fair Housing: Equal Opportunity for All– brochure
 - Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
 - Borrower’s rights
 - Predatory lending

3.  Shop for a loan

 - Looking for the best mortgage: shop, compare, negotiate– brochure
 - Let FHA help you
 - Learn about interest only loans
 - Avoid Predatory Lenders

4.  Learn about homebuying programs

 - Homebuying programs in your state
 - Let FHA help you (FHA loan programs offer lower downpayments and are a good option for first-time homebuyers!)
 - HUD’s special homebuying programs

 - Good Neighbor Next Door(formerly known as Teacher/Officer/Firefighter Next Door)
 - Hurricane Evacuees discounted sales
 - Homeownership for public housing residents
 - Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program(Section 184)

5.  Shop for a home

 - Choose a real estate agent
 - Wish list– what features do you want?
 - Home-shopping checklist– take this list with you when comparing homes
 - Homes for sale(including HUD homes)
 - Fixer-Uppers – home purchase and repair programs
 - Manufactured (mobile) homes
 - Build a home

6.  Make an offer

 - Making an offer

7.  Get a home inspection

 - For Your Protection Get a Home Inspection
 - 10 Questions to ask a home inspector

8.  Shop for homeowners insurance

 - Homeowners insurance
 - 12 ways to lower your homeowners insurance costs

9.  Sign papers  –  You’re finally ready to go to “settlement” or “closing.” Be sure to read everything before you sign!

 - Settlement Costs and Helpful Information

Source: U.S. Housing and Urban Development – Buying a Home.  This is for information only and not the providing of tax or legal services.  Before buying a home, you should consult with a licensed professional mortgage broker and experienced Realtor in your area.

By Harrison K. Long – Professional real estate representative, REALTOR and broker associate, HomeSmart Evergreen Realty – 949-701-2515 (phone) –   ExploreProperties@gmail.com – CALBRE #01410855 – Now serving as an appointed director at the California Association of Realtors – also an attorney member of the California State Bar association #69137

We are here to help you with homes and properties at Orange County, California.

Leave a Reply