Buying your first home is a big step. It’s not just about picking out the right house, there are many other details to consider before you buy it. If you’re new to the process of buying a home, this article will help answer some questions and give you an overview of what to expect.


1. Be Sure You’re Ready to Commit Yourself and Your First Home

The No. 1 tip for first-time home buyers that we can offer is to be sure you are ready 100%. The average mortgage loan term is 15 – 30 years, but buying a house still requires commitment and forethought before taking out such an investment of time or money; this includes making sure your finances will support owning property long enough (5+years). To start thinking like someone who has their life set in one place consider these questions: am I ready? Do i have 3 months’ worth income saved up just in case something goes wrong with my job/I accidently lose all revenue sources.


2. Get a Preapproval

The benefits of preapproving include:

You know exactly what you can afford because your real estate agent has already looked at the numbers with a lender, and they’re happy about it. This will help make an offer that is stronger to get this property! You also experience fewer surprises when dealing directly from start-to finish since nothing comes up in between other than typical application processes like credit checks or security deposits needed before closing on homes.


3.  Maintain Your Credit

Lenders want to see that your behavior patterns are consistent. Don’t open any new lines of credit, and make sure you pay off old debts on time before applying for mortgage preapproval with them again!


4.  Save For a Down Payment


5.  Understand Your Loan Options

There are a variety of loans available (Conventional, FHA and VA are most common) to suit your needs and financial situation. Different types have specific qualifications that you must meet, such as military service requirements for the VA Loan or high credit scores requirement on conventional mortgages. Before applying take time consider what type will be best suited for you so that when it comes down to making an important decision like saving money towards moving expenses, there’s no way around doing research beforehand!


6.  Don’t Forget Closing Costs

Closing costs can be a huge expense, so it is important to know exactly what you will need in advance. Your down payment isn’t the only thing that might come up short when closing on a new loan–you’ll also have fees for attorneys and inspections before taking control of your property as well! These expenses are all included in documenting how much each party spent during negotiations leading up to signing documents such as appraisals or titles deeds at settlement day (the date we finalize everything). You’ll find out exactly where these additional funds went by reading through an official document called ” Closing Disclosure”. In most cases people pay 2 – 5% just from their side but sometimes there’s more involved with third parties like points discounts if they were offered.


7.  List Your Needs, Your Non-Negotiables and Nice-to-Haves

Once you’ve decided on the type of home that’s right for you, it’s time to prioritize which features are most important. For example: Maybe having an extra bedroom is crucial because your family plans to have children or if fur babies will be part of life after all! Creating this list can help make sure there aren’t any surprises when shopping and comparing properties in order find a great match made just for YOU (and YOUR critters)!


8.  Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate professional is a one-stop shop for all your home needs. They’ll show you properties in the area, help educate yourself about what meets your priorities as well as how much money it should take to buy this perfect dream house…and attend any negotiations or closings with you so everything goes off without an issue!

9.  Be Confident When You Submit an Offer


10.  Stick to YOUR budget

People often purchase a home for emotional reasons. They might want to feel secure and livable space that is theirs, express themselves with the design or dream about having their perfect life in this house – but many first-time buyers find themselves unable get financing due so there are major issues such as price tag being too high!


The first step in buying a new home is selecting a location and a realtor who understands the local market, homes, communities, pricing and schools. If you are preparing to buy a home in New Jersey, especially Monmouth County or Northern Ocean County, please contact Open Doors Realty by calling 917.690.5390 or email us at

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