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How first-timers can prepare to buy a home this spring

By Andrew Bell

When you are considering buying a home for the first time, there are many things you will have to consider before you can make this massive purchase with confidence. It's important that this starts with careful preparation. You'll likely have to do a bit of homework and consideration to understand how best to approach the process.

The following are just some of the most important issues you'll need to look at before you know you're truly ready to buy your first home:

Get your finances in order

You've likely saved for years to build up a sizable deposit, but there's more to do when preparing your finances. RisMedia noted that this starts with considering what other fees you will be facing, and looking at just how much home you can afford based on your deposit size, income, needs and other factors.

Pre-qualify for a home loan

Once you have all of that information, it's a good idea to talk to a number of lenders and see kind of mortgage deals are available to you. Shop around for the right deal, comparing and contrasting what each financial institution offers, then find out how much they're willing to lend you. That will no doubt inform your search for the right property.

Know what you're looking for in a home

Now that you understand your budget, you can start looking at properties that fit your wants and needs, according to NerdWallet. You might want to consider the size of the yard around the house itself, the number of bedrooms, various amenities and more. Here, it's a good idea to put together a list based on what's "must have" and what's "nice to have." Few, if any, homes will check every box for you, but you can perhaps find some wiggle room.

Work with the right agent

As a first-time buyer, you should keep in mind that homebuying can be highly complicated. When it comes to how to set yourself up for success, you don't know what you don't know. As such, relying on an experienced real estate professional will help you get through the whole process with ease.

At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we have closed countless sales for first-time buyers and repeat buyers, all with the goal of setting them up for long-term success. That kind of track record means we can bring the weight of our years of experience to bear for you as well. Get in touch with us today and let us help you start your homebuying journey off on the right foot.

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