Questions to Ask When Buying a House

“Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it,” said American businesswoman and investor Barbara Corcoran. But, how do you make sure the house isn’t just deceptively charming and a true gem that will shelter your family through years or even generations? Read on so you can be a better-informed homebuyer.

While buying a house comes with a sense of pride and tax deductions, you need to be sure that you are ready to make a big step towards the investment. If not, you may end up becoming house poor and acquiring loans you cannot pay. This guide should help you purchase the house of your dreams and utilize real estate agents to your advantage.

 

Questions to ask when buying a house – Checklist

Are you a first time home buyer? While people in their twenties prefer renting over buying a house, by the time they reach their thirties, settling down to build a family becomes the top priority. In such a case, buying a home becomes an essential consideration. Before you buy your first home, you need to be sure the decision is exactly what you want. Ask yourself:

  • What is my reason for buying my first home?
  • Am I ready to face the responsibilities required of a homeowner?
  • Am I financially capable of buying my first home?
  • Would I be able to qualify for a mortgage?
  • Would I qualify for grants or first time home buyer programs?
  • In what location am I interested in buying my first home?
  • Do I fully comprehend the entire process of buying my first home?
  • Can I afford the upkeep and repairs of a home?
  • Have I contacted a knowledgeable real estate agent to help me find my first home?

For those of you who are past their first home purchase and are considering moving to a different location and looking into a new property, you may still need to ask a few essential questions. Before you buy your next home, be sure to ask questions like:

  • Why is it important for me to buy a new home?
  • How long do I plan to live in our new home? Will I be living in a new area for 3 to 10 years?
  • Will I be able to afford payments on a new home purchase?
  • If a single-income household becomes inevitable, will I still be able to continue payments on our new home?
  • What are my non-negotiable for our new home purchase?
  • What are the things in my current home that I want to change in my next home purchase?
  • What are the things that I would be willing to compromise when it comes to our next home?
  • Am I the type who enjoys DIY, renovations, and the like required of fixer-upper homes?
  • Do I want a new home that nobody else has lived in? Will I be able to afford it?
  • Are there other decision makers that should be considered when buying our next home?
  • How often and through what medium will I want to communicate with my realtor?
  • Will I be selling my current home while looking for our new home?
  • Will I be paying for storage while relocating?
  • Do I have a budget set-up for our next home?
  • If I rent out my current home, how long do I want to maintain rights on it?
  • Do I want to be close to my workplace? (consider daily commute when searching for a new home)
  • Do I have kids that need to be in a school nearby?
  • What are the utilities like in this area? (ask about the internet, phone signal, cable, electric, and other utility connections)
  • What kind of lifestyle do we want to live like within the timeframe that we will be living in our new house? (consider your hobbies and recreational facilities you frequently visit)
  • How long do I have for finding my next home? (consider costs of renting and storage)
  • Am I ready to begin the process of purchasing a new home should I find my ideal home in the first two days of searching?

 

Questions to ask real estate agent when buying a house

A real estate agent is educated in ethical home buying and selling. In your state, you should be able to find licensed real estate agents who have completed real estate school, passed an official exam and are duty-bound to adhere to the standards and practices of real estate. Paying a commission fee can save you from buying a house you don’t like in an area you don’t want to live in and at a price, you could have paid less for. Before you settle for a real estate agent, be sure to ask:

  • Can I please see your real estate license? (ensure you are working with a trained and accredited professional)
  • When did you last renew your license?
  • How long have you been in practice? (you need someone with experience not one who secured their license and stopped practicing until very recently)
  • Do you have a list of referrals who can vouch for the work you do?
  • How long do your listings average in the market before selling?
  • Have you sold other homes in this particular neighborhood? (it is to your advantage to have a real estate agent with experience in your chosen neighborhood)
  • What is the price range of homes in this area?
  • Are your fees negotiable?
  • How do you decide on the asking price of the homes on your listing?
  • What is the best way to reach you?

Once you find the real estate agent you want to work with, you will then need to check out a few properties in the area where you are looking to buy. Most real estate agents will show you photos and a map of the property before the viewing. At the meeting, you can also ask them about pricing questions like:

  • How long has this home been on the market?
  • What is included in the sale?
  • How many have looked into buying the property and what are the offers made so far?
  • What is the minimum asking price for this home?
  • Will I be able to ask questions to the sellers?
  • Are there foreclosure homes near the area?

Next, you should definitely ask more about the details of the house. You can ask the real estate agent or the sellers about the condition of the house. Asking your real estate agent questions about the house will also show how much research he/she has done before including the house in their listings. Questions to ask about the house you are buying include:

  • When was the house built?
  • How many have lived in this house since it was built?
  • How long have the sellers lived in the house and why are they selling their property?
  • Did the sellers use the property as their residence or was it rented out?
  • When, if not yet, are the sellers planning to move out?
  • Which way is the property facing? (find out if the sun sets or rises on that lovely terrace)
  • Did the sellers make any major renovations before the property was listed?
  • Is this property listed and what grade is it?
  • Can I ask for a property sales report?
  • Would you buy this house?

 

Questions to ask when buying a new house

There is something about buying a new house that gives one a sense of pride that is unlike any other. First off, the house has never been used. This becomes important for those who are building a family or want a new start in life. New homes also come with green features and energy-efficient additions which you will definitely want to consider. Still, you shouldn’t be buying a house just because it’s new. First, ask the developer or builders these questions:

  • How long have you been building homes like these?
  • What are your other projects?
  • What is one of your oldest projects? (look at the construction of homes they built in the past and find out if they had problems as to the construction and how they were addressed)
  • What makes this project different from the rest?
  • What kind of homes does the developer build?
  • What makes your business stand out from other developers?
  • What other projects are you simultaneously working on?
  • What standard features and extras were included in the building of this home?
  • What energy-saving features are included in this home?
  • How different are the costs of the house and lots in the neighborhood? (corner lots and prime lots are more expensive)
  • How long is the builder’s warranty on the new home and what does it cover?
  • If the building is newly constructed, when can I conduct a home inspection?
  • If the house is still under construction, can I make changes to the house that will be built? What is the process for making changes to the construction of the house?
  • Can I revise the floor plan of the house?
  • Will there be a homeowners association in this neighborhood? (consider HOA rules and fees)
  • Do you have referrals for your previous projects?
  • Is there ongoing construction nearby?

Once you find a new house that you are considering to buy, it is good to ask a few questions so you won’t regret your purchase. Ask questions like:

  • Is the cost of the lot included in the asking price?
  • Is the landscaping included in the final price?
  • What are the warranties that come with this house?
  • Is a cost escalation clause included in the contract?
  • Will the house have appliances or can I purchase my own?
  • Can I purchase my own materials? (if the house will still be constructed)
  • Can I get credits for bringing in my own appliances or materials?
  • Is the house ready for move-in?
  • Are all the utilities installed in the new house?

Keep in mind that buying a new house can be a risk. Buying a new house may sometimes mean living in the outskirts of the city. Be sure to check for nearby developments. You may also hire a real estate agent to get their insight into the location and features of the house. These are things you should consider as you may want to sell the house in the future. When investing in a new property, be sure to assess the area. Ask questions like:

  • What is happening in this neighborhood?
  • Do you have future plans for this development?
  • How is the crime rate in the area?
  • Are there commercial projects and future businesses in the area?
  • Are there top-ranking schools in the area?

 

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Questions to ask when buying an old house

A lived-in home has a certain charm that new and unused homes lack. You may be considering the materials, type of wood, furnishings, foundation, and huge yard an old house has. With the bigger yard also means the house should come with decades-old trees and even old rose bushes. You may also be buying property in a prime location, closer to the center of the district. But before you look into old-world homes, ask yourself:

  • Am I the fixer-upper type?
  • Do I have the time, patience, and help to make changes to the new house?
  • What is my budget compared to the estimates of renovating the house?
  • Are there expensive fixtures, windows, and other features that are hard to replace or too costly to replace?
  • Are my partner and other family members in on buying an old house and renovating it?
  • Can I deal with immediate maintenance, plumbing, and wiring issues that will arise?
  • Do I have a flexible schedule to deal with these abrupt issues?
  • What are the costs of renovation and maintenance services in the area?
  • How much am I willing to pay for the renovation and maintenance of this property?
  • Can I be at home more frequently to fix the house?
  • Have I fallen in love with the character of the house that there is absolutely nothing too bad about it that will make me change my mind in buying it?

If you’re certain that you and your family can turn this charming, characteristic house into the home you’ve always dreamed of, be sure to ask more questions about the house before making an offer:

  • How old is this property?
  • What is the sales history of the house?
  • When did the last inspection report take place?
  • How old is the roofing system and how often was it maintained?
  • What is the condition of the septic systems? When did you last check it?
  • How old are the wiring, plumbing, and heating systems?
  • Can you recommend a handyman and other general contractor services in the area?
  • Does the house have central heating and cooling systems?
  • Have there been any recent problems concerning the boiler?
  • Were there major repairs done on the electrical, plumbing, or roofing systems?
  • Are the drains and gutters in good condition?
  • How stable is the structure?
  • Are there concerns with asbestos or radon?
  • Are there concerns with lead paint?
  • Is there evidence of termites and wood rotting?
  • Are there concerns with mold or damp?
  • Are there knob and tube wiring installed? (a fire hazard and a cause of concern when it comes to insulation as well as insurance)
  • Does the foundation have vertical or horizontal cracks? (indicators of sinking or caving in)
  • What is the length and slope of the driveway?
  • Are their problems with wildlife or pest infestation in the area?
  • Are their concerns with death, theft, or paranormal in this house as well as in the neighborhood?
  • Can I have a look under the furniture and under the rugs?
  • How is the indoor air quality in this home?
  • Are there previous homeowner issues I should be concerned about?
  • How old are the furnishings and appliances?

 

Questions to ask a seller when buying a house

Some questions are best reserved for the sellers or current residents of the house you are buying. If you are looking at buying homes that are for sale by owner, you can expect to skip paying commission fees. As you would not be working with a realtor, keep in mind that you will have to ask the essential questions first like:

  • Are there other decision makers in selling this home?
  • How did you arrive at the price of selling this house?
  • How long has the house been up for sale?
  • What is included in the sale of this house?
  • Are the appliances and furnishings negotiable?
  • What is your lowest asking price for this house?
  • How long have you been living in this house?
  • How old is the house?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms are there in this house?
  • Does the house have a garage, pool, and basement?
  • What is the total square footage of the house and dimensions of the rooms?
  • What is the lot size?
  • What vegetation is planted in the yard? Was there landscaping done on the yard?
  • What is the address of the house?
  • What are the features of the house that need repair or updating?
  • What are your reasons for selling the house?
  • What are the things you like and don’t like about the house?
  • What attracted you the most when you bought this house?
  • How much did you pay back then for this house?
  • Is the house behind on any payments?
  • How much are you expecting to pay for the closing costs?
  • How much is owed on the home? (inquire for negotiation purposes)
  • How soon are you looking into selling the house?
  • How much has the house appreciated in the past few years?
  • When can I take a look at the house?
  • What is your final asking price for this house?
  • What are the HOA rules, amenities, services, and fees? How often are the fees paid?
  • Do you have a written Transfer Disclosure Statement?

Once you see the house, you would need to ask about the condition of the house. While it is vital to hire a home inspector, you can also ask the home seller a few important things about the house such as:

  • How much is the rate of utilities in the area?
  • What public transportations and bus stops are nearby?
  • Is your home near a school zone? (important for those with school-aged children)
  • What is the distance of the house to nearby shopping, entertainment, banking, and church establishments?
  • How much down payment or earnest money are you asking?
  • How old are the HVAC, wiring, plumbing, and roofing systems?
  • Are their problems with the foundation like settling, cracks, and water in the basement?
  • Do you have problems with the neighbors or what are they like?
  • Is the house haunted?
  • Did you ever have your home treated for termites, mosquitoes, carpenter ants, or any other pests or wildlife?
  • Do you have pets or people buried in your backyard?
  • Have you kept documents on warranties?
  • When was the septic tank last pumped?
  • What are the dimensions of the garage?

 

Questions to ask homeowner when buying a house

Whether you are working with a realtor, a real estate agent, or directly with the home seller, you will want to meet with the homeowner so you can ask a few questions. If you are unable to contact the homeowner, you may still be interested in finding out if the house is up for sale due to financial obligations or divorce which could make it easier for you to negotiate the house at a lower price. Here are some general questions to ask the homeowner when you get the chance:

  • Do you have working fire alarms and burglar systems installed?
  • Do you have cable and internet connections installed?
  • What is the phone signal like in the house?
  • What is parking like in the house? Do you have a garage and what are its dimensions? If not, will I need a permit for on-road parking or do you have off-road parking available?
  • How old is the fuse box, and when was it last checked?
  • Is there space to extend or make renovations to the house?
  • What is the EPC rating or energy performance certificate rating of this property?

You may also want to ask about the neighborhood. The homeowners should be helpful in pointing you towards people they can refer to several of your concerns. So ask them:

  • Can you recommend any local contractors that you use?
  • How long have the people been living in this area?
  • When do nearby establishments close? (weekends off, holidays off, etc.)
  • What does rush hour look like here?
  • Are there any convicted burglars or murderers in the area or those under litigation?
  • Are there problem neighbors or otherwise noisy or nosy?
  • Who should I watch out for?
  • Who among your neighbors are important contacts?

When touring the house with the homeowner, you will be asking questions about how the home works. Some appliances and fixtures may have quirks that the homeowner has figured out from years of living in it. Questions you can ask about the rooms include:

  • Has any of the rooms been recently redecorated and for what purpose?
  • What type of flooring is installed in the rooms and are they all in good condition?
  • Do the light switches work in all of the rooms?
  • Do you have energy-efficient bulbs installed?
  • When were the bulbs last replaced?
  • Are there exposed wires?
  • Are there signs of condensation, mold, or damp?
  • Are there huge cracks in the walls and ceilings?
  • Are the power sockets conveniently located and how many are there in every room?
  • Are all power sockets working?
  • Do you have adequate storage space? (note that older homes may have smaller storage space)
  • Do the chimneys and fireplaces work?
  • What are the condition of the windows, window frames, and window locks? Are they easy to open, close, and replace? (window treatments in older homes may be irreplaceable)
  • Can I check the water pressure?
  • Do all the taps work?
  • Is the tap water here potable?

You should also be concerned about the condition of the exteriors of the home. Consider maintenance, roofing, and brickwork of the house for sale. Ask these questions:

  • How much yard work maintenance is required in the garden?
  • What direction is the garden facing?
  • Do you have tips for the upkeep of these flowers, trees, and other vegetation?
  • How old is the brickwork?
  • Is the wall rendered?
  • When did you last have a roof inspection? How often do you have roof maintenance?
  • Are there missing or cracked tiles?
  • Are there signs of wood rotting or what is the condition of the facias?

 

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Questions to ask the realtor when buying a house

It is beneficial for first time home buyers and repeats home buyers alike to utilize the services of a real estate professional. Further, realtors have the experience, negotiation skills, and professional connections that are desirable when hunting your next house. You will also need the insight of a Realtor when inquiring about the market trend specific to the location where you are thinking of buying a house. With that in mind, here are some questions you need to ask your realtor:

  • Do you know of foreclosed homes in this location?
  • Are there rent-to-own properties that you know of?
  • Can I see the current market analysis for homes in this area?
  • Is the home located in an area that is growing or declining in the market?
  • Why is the seller selling this house and how fast are they looking to sell the house?
  • When was the home built and how long did the sellers live in it?
  • What changes, repairs, or renovations have the current sellers made on the house?
  • I am seriously considering buying the house, how much, would you say should I offer the sellers?
  • What is the final price the seller asked for?
  • Are there outstanding payments the seller needs to pay?
  • Are the sellers going through divorce or relocation and need to sell the house fast?
  • How long should I wait for the sellers to respond to my offer?
  • What should we do if the offer gets rejected? Can we still negotiate or do you have other listings you can show me?
  • Can we make inspections?

You will also be asking questions about the property some of which your realtor should also have knowledge about. Consider asking questions regarding the property like:

  • Where is the location of the property?
  • Is the location prone to typhoons, earthquakes, and other calamities?
  • Is the house located in a floodplain?
  • What man-made disasters are common in the area?
  • What is the crime rate in this neighborhood?
  • How much storage is available on the property?
  • Is there room to make a garden?
  • Does the house have any form of pet damage?
  • Where are the utilities located in the house and what is the average annual cost to pay for the utilities?
  • What is the neighborhood like at various times?
  • Does the foundation need repair?
  • Does the house look solid and straight or crooked?
  • What roofing systems are in place and how old is it?
  • What wiring methods and insulation are installed in the house?
  • Should I be concerned about asbestos and lead paint in the house?
  • Were there renovations done recently and what permits were required?
  • Did the house have a history of pests?
  • Has the home been repainted to cover mold damage, water damage, or fire damage?
  • Does the roof have problems like missing shingles, wood rotting, and sagging areas?
  • Do the floors and basement need to be refinished?
  • What is the annual cost of heating and cooling in this house?
  • How much are the annual taxes?
  • Are there houses comparable to this one that is up for sale in the same area?

Questions to ask when buying land to build a house

If you are planning to build your dream home and are particular about the floor plan and features you want in your home, it may be cheaper to build a home from scratch rather than buying an existing home be it old or new. If you are not rushing to move in as soon as possible and are eager to find land, an architect, builders, and choose every element of your new home, here are some questions you should consider asking the seller of the vacant lot:

  • Is the property zoned for residential use?
  • What is the estimated value of existing homes in the area? (compare this to the estimated price of building your ideal home)
  • What protective covenants and deed restrictions are you obliged to abide when building your dream house?
  • If the lot is surrounded by other vacant lots, what is expected to be built in the area? (consider noisy construction in the future)
  • What is the nearest source of water? Will you need to dig up a well or tap into the services of municipal water?
  • Is the vacant lot located in a flood zone?
  • Does the land have wetland issues?
  • Are there environmental issues that can affect your plans for building your new home?
  • If the lot is located in a developed neighborhood, are there common facilities owned by the homeowners or developers? How are these facilities (septic, road, water, etc.) handled?
  • Are the boundaries marked clearly and accurately?
  • What common amenities does the homeowners association own and what are the fees the homeowner is expected to pay?
  • If the vacant land is not in a developed neighborhood, does the location have access to town water, electrical power, sewer, and natural gas?
  • Is potable water accessible on-site? How is the quality of water and flow rate?

You should also stop by the town or county offices to inquire from the various departments including planning, zoning, health, and building departments. They can answer questions about water, sewage, zoning, restrictions, and building permits. Some of the questions you should ask include:

  • Is the vacant land buildable?
  • Are there restrictions to the number of floors and bedrooms I can build on the lot?
  • What are the setback requirements for the house, outbuildings, decks, etc.?
  • Are the roads on-site publicly maintained?
  • Is there adequate right-of-way or road frontage on-location?
  • Are there restrictions as to the lot coverage, house size, and height, among others?
  • What are the required permits for building, electrical, plumbing, driveway, well, septic, patio, etc. and what are the costs?
  • What water treatments are required for sanitary reasons?
  • Are special assessments required and how much are the fees?
  • What zoning district is the property located on? Am I allowed to build a duplex, chicken coop, etc?
  • Is the vacant land legally subdivided?
  • Am I allowed to subdivide the land?
  • Are there restrictions as to cutting trees and clearing land?
  • Is the septic design on the land complete?
  • Was the land perc tested and does it have a valid record? When does it expire?
  • What type of septic system is permitted on the land?
  • What other tests are required and every how often?

You should also contact the utility companies to ensure you will have access to necessary utilities and other commodities you may be planning to get. Aside from electrical power and water, consider asking about internet connection as well. Some of the questions you can ask utility companies include:

  • What are the costs of bringing power to my home? (include meter installation, trenching, and other fees)
  • Will the lines go underground or run on poles?
  • Can I have access to natural gas in this location and what are the total costs?
  • What are my options for high-speed internet, cable or satellite TV, and mobile phone coverage in this area?
  • What are the fees for setting up as well as the monthly fees?
  • Can I purchase any group of services from one vendor only?

Questions to ask when buying a house in France

Have you considered living in Rennes, Bordeaux, Montpellier, and the other best cities to invest in property in France? The culture, value for money, strong tourism, and rental market are just some of the reasons to buy a house in France.

Whether you’ve been renting in France for quite a while or you’re considering getting a second mortgage to buy a retirement home in the country brimming with cuisine, fashion, art, and culture, be sure to ask questions that can save you from regrets. Some questions to ask are:

  • Are the boundaries clearly shown on the property and are they the same on-site as on the plan cadastral or land register?
  • Who owns the boundaries?
  • How are the boundaries maintained? For joint maintenance, what are the arrangements?
  • Are there disputes over boundaries?
  • Is the land area as stated on the listing or advertisement?
  • Are there party walls? What agreements are there regarding the walls and do the neighbors know about this agreement or are there any disputes about it?
  • Are there restrictions on the property?
  • What are the formal and informal rights over the property?
  • Are there cables, drains, or pipes that belong to others but are running over or under this property?
  • Is there direct access from the public highway to the house?
  • Who is the owner of the access road and who is responsible for maintaining it?
  • Do I need to gain access to a neighboring land to make repairs on the property? Will the neighbors allow it?

After you clear the general specifications about the property you have in mind to buy, you should begin to assess the exteriors, interiors, foundation, and condition of the property. These questions should guide you:

  • Are there cracks anywhere inside and outside of the house?
  • Is the area prone to soil heave or subsidence?
  • Are the chimney stacks in good condition?
  • Are there roof leaks evident inside the property?
  • Does the roofing system look like it needs a replacement?
  • How many sockets and outlets are there, and are they all working?
  • How old and what is the capacity of the electrical system?
  • What is the condition of the boiler and does it come with a maintenance certificate?
  • Does the property have sufficient access to clean water?
  • Is the pipework in good condition?
  • Is there evidence of leaks anywhere in the property?
  • How are the gutters and downpipes?
  • Does the house have rainwater drains and where do those run to?
  • Is the property prone to flooding?
  • Has the house ever been infested by termites, insects, or pests? Has the house ever been treated for these issues?
  • How old is the heating system and what type of heating does the house have?
  • What items attached or not to the property are included in the sale?
  • Will the seller list the items in the contract?
  • Is the house connected to mains electric supply and drainage?
  • Does the septic tank meet the regulations of the local council?
  • Does the house have access to high-speed internet?
  • Were major alterations made on the house?
  • Is there a probability that plans for renovations on the house will be refused by the local council?
  • Are there major infrastructures or plans for construction in the neighboring area?
  • What are the costs of running the house? (including taxes)
  • Has the house been rented out? If so, is the property on the local web?

Questions to ask a loan officer when buying a house

A meeting with a loan officer is one of the things you can’t miss if you really want to purchase a new house. You may consider the recommendations of the real estate professional you are working with or you can shop around and compare loan estimates to find the loan that best fits your family’s needs. When searching for the lender you want to work with, be sure to ask:

  • Do you represent a bank, broker, or finance company?
  • Do you have a state license?
  • What loan programs do you offer?
  • What is the actual rate for a fixed loan?
  • How long have you been working as a loan officer?
  • How will you keep my personal information secure? Will my personal info be sold?
  • Who are some of the top lenders who purchased loan applications from you?
  • Once you have chosen a reputable loan officer to handle your loan application, here are some things you may need to ask concerning the loan:
  • What type of loan would you advise me to get?
  • Am I qualified for this loan? (based on cash flow, income, assets, liabilities, and credit history)
  • How will this loan meet my needs?
  • How much is the interest rate on this loan, and how did you decide upon this rate?
  • Will there be changes made to the rate over the duration of the loan?
  • In the case of an adjustable-rate mortgage, what is the worst scenario for when the rate will reset?
  • For locked-in interest rates, how long will the lock-in period be and what will that cost me?
  • Can you estimate the closing costs for this particular loan?
  • Can you explain in detail what annual percentage rates are in relation to this loan?
  • How much will my monthly payments be? When will payments start?
  • Should I pay for private mortgage insurance?
  • Will this loan have prepayment penalties?
  • How much downpayment do I need to make?
  • Can I take a look at the good faith estimate (GFE) for this loan? (inclusive of all costs, fees, and terms)
  • What are the modes of payment available? Will I be able to change my chosen mode of payment?

Keep in mind that the loan officer will also be asking you a few questions to process your loan application. Those who do not ask questions should be a red flag for you. With that in mind, here are some of the questions you may be asked during your meeting with the loan officer:

  • What is your gross monthly and annual income?
  • What is your budget for monthly payments for the loan?
  • Do you prefer paying off your mortgage faster?
  • Which banks do you have accounts with and what is your current balance on said accounts?
  • Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or faced foreclosures, judgments, or tax liens?
  • In what location would you like to buy a house?
  • How long do you plan to live in the property for which you are taking out a loan?
  • Are you a first time home buyer?
  • As a tenant, have you ever been late in paying your rental?
  • What might cause you to move again before your intended length of living in the property?
  • Have you considered renting out or selling the property in the future?
  • What is the condition of the house you are buying and are you looking to make some improvements on the house?

 

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Final thoughts

On average, home buyers spend one to three months shopping around for a house and up to six months to complete the process which includes receiving a mortgage offer, exchanging contracts, and getting the keys to the house.

It is vital to have a concept of what you want, what you don’t want, what you can compromise, what you want to add, as well as your budget for a downpayment, monthly mortgage, renovations, and other fees. Ensure that all the decision makers are in the same boat when buying a house. Also, consider your lifestyle and if this is the right time for you to settle or you are still thinking of flexibility and moving around often.

For some home buyers, shopping for a house and paying their first mortgage can be fast. Others can take months as they get cold feet or realize they are still incapable of the responsibilities and financial obligations of buying a new house.

It is wise to delay buying a house if you feel you are not ready, especially regarding your financial capability to purchase your first home or next home. You can save yourself from plunging into high mortgage payments, costly repairs, and disputes after the closing of the deal. Never buy a house due to social pressure or when you have unpredictable income, expenses, and schedule. If you are financially and emotionally capable and you found a great house, don’t forget to ask the essential questions before you make an offer, make payments, and sign the contract.

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