Questions by users purchasing a home for the first time, and questions relating to the various first-time home buyer credits.

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First time homebuyer/investor: How to best allocate money towards paying off mortgage?

I am 23 with no debt and planning on purchasing a house. I've been running through many hypotheticals and decided to post an example to see what others think since this is a significant decision. I ...
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Ready for my first home

1.Apply for a mortgage I have heard that I should shop for many lenders. Here is a few questions related to this: 1.1 My friends tells me that I should look for a good lending company and I should ...
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Withdraw from IRA or regular savings for First Time Home Buyer?

What is the optimal way to source the funds for down payment of a first time home buyer? I understand if I withdraw 10k of an IRA account there will be no 10% tax penalty, but there will be taxes to ...
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I earn $75K, have $30K in savings, no debt, rent from my parents who are losing their home. Should I buy a home now or save?

My parents have advised me to buy a home, as residential real-estate is still "cheap" (or what's considered cheap in my area). My parents have valid points, especially from an economic/investing ...
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Steps to buying a home

My wife and I are looking into buying a home. We are discussing home vs. co-op, I don't want the co-op I'm to worried about re-sale which I think will not exist. Basically what are some good steps to ...
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401k Rollover into IRA (First Time Home Buyer)?

WALL OF TEXT AHEAD. Ok so I don't even know if this is even "possible" but I figured I'd ask. My 401k plan I have is honestly pretty crap, zero matching, really poor rate of return (1-2% on average ...
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How to divide investment power between fixed asset and more liquid assets?

My wife and I bought our first home this year. We got a good price and live modestly so our fixed expenses are only about half of our take home income. Due to Canadian mortgage rules we opted to put ...
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Financial implications of purchasing a first home?

My girlfriend and I bought our first home and I'm wondering what finance topics this touches on? Some relevant info might be: We're in Vermont We aren't married We bought the house in late June ...
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Is this the right house and time or do I need more time to save for downpayment?

I saw this $699K worth of 2 bedroom condominium in La Jolla, Ca. For a downpayment I have access to: $55K that I can get from the company stocks that I bought $15K emergency funds but this will come ...
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How will my credit score be affected by a large purchase that raises my utilization if I pay it in full?

My Fiance and I realized that we need to start looking for homes and need to be pre-approved for a home loan. My fiance has better credit then I do, but mine is in good standing. We want to make ...
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Renting with the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme

With the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme, I have heard that you cannot rent out the property under the scheme. Is this true? Also I have heard that it is possible that if you get a mortgage ...
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Property appraisal protest question

(First time homeowner here) I recently received my estimated property value in the mail. It was listed at $207k. Our house was built in 2013, and the value of the land pre-build was $25k. The home ...
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What is a cash back mortgage and should I consider using one?

In speaking with a mortgage adviser recently, I found out about cash back mortgages. I was wondering if someone here knows about this and could tell me if they are a good idea? To give you some ...
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First time home buyer using IRA

I've been planning to save some money to buy a house in the next few years. I am 21 and working on building a solid credit score. Additionally, I've been investing some money with Lending Club (peer ...
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Is my financial plan for buying a house logically sound

All money is in NZD, all calculations done Weekly. Linked house is just example. House in North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. $600K 30 year Mortgage with ASB, 430K loaned at 5.75% variable, (170K ...
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As a first time home buyer looking for a mortgage, are there financial advisers to help me through the process?

I am thinking about purchasing a home instead of renting. The cost saving and benefit of doing so seem to outweigh the thought of long term renting. My problem is that I am fully overwhelmed with all ...
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How much higher should my APR be than my rate?

First time home buyer looking at mortgages and having a hard time understanding the difference between good and bad on rates. On a loan estimate I have been quoted 4.75% rate(seems high?) and 5.795% ...
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If I contribute to my spouse's RRSP, is every dollar of my contribution tax deductible?

I have a question about spousal RRSPs. I make a much higher wage than my wife and I'm considering contributing to her RRSP. Will every dollar I contribute to her be tax-deductible? If I contribute ...
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Can I bring a real estate agent with me after my first visit to a new home?

I am looking to buy a house, and I am a first-time buyer. I am reading a book on home buying, and it says the following with regard to new homes: "You might have to deal with the developer's ...
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Save a dollar for house downpayment or put it in an individual 401(k)?

I am a self-employed independent contractor. I'm trying to decide what to do with any extra income I earn over the near future, given that I have the eventual goal of purchasing a house (within 2-3 ...
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How do I account for monthly expenses when calculating how much house I can afford?

I am looking to buy a house (in the US), and I'm using a bunch of online calculators to see how much house I can afford. In each calculator, there's usually a field that asks about monthly debt. What ...
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For qualifying for a mortgage, is it better to have a small business showing a loss or a pay stub with short history in the company?

My fiancee and I are trying to qualify for a mortgage. She is full-time W2 employee and I am a small business owner. My 2012 profit in the business was significantly less then 2011 (more than 20% ...
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How do I report using an IRA distribution to purchase a first home

The tax code allows up to $10,000 to be withdrawn from an IRA (Roth or regular) and put towards the purchase of a first home without having to pay the normal 10% penalty for an early distribution. ...
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Physician Mortgage: What's the advantage of using one, vs. a regular 20% loan?

I'm a software engineer whose bride-to-be will become a medical resident in a few months. We're confident that we'll live in the area where she'll do her residency. Looking at a $250,000 house, I'd ...
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How to Split a loan, and how much should be my investment

I am from india, my idea of the question is to understand what is the loan amount i am entitled to, what should be my plan for applying a loan, and is there any ways to reduce interest rate after a ...
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How is money held in escrow for a home purchase from a IRA treated by the IRS?

I'm in the process of purchasing a home and I need to put 5% of the value down to be held in escrow until the deal closes. This money can then either be refunded back to myself or be rolled into the ...
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Can Roth IRA first time home buyer withdrawals be made up?

If we were to withdraw the annual contributions from our Roth IRAs for the closing costs on a house (we have a 20% down payment, but only recently learned that that's almost $10,000 less than what you ...
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Personal “Profit & Loss Statement” required for mortgage?

I am purchasing a house and have finished most of the process. My mortgage application has been approved pending some documents; all of these documents are typical except for "Profit & Loss ...
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When is the right time to buy a car and/or a house?

I am a 24 years old young IT professional. Since I don't have addictions to anything including drinking, I mostly save a lot (around 50% of my income after tax like $15-$25k a year). Currently I drive ...
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Home rebuilding cost vs “Cost Approach (If Developed)” on appraisal?

I am in the process of buying a home. The lowest cost to rebuild quote I've been able to get is $309,000. I just got my appraisal back today. And it has something call "Cost Approach (If Developed)". ...
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Seller refuses to accept offer on home until after inspection

I'm currently trying to buy a home (that happens to be a foreclosure), and the bank who owns it is allowing us an inspection period, however they are unwilling to accept our offer until after the ...
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How do I know if Home value is likely to go up?

When looking for a home to purchase, I have heard that location is an important factor in determining whether the home value will go up or not. What things would I need to look for when purchasing ...
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What are the most important things to ask a real estate agent before hiring them?

I've been researching the best ways to search for a home, and questions have come up about real estate agents. Getting a good real estate agent could potentially save you thousands of dollars, but ...
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Are Previous Home Owners Eligible to be Defined As First Time Home Buyers?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (see link), it seems that previous home owners who haven't owned a home for over 3 years can be defined at as a "first time home ...
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Making an offer on a property - go in at market price?

My roommate and I have talked about purchasing a home together and with interest rates being as low as they are, and the fact that we'd be able to get pre-approved for a good amount we decided to give ...
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Is it worth trying to find a better minimum down payment for a first time home buyer?

I talked to the mortgage agent at my current bank, and they gave me a pre-approval with a particular interest rate and minimum down payment percentage. I am happy with the interest rate, but the ...
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Advice regarding how much should be in the bank account after downpayment for a bank to give me loan

I am planning to buy a condo in Chicago, IL - USA Let's say that I am buying a condo worth 250,000 and is FHA approved. Let's say that I have 70k in my account. When I pay 20% down, and after ...
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Total fees for buying a house in the U.K.?

I'm thinking about buying a house in the UK (England). It will cost a max of £120,000 GBP. As an estimate, how much will all the fees total to, when put together? And apparently for houses less ...
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Is is possible to dispute IRS underpayment penalties?

My wife and I are first-time home-buyers. We misunderstood the concept of mortgage interest deductions and didn't set aside enough taxes throughout the year. When taxes were due, we paid the original ...
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Buying a new home and having 'equity' in it

I viewed a model home that was originally priced at about $207,000. The builder is offering it for $173,000 since it was a model. He says that for this reason the home will already have over $30,000 ...
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HST for a new home in Ontario, a first time home buyer

I am planning to buy a new home for 830,000, what is the HST calculation? Can HST be paid together with the mortgage? Thanks.
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How to find a real-estate agent for buying a first home?

How soon should I find a real-estate agent? I am probably going to buy my first home in September and am assuming I will need an agent. So when should I contact one?
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Repayment of 2010 First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit

My wife and I received the full $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit when we bought our home in April 2010, but we're now planning to move. According to the IRS, since we've lived here for less than ...
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Can I contribute to my spouse's RRSP to fully take advantage of the Home Buyer's Plan?

My spouse and I plan to eventually use the Home Buyers' Plan when purchasing our first home. If we combine our RRSP's then we can take out $25,000 each to use as a down payment on our first home. I ...
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Multiple mortgage pre-approvals and effects on credit score

Background Info: My wife and I are looking to purchase our first home/condo. Given our combined gross annual income of ~$100k and lack of any actual debt, we're looking at properties in the $200-250k ...
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Buying a house, Bank or rent to own?

We currently rent a house. Our credit is ok, but we're working on it (paying things off, disputing things, etc). We are first time buyers. We have a good relationship with the owners. We are thinking ...
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Pay back the 2008 First-Time homebuyers credit with a certain amount?

I repaid 500 on 2010 Tax return for the 2008 First-Time Homebuyers credit, but do I have to pay 500 on each return or just make sure it is paid of within 15 years. For example, can I chose to pay 0 ...
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First time home-buyer incentives require 3 years of primary residence, but can I move if I'm laid off?

My wife and I are 25-months into an FHA loan (we received a first time home buyer tax credit), and I seem to recall that we cannot sell or rent the property for at least 36-months. That wasn't a ...
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Why would an FHA loan require a loan guarantor to also be a party to the deed?

My daughter is buying a house with an FHA loan but does not have enough income to qualify, so she needs me as a co-signer. The loan originator is claiming that, by FHAs terms, if I am co-signing, I ...
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Good idea to purchase condo with no home owners association?

I'm looking at REO condos on homepath.com (the site for Fannie Mae foreclosures, etc). I'm wondering, is it a good/bad idea to purchase a condo with no home owners association? Most of them have ...