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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Visual problem with new construction home

We bought this new construction house. Our final inspection is not until next week, but we went to see the house yesterday and noticed that the light pendants over the floating island in the kitchen ...
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Where to download reliable Rent vs Buy Calculators for Canada? [on hold]

To my computer (and NOT only online), where can I download more reliable Rent vs Buy Calculators or Excel Spreadsheets, for Canada? I seek at least 3 for more accurate and precise comparisons. I know ...
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Why are 30-year mortgages seen as unwise, if you can pay off the loan in a shorter period of time anyway?

I'm slowly working towards buying my first home (yay!), and have been playing around with the numbers. As far as I can tell, there's literally zero advantage for getting a 10 or 15-year mortgage since ...
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Is it possible to first ask for a note finance for home buying and then go for home mortgage?

I am trying to raise loan through note financing by asking them on the terms that I want to buy the property first and then go for mortgage of the home. I would like to know it is possible to raise ...
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What if 40% of the remaining 60% Loan To Value (ratio) is not paid, or the borrower wants to take only 60% of the loan?

I wanted to know that what if the remaining 40% of 60% in a LTV (Loan to Value ratio ) for buying a home is not paid but the borrower only wants to get 60% of the total amount of home loan that is ...
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First time home buyer - Need suggestions and views on few things

We are a family of 3. Couple with one kid (2nd grade). We have been in states for 13 years. All these years we have been renting. So far I preferred to rent. But the rents are going up. Currently, ...
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Is cash (from sale of equities, other property or savings) taken into account for mortgage affordability?

Imagine the following scenario: Gross annual income - $100k Cash (from property equity, shares, saving etc) - $100k No debt. Down payment - 20% (e.g. $20k) to be taken from cash pot. Mortgage - ...
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help-to-buy ISA and additional cash ISA

I am researching the help-to-buy ISA scheme. The average variable rate is set on 2% for most banks, however some banks offer extra but they put a further condition on it that you cannot hold an ...
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Would I qualify for a USDA loan?

I am eager to buy a home within the next year. My husband and I are in the process of fixing credit. I am interested in learning more about the USDA loans and think that this would be the best type of ...
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8answers
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Should I buy a home or rent in my situation?

Let me start off by saying this question has been asked a million times before in a million different ways. I’m asking it now for my own clarity of what is the best thing to do in my situation and ...
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1answer
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Home buying vs Investing

Note: I've read a few similar questions around the site but many are investment focused only and don't factor in housing questions. Right now, my husband and I are pulling in about $50k/year. My ...
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Why is it so important to look at gross income over net when looking at mortgage costs?

I've been looking at mortgage calculators online lately since I plan on at least beginning to look into house shopping within the next 6-12 months (permitting I have enough saved by that time). ...
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Guidelines on when to buy or rent an apartment (in Europe)

I am currently facing an important decision for my life: I finished studies and will soon enter industry to work. Due to the fact that I will likely earn some money on a regular basis, I want to ...
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What counts as 'qualified government orders'?

In 2008, we received a first time home buyer credit. In 2010, I became a government employee. In 2015, I transferred to a new position in a new city which made me part of the intelligence community. ...
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Renting or Buying an House

We are a young couple who are renting apartment near NYC. It has been almost 4 years that we have been renting and after every couple of years we had to move to a newer location and every time our ...
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Cash in retirement accounts to buy a house?

My husband and I are looking to buy our first home. He is 39 and I am 37. We live in a major city and house prices are terrible. We are probably looking at a 500K-600K home. We were late bloomers, ...
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Withdraw IRA Early to Buy a House

I am looking at purchasing my first home, as my calculations show it would actually be cheaper to pay a mortgage (and related fees) than it would be to continue renting. I have some savings, and some ...
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Should I buy a house because Mortgage rates are low

Interest rates are pretty low right now and a few of my friends are rushing to buy a house(even though the actual property prices are pretty high.) I was of an opinion that mortgage rates being low is ...
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Am I a first time buyer if I own a share of my parents property?

If my parents use the land registry to add me as a 10% owner of their house, would I still qualify as a first time buyer in reference to common first time buyer mortgage schemes?
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In the donut hole of assistance, Should I buy a home?

I heard that there are a ton of credits and assistance for my county/state for first time home buyers, so I started to casually look at the assistance programs. Unfortunately, because I would be ...
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US: House bought in Feb '16 and tax returns for '15

My wife and I bought our first house in February, 2016. We used a conventional loan to acquire the property. Now (March, 2016) I am preparing a tax return statement for 2015 year. I haven't made any ...
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Real estate agent wants a loan introduction letter

I was talking to a real estate agent (USA, CA bay area) who told me that I need to not only fill out a loan app, w2, and account statements but also write a introduction letter for the lender. I've ...
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Will I be able to purchase land?

I am 19 and I plan on working on a cruise ship to save up around $20,000 to buy a plot of land in Oregon and build a tiny house for myself; however all of this is just an idea at the moment, nothing ...
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Advice on helping younger relatives to buy a house in the UK

Younger relatives of ours would like to move to our area but it's quite expensive - they can only really afford half of a house deposit. We've just come into enough money to make that up to a full ...
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Cost of Title Insurance

When I've shopped around for car insurance and health insurance, there are large differences in cost and also in the type of policy. I just bought a house, and I noticed that there seems to be no ...
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How to calculate how much house I can afford?

Let me start by saying that I've already read How big of a mortgage can I realistically afford? And How much house can I afford, waiting around 3 years or so But those questions are very ...
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Repaying my Home Owners Plan

I have been adding the annualized amount as part of my income declaration since I started repaying this original home ownership incentive. It was determined to be $897/year for 15 years. Will I have ...
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Investing in a Condo or House [closed]

I am a single male and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am contemplating whether to invest in a house or a condo. As a lifestyle, a condo suits me better because I am single, I do not have any kids ...
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When filing US income taxes separately, who can claim new home purchase?

Alice and Bob are unmarried and purchased a house together as joint tenants. Both of their names are on the home title and both are on the mortgage. Who can claim the following on their income tax: ...
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What is a qualified IRA distribution for a first time home purchase?

My wife and I recently purchased our first home. In order to partially cover the down payment, I withdrew about $18,000 from my Roth IRA (ie its only in my name). I know the IRS lets you waive the ...
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disadvantages of saving for home down payment through 401k or 457k

I've been toying around with the idea of setting aside money via my 401k specifically for use as a down payment on a house. To be clear, I do currently put 9% into my Roth 401k option and my employer ...
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Whether H1 B Non Immigrant visa holders are allowed to purchase Home in the US?

Are H1 B Non Immigrant visa holders allowed to purchase homes in the US, assuming they have the necessary income and a good down payment (20-30%)? Will the immigration status affect approval for the ...
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Is it the right time to start the homebuying process?

Jan 2015 My wife and I were in the market to buy a home and we got preapproved. The credit pull revealed a negative mark on her credit report (sub-600 FICO score) which was for a student loan that ...
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Is eliminating debt smart when considering a home purchase? [duplicate]

I'm entering into the latter half of my twenties, and I'm now faced with a question I've seen a few times before on this site: should I pay off my student loans or use the money as a down payment for ...
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Paying off student loan or using that money for a downpayment on a house

I am 22 years old, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I am a recent graduate. I approximately owe 22,000 dollars in student debt (all federal student loans at a fixed rate). My job pays me around 50,000 ...
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Does The (US) 'First Time Home Buyer's Credit' Still Exist?

I was told by a realtor, in the state of Illinois, today that there is currently a program that will provide '$7,500 in assistance for someone who has not owned a house in the past 3 years'. I tried ...
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Turning 30 and making the right decision with my savings and purchasing home

I just turned 30, I have a job which paying me $100k in Los Angeles, I have zero debt, excellent credit score and $65k in my bank account. I am single and I am paying more than 30% in income tax (...
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Credit history when buying a property

Recently in the UK there seem to have been a lot of changes with how mortgages work, especially with the introduction of the "help-to-buy" schemes. Whilst looking around a few sites (both .gov and ...
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60% Downpayment on house?

My fiancee and I are shopping for a house, and very fortunate to have the assets to allow us to make a healthy downpayment. We both like the idea of a lower monthly mortgage payment, specifically the ...
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Buying a flat in Spain for using it as residence

I am an spanish software developer in his 30s, single, no kids, living and working in another EU country with a decent salary. I have saved around 25k€ in the last three years working abroad plus ...
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What's the process to buy an old house to tear it down and create a new one?

I'm seeing an old house in Union City, NJ, that I'd like to buy to tear it down and create a 3 family one to generate income. What are the steps to take in this process and what kind of contract ...
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Can a retired person be co applicant of a home loan?

I am willing to take home loan along with my father whose age is 64. He will be the co applicant. But as the maximum age of repaying a loan is 70 is it possible to remove his name as co applicant and ...
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Home warranty policy is not in effect

I bought my current house in dec-2014 and during the buying process I got the home owner's warranty which was paid by the escrow account ($550.00). This warranty should be good for an year and renewed ...
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First time home buyer. How to negotiate price?

I am a first time home buyer and am getting ready to make an offer on a house. The house is listed at $88,500 and has been on the market for 3-6 months. When I asked my realtor for his advice on what ...
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Financial considerations in buying out siblings on inherited house

My wife and I have the option to buy out my late mother's house from my two siblings; we currently are in the process of inheriting it jointly. They would like to sell the house to someone as soon as ...
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Realtor Credit or Kickback

Its our first home purchase in Maryland, USA. Our realtor agreed to give us 2% kickback (towards closing cost) and she keeps 1% from the 3% commission she gets. If base price of our home is 400K, ...
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Fair Market Value Vs. Assessed Value

As my research, there are two criteria on home values. Market Value and Assessed Value. Market Value used between buyer and seller to get agree on sales price and Assessed Value is used to calculate ...
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Rent or buy a house in a poor country?

I have a very simple question - rent or buy a house in a poor country when you have a stable income? There are many articles on this topic but I cannot find the right solution for my specific case as ...
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As a young person in his early 20s, when should I start thinking about buying a house?

I am saving up whenever I can for my future house downpayment, but I don't really have goals like : Have $X when I'm Y years old Buy a house at age Z Are there good guidelines to have? Goals? What ...
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Buy a new home or stay on rental flat?

I got married a year back. My husband and I both are working professionals. we both are earning well and can save 50000 per month combined after deducting our rental of 25000 per month and all other ...