Questions tagged [first-time-home-buyer]

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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Housing Price Index - How to determine if Housing Marketing is high or low

What is the best source/website for seeing if the housing prices are high or low? I am looking to buy a home but don't know where to look confirm if the housing prices in aggregate or by city/state ...
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I just bought a home and I want my new address to not be searchable by using my name. How can I keep my new address from being found

I understand that all real estate transactions are public knowledge. As far as displaying the value of my new home, how much it was purchased for, or if we took out a load or bought it in cash, I can ...
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Asking for a reduction in price after memorandum of sale and mortgage application

I am buying a flat (in England) and my offer was accepted. I applied for a mortgage (that is yet to be approved). After some time my solicitor found out that some constructions are planned in the area ...
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Modeling wealth over time in a home [closed]

Suppose a person decides to buy a house and finance it by taking out a mortgage. I am attempting to model the wealth of this person over time. I need some help deciding whether this system of ...
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Mortgage for a couple where one partner is not a first time buyer

There is a married couple in the UK where partner X owns a share of a property, while partner Y doesn't (i.e, Y is a first time buyer per se). Can partner Y apply for a mortgage alone (in order to ...
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Offer subject to survey or survey before an offer?

I saw a flat (in London), made an offer and received a counter-offer. I wonder what should be my next step and I get two types of advice. As far as I understand, the most standard practice is to ...
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Reasons for selling a flat "off market"

An agent (from Martyn Gerrard) has shown to me a flat that is not yet on the market. He said that the owner wants first to try (say for a couple of weeks) to sell this off the market, but then if this ...
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Why would a seller require a cash offer on a property?

My partner and I are looking at a house in an area that would be interesting to us. It's a fixer-upper that would require quite a bit of work on the inside. She's previously owned a house and ...
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The "meaning" of reduction of the asking price for a flat and its consequences

I found a flat (say in London) that was advertised a month ago and whose asking price was reduced by 5% yesterday from 500K to 475K. Suppose I make an offer of 450K, i.e. I reduce the price by further ...
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Can an agent misinform me about the offers that he has?

An agent has shown to me a flat in London with asking price £450K. I like the flat and I am thinking about an offer that I can make. The agent (from Foxtons) told me that the owner was receiving ...
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Buying a home in a high-price, climate change-exposed region

I moved to southern California recently for work. This is the first time I'm stable enough to consider buying a home. Based on some standard decision rules for home buying, I'm ready: I can afford the ...
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Reliable sources on house prices in the UK/London [closed]

I would like to understand whether the prices of homes/flats in some London boroughs (say Haringey or Islington) are going up or down in the last few months/years, and by how much. Even better, if ...
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How can banks make profit from mortgages with interest rate 1.29%?

At the current moment HSBC is proposing mortgages with interest rate 1.29% fixed for 5 years for 75% LTV: https://www.hsbc.co.uk/mortgages/our-rates/#tab-panel-tab_1539213631 I wonder what is the ...
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Pay seller from escrow before closing on property so mortgage can be finished?

Let's say seller does not want to grant extension to buyer so his lender could finish mortgage paper work. However, buyer has enough cash on hand and is completely capable to pay seller by original ...
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Is my partner a first-time buyer? (UK)

My partner had previously co-bought a house (in the UK with a mortgage) in 2002, the house was then sold in 2013 (no profit made after mortgage pay-off and fees). Fast forward to 2021, we're buying a ...
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A roadmap for buying a home in the UK (London) [closed]

I have lived in London for 16 years, always renting a flat, and lately wonder whether I should try to buy a home or go on renting. But I feel like I am missing framework for making such a choice. Is ...
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Percentage of homes bought in London for living in [closed]

I am investigating a possibility of buying a flat in London to live in. On Rightmove it is possible to see flats/homes that were recently sold, and often it looks like the price per number of square ...
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Home equity price

I bought a home that costs $100,000 and it’s worth $200,000 but I still owe $50,000 on it how much equity do I have on the home?
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Buying a condo for 3 years and renting afterwards

This has been asked a couple of times, but I'm still having trouble with the numbers. I'm a grad student and will be in my area for another 3 years. I'd like to buy instead of rent, but given the ...
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How can I determine how much improvement (dollar value wise) I can put on an urban lot?

So, I'm in the position of considering where (within a given city/real-estate-market) I and my family want to build our next house (which will also be our first experience as homeowners -- we've lived ...
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Buying a house vs Building one

In theory what is 'cheaper': buying a home or building one?. For simplicity we could assume that the terrain size is the same, in the same area, using the same house model (to calculate the material ...
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I gifted money to my girlfriend for a down payment on a house and we broke up. Am I entitled to my money back? [closed]

I'm writing to ask a question about gifting my fiancé a down payment for the home we currently live in and bought. So when I gave her 14,000 for the down payment of our home we were engaged. At this ...
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Resale of a House with Estate Rentcharge

Made an offer on a c. 40 yr. old freehold house in London. Had offer accepted. When going through the docs as part of pre sign-off due-dilligence, turned out there is a 300 GBP / year Estate ...
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Estimating common home improvement costs?

I'm thinking about buying a home in 6 months or so, and shag carpet seems to be quite popular with older constructions at the lower end of my price range. Is there any good source for estimating the ...
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Should I ask to be approved for a larger amount than I will spend?

First time homebuyer figuring things out as I go. I pre-qualified for a mortgage of more than I can actually afford. The broker asked me how much I wanted to spend, and was given an approval letter ...
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Stamp duty first time buyer renting after 6 months

I'm looking to buy my first house, but I'm only planning on living in it for 6 months or so before going cycle touring next summer (covide dependant..!). I'd like to rent it out for 6-12 months after ...
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Help needed to deal with personal financial condition [closed]

Would like to discuss my financial condition here so that you guys can share your thoughts. TLDR :). There are some details related to family as well, which I think is important while taking financial ...
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Where to keep savings for home loan deposit?

I'm a US resident and I've saved > $100k cash for a home deposit. I expect to finance a home in the next 12 months. Currently the cash is split between Bank savings account and a couple of money ...
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First Time Home Buyer - How much will I be approved for on a loan for a house?

I am 23 years old and will graduate from college in the next few months. I have always lived in an apartment so it's been a dream to live in a home one day and a personal goal to own a home before I ...
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Lifetime ISA, Cash ISA

I'm planning to get my first home next year and thinking to open a lifetime ISA account. Can someone advise on these things please, still not quite sure: Is there any minimum amount of money to ...
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What can I do with my finances while waiting to close with a mortgage?

I'm in the process of buying my first home and I've gotten lots of advice that has been unclear and hard to work with. One of the clearer pieces of advice I've gotten is to not make big financial ...
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Saving money for the full price of a home while renting vs getting a mortage and buy home now, which is better?

I moved to Budapest and rent my home since I started working, now I have enough savings for down payment so if I want to buy my own home in the area with a loan I can do it now. The goal is get to get ...
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Is it better to invest FULL savings, in a home before marriage, or PARTIAL savings after marriage (50/50 contribution with spouse)?

My question is around the safety of my brother's investment (Washington State, USA) if shit hits the fan and his marriage falls apart. He is planning to buy a property now (huge investment) but our ...
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Do I have to use my realtor on a For Sale by Owner home

I found a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) home that I love through a family friend. The seller has sold two of their homes before with no broker help from them or the buyer. They don't want pay any amount to ...
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UK - What difference would having a "paying guest" lodging in your house make to your home insurance?

I am currently in the process of buying my first house, and had thought about potentially letting out the spare room to a lodger some time in the future. Having just paid for a home insurance policy, ...
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How can we reduce closing costs in USA while purchasing a home for first time home buyers [duplicate]

What are the several known and unknown closing costs associated while purchasing a house in USA? How can we significantly reduce closing costs ?
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How much money, outside of the cost of the house, do I need to buy a house? [duplicate]

I see a lot of help online for calculating the actual cost of buying a house - this includes things like down payments, calculating the monthly payments and interest rate, the real utility cost of ...
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What is the best way to start investing in real estate if you have no experience?

I want to buy a condo to live in as a starter home but want to begin renting it out at some point after I buy it, presumably when I have enough money to buy a larger home, as opposed to just selling ...
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CARES Act 401k withdrawal requirements - Is this a hardship?

From my understanding, financial hardships related to COVID-19 can qualify an individual to withdraw money from their 401k, with literally no penalty so long as it is repayed to a similar retirement ...
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For buying a home, what kind of loans can I seek with a large cash collateral but no credit history?

Story: I'm just after going to my local bank and attempting to get 'prequalified' for a home loan, since the first realtor I called instructed me to do so before we got started. On trying, I was ...
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Tips on making a best and final offer

Me and one other buyer have been asked to make our best and final offers on a house after us both making initial offers. I believe I am in a good position as stated here and I will reiterate this to ...
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I just started a new job in D.C. and looking to buy my first home. I have a few questions, and any help I can get would be very much appreciated

Background: I just got a new job in downtown D.C. and I'm interested in buying my first home since interest rates are low and I have excellent credit (750-ish). I will be making 130K a year. I have ...
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How to get an offer on a house accepted?

I really like a house and I am prepared to put in an offer at the asking price. I think this is a good price for this house considering the current value of houses in this area and from my personal ...
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How to use savings to buy security

I am a 28 year old single male and I have about 30k USD in my retirement account and 100k USD in my savings and checking accounts. I'm on track to save another 30-40k through the rest of the year as a ...
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UK first-time home buyer government programs - ISA

I am currently looking for my first house to buy. I looked at https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/help-to-buy-isa/how-does-it-work/, The Help to Buy ISA had been closed to new accounts at midnight on 30 ...
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Coming into some inheritance, how to smartly put it to the best use to pay off my debt and/or pay for a home downpayment?

I'm in the United States. A family member just passed and it looks like I'll be coming into a little inheritance ($30,000 USD). I've got quite a bit of debt and am also looking at potentially buying ...
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How prop 8 (1978: Property Tax Reduction) works in California?

If I understand correctly, then in California Prop 8 is supposed to give peace of mind to home buyers by providing temporary property tax relief in case housing market crashes soon after they bought a ...
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Home Mortgage w/ Very Low Interest Rates: More or Less Down?

I know this question has been asked in different formats previously, but I'm curious about the variables that should go into the decision making process. I have enough in savings, excluding ...
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Is it possible to make larger mortgage payments to make up for a lack of down payment?

I have a new job, and my wife and I are considering buying a condo near my new work place due to the lack of adequate rental properties in the area. Currently, we have a guaranteed $10,000 that we ...
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Shared ownership with sibling

Here is my current situation: I am looking to purchase a property with my sibling that we will both live in. They are a graduate student, so their current income isn't great ($25,000/year) but they ...

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