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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UK First time buyer- offer accepted on house: Should I reduce offer due to coronavirus?

I live & work in the UK. A few weeks ago, I had a verbal offer accepted on a house (I am a first time buyer). I had initially offered a bit lower than the asking price, that offer was rejected, ...
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how to make sure tech gadgets that comes in home is not controlled by seller [closed]

I was looking for home to buy and some homes has tech gadgets like. nest thermostat installed. ring as door bell. MyQ on garage door. I want to make sure that on sell, the seller does not keep the ...
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Buy apartment now despite corona crisis?

I am about to buy an apartment (in a major city in central Europe) to live in, mostly with borrowed capital (around 80%). The price was set before the financial crisis due to the corona virus started. ...
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Implications of buying a house during/ after a stock market crash?

I am currently in the process of buying my first house (I live in the UK). Having had an offer accepted, I am now waiting on the sellers to complete on buying the house they're moving to. With the ...
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Bought first home in another state while renting and working in another state ( bought in New York while renting in Connecticut)

I bought a house with my father in New York City while I live and work in Hartford Connecticut and I'm not sure where I need to file taxes as considering my primary residence. I appreciate your advice!...
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How long must I wait after buying a property to rent it out?

I bought a place as a first time buyer without mortgage. Consequently I paid a 3% stamp duty. Due to certain circumstances, I will have to rent it out. I would like to know how long before I could ...
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Do mortgage lenders in the UK consider stock grants or sign on bonuses?

I am employed as a software engineer in a company that grants shares and a sign on bonus. Do mortgage lenders in the UK take into consideration stock grants and annual sign on bonus (sign on bonus but ...
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What to do with spare cash, in the short term?

I live & work in the UK. Having pretty much exhausted all of the avenues I can find for saving (none of which have great returns anyway at the moment, obviously), I have recently started looking ...
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First time buyer- How to decide how much to put toward a deposit?

I live and work in the UK, and am starting to look seriously into buying my first house. I have thought about looking to buy a few times over the last few years, but ended up deciding not to for ...
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Should I be Wary of First-Time Home Ownership Programs?

Today I met with a realtor (A buyers rep, apparently). I was expecting to talk about saving up a proper down payment, and beginning the search for a home sometime next year. Instead, she was very ...
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Is it smarter financially to buy a starter home or go for the long-term goal?

My wife and I are first-time home buyers. We both have fairly stable jobs and have no trouble getting a mortgage on any price house in our town. We are trying to decide which is smarter financially: ...
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Should I invest in house? [duplicate]

I'm a 26 year old guy living in Croatia (Europe) in a coastal town known for tourism. Average salary in Croatia is around 700€, while I have a steady job and earn 1700€ (after tax) as a software ...
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Should I wait for a recession to buy a home?

I am currently renting, but am considering buying a house in the future (1-3 years). I want to know if I should even consider waiting for a future recession to buy a home at a better price. Some would ...
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Getting an FHA with less than 1 year of self-employment income

My wife and I (in our 20's) are looking to purchase a home in September after our lease is up, but won't quite have enough for 20% down by then (most likely 10-15%. I've currently switched from W2 ...
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What do I need to know to buy land and install a house?

I recently inherited some money and wish to buy a house (my first). I have tentatively concluded that the way to go is to buy a vacant lot (there are always some on Craigslist) and a prefab house. ...
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Is it illegal for builders to only work with local lenders?

I'm a month from closing on a new construction home and I changed my lender from a local lender that was untrustworthy and not giving a deal. I got a notice that the the builder wont approve the new ...
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Should relocation to more expensive area affect home-ownership decision?

I am about to relocate (from outside the US to Massachusetts) for a limited time period (~4 years). Compared to my current job and expenses, both prices and wages should be approximately X1.5 times ...
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What scenarios to look for when bringing a large down payment for buying a house?

I have been looking to buy a house for about $120k. There are abundant properties for sale in this price. While house hunting, I suddenly came into an inheritance, so I can now afford a down payment ...
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Should I pay closing cost and replace HVAC for buyer

The buyer has requested I replace the HVAC + duct work on the home. The estimated cost is $6,000. I have also agreed to pay the closing cost which is close to or more than $ 5,000. I am motivated to ...
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How to price target when selling a home?

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is prohibited to "impose different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling." But in the residential market, does price targeting actually ...
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UK - first house as a investment, mortgage

I am about to buy first house in UK, mainly for investment purposes (UK) Property price: up to 280k £ Spare cash: 60k (deposit, fees, renovation costs) (renovation costs will be much lowers, because ...
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Buying a house with credit line and getting a mortgage later

We are considering buying a house for about $150-160 thousand. We recently moved, and my wife has been on maternity leave benefits for a year now. So, proof of income is basically non-existent. We ...
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Mortgage in principle with several mortgage advisors (UK)

I am looking to buy my first home (UK). Because we are a bit nervous, we are visiting 3 different mortgage advisors with the intention of obtaining the best deal possible. All of them say that we won'...
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Is there a more collateralizable home?

Consider a situation where a loan officer examines the degree of collateralizability of a real estate. For example, one could compare: Sturdiness: wood v. brick. Flood/Tornado Plain: more vulnerable ...
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Understanding pledge, mortgage, and collateral in home buying

I am trying to better understand the terms pledge and collateral, in home buying. My understanding is that a Pledge is usually a pawn or piece of property used to secure "financing". When I try to ...
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Mortgage as present value of resale worth

I would like to ask someone who is knowledgeable in home loan and mortgage financing. Consider a home with an appraisal value of $ 400k. Let the down payment on this mortgage be $80k (i.e. 20% of $...
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Property value, sold value and LTV (Scotland, United Kingdom)

I am about to buy my first property. I spoke to a financial advisor today and I didn't get what he was saying. He mentioned something like one the main errors of first time buyers is that they think ...
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Buy 1 bed flat via private sell (Edinburgh, UK) - opportunity?

I am renting a flat (1 bed + box room) with my partner in 'central' Edinburgh. We pay £675 pcm. Our landlady wants to sell it urgently and she asks for £160,000. She is keen to sell it to us. A ...
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Tax benefit on home loan of under construction as well as ready possession property

I am from Pune, India and working in Ratnagiri. I have purchased a under constructed flat as a Co-Owner in FY 18-19 in Pune. Possession will be after four years i.e. 2022. First Owner is my wife. We ...
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Mortgage vs cash for a first-time home buyer

I need advice: I'm in a condo contract, priced at $175K. I have been looking around for mortgage, and got a quote for a 3.125% 15-year mortgage with 20% down payment (so loan would be 140K). I was ...
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Mortgage broker vs bank mortgage for home buying

I'm a new home buyer, buying a condo. Now that we have already signed a contract, a question raised for me. Is it recommended to get a mortgage directly from a bank or through a mortgage broker? ...
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Is there a long-term disadvantage to buying a small home?

I am shopping for a first home. Based on income, and estimates of the monthly mortgage, tax, and insurance payments, I can afford a house that is $180,000 with 30 years. But in my area, such as house ...
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How hard is it to sell a home which is currently mortgaged?

I'm looking to buy a house for the first time. I've done some homework, and from what I can tell... Buying a house via mortgage in Kentucky is somewhat cheaper than renting an apartment. I need to ...
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how does taking mortage loan affect my credit score after closing

I am taking a loan on my first home purchase. I have 780+ credit score now. How is my credit score affected after closing on the loan.
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Am I eligible for applying PMAY scheme?

I am planning to buy a home and my father already own a home. Am I eligible for applying PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban)) scheme? Thanks in advance
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Borrowing against 401k for first home - things to watch

There is a general advice that borrowing against 401k is to be avoided. When I was looking at related questions here in SE I found a few discussions where some experts challenged the generality. For ...
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Is the seller of a property in the UK in a position to dictate what the buyer does with it?

I know very little about the housing market or mortgages (it's just not taught in school in the UK, whereas oxbow lakes and pathetic fallacy are), but within a year I should be able to get my foot on ...
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How can I budget to build up a down payment for a house over the course of a year?

I'm currently looking to buy a house in one year - my lease will be expiring, I'll have the time to build up a savings, and we'll have the time to research and find the exact house we want - we've ...
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Buying and selling a house

Let say I am going to buy a home today for 100K and going to sell this house after 30 years for 300K. I have few questions regarding this one. I might have paid 100K in mortgage, so after 30 years I ...
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Selling property before 7 years is a loss of money?

I am 25 and I am looking to buy a very small new apartment in the next few years. I have been getting the prices of different properties and this one is relatively cheap because it's not in the best ...
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Is it a good time to buy a house now? [closed]

I saw a few houses, and decided to buy one of them. A condo originally priced 210,000, and they accepted my 193,000 offer. I'm a first time buyer, with zero experience and my agent helps me with ...
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Buying strategies for foreclosure condos

I saw a foreclosure condo which seems upgraded by the bank. I really liked the place, but the price can be cheaper. Can we negotiate with the bank on such foreclosure houses? What are some ...
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Strategies on buying a house for a first-timer

I'm 29, and I live in Chicago NW suburbs. I pay a lot for rent, so I am planning to buy my first house. I have no prior experience on this. What are some tips and strategies to buy a home? More ...
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Increase bid on home in exchange for down payment/credits

This webpage discusses the idea of bidding higher on a home in exchange for the seller paying closing costs of the same amount. Is it also permissible to bid higher and request the seller pay for (...
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minimum repayment on home loan

How to calculate home loan minimum repayments (before taking out the loan). For example, with a credit card, they clearly state, that you need to make X amount as minimum repayment (maybe 10%) with Y%...
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Can I get my property tax assessment lowered by comparing to my neighbors?

This video states: "If you find more valuable homes that pay less, you certainly have a good reason to appeal". Zillow shows many of my neighbors homes have much higher value AND much lower ...
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Was I a victim of illegal bait and switch mortgage fraud?

My wife and I recently purchased a home and I think we were victims of bait and switch mortgage fraud and I wanted to find out of what happened to us was illegal, or just very strange. We were first ...
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How can I decide whether it's time to move my own house from rent? [duplicate]

I'm currently renting a home in Budapest and about to reach a point where: cost of rent + other running costs of it - income from savings > cost of 10 yr loan + running costs of new home The left ...
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Running the numbers on buying a house for 3 years instead of renting

My SO and I moved out to a new city while she's in med school. We're currently in an apartment paying ~$1,300/mo (after utilities, etc...). However, the other day I realized 2-3 bed houses here cost ...
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Estate Agents Told Us House Requires a 50% deposit

We called an estate agent today to arrange a house viewing, shortly after they called back saying the purchase would require a massive 50% deposit so we cancelled the booking as this is out of our ...

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