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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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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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How big of a mortgage can I realistically afford?

I'm 25, and I'm in the process of closing on a $260,000 mortgage for a very nice condo in downtown Salt Lake City. My salary is $80,000 right now, which I feel is pretty solid, but I'm starting to get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Buying house on a loan when you're just starting a career

I am 25 year old Indian in the beginning of my career i.e this is my second year after entering the workforce. I am working in Japan. My salary does not leave much extra after my personal ...
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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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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 I'...
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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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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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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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How important is future big purchases (house) when setting up guaranteed investment accounts?

I moved out of my parents's house a couple weeks ago. I moved into an apartment in a big city and I am not sure yet if I will like it here or not. I have no idea when I'll switch to a house and if ...
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Does it make sense to buy a house to live in for a few years then rent it out?

I'm currently looking to buy a house to live in for 2-3 years, and then rent it out. Most recommendations I see are to buy a house if owning for 5+ years, but I'm not sure how that advice applies if I'...
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Can previously low wages hurt my chances of an approved home loan?

Some quick stats about me. Received a pre-approval for $280,000 Credit Score: 808 Current Salary: $63,500 Job: Junior Software Engineer My main concern here is regarding the eventual income ...
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Should I buy my house from my landlord?

The situation This is a specific situation, but hopefully the general themes of the question will be helpful to others. I read the question at In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent ...
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Should I buy a house now before prices rise even more?

We rent an apartment in Frankfurt, Germany and we are contractually bound to it for another 1.5 years. We are 33 and 35 years old and there will be children soon. We make around 110k € annually (...
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Is it better to take highest mortgage you can afford?

My partner and I are looking to buy at the moment. I won't get into all the details but we live in Germany, have a budget in mind and have talked with a few brokers and providers. Our idea for the ...
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If I sell my house without buying another property, do I need to pay stamp duty when I'm ready to buy again?

If I sell my current flat (bought in 2014) to move abroad; if/when I return to the UK, would I need to pay stamp duty on a new house purchase? Assuming no properties here are worth more than £300k ...
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Standard Tax increase starting 2018 and itemized deductions

I am trying to purchase a house in the next few months. The 2018 Standard Deduction for married couples filing jointly will be $24k. I think that to reach this limit with itemized deductions, I would ...
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Does a larger down payment make an offer stronger?

I'm a first time home buyer, buying in the Jersey City area. My realtor insists that, given two similar offers, the one with a higher down payment is viewed as a stronger offer. My realtor even said ...
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First time buyer unsure on which mortgage to go for

My husband and I are first time buyers are are looking at mortgage options but I'm unsure which option is preferable. We only have a 5% deposit so are being hit with not great interest rates. Our ...
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Home Insurance companies and underwritten policies

I am in porcess to buy a home in San Diego. As it has been covered relentlessly in the news lately, it is not a secret that Southern California is very prone to fires. Now, I am shopping around for ...
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Unexpected cash - pay off debts or buy home (to reduce child support expense)?

There are quite a few people who seem to handle personal budgeting questions, so I'll ask here, as my situation recently changed. I am a recently divorced father of 3, and was ordered to pay child ...
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Buying a house over a long period of time without a mortgage

I will soon receive a sum of money which will allow me to pay all cash for a house. However, I'd rather pay for the house over a long period of time. I would like to put the unspent money to work in ...
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How Does Home Sale Transaction Value Get into the Public Domain?

Being a privacy conscious person, when my wife and I bought our first house a few years ago, knowing that I did not consent to the information going public, I was surprised and a little perturbed to ...
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How do owners of one home make money on the sell-and-buy process?

With school loans diminishing and job salaries rising, there is constant pressure among family and friends to start looking for a home and stop renting. "It's a great investment", they say, "and it ...
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HRA + Home Loan for under construction Property

I know this question has been asked many times earlier but the answers are too technical for me to understand. Request your guidance (at dummy level). I am living in a rented house. This year (F.Y. ...
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Buying a home without any credit but good history

I'm in the process of looking at condos/town houses to buy. Based on the location, I know that I will be there at least 5 years. I am young, and have used cash and debit cards all throughout my life,...
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What are the positives and negatives of buying a home without a real estate agent?

Note, the question isn't searching for a home, but buying a home. If you do the leg work on your own, identify what you're looking for and find it, then what are the downsides of not making the ...
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Can the Home buyer's Plan (HBP) RRSP repayment start from the same year in which the loan is taken?

I am a first time home buyer and am thinking of making use of the HBP (Home Buyer's Plan). I have $35,000 in RRSP contribution limit. I am planning to deposit $25,000 into my RRSP account and $10,000 ...
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Is the decision to buy a house in the UK a no-brainer? [duplicate]

In the UK, one needs to pay a council tax regardless of whether you rent or own a house. And unlike the US, there is no prohibitive property tax when you own a house. So, does that mean the only ...
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Credit advice in preparation for buying a house a year from now?

I plan on buying a home about a year from now. I'm 25, have never owned a home before, but I have a credit score that hovers around 780, so I've got that going for me. However, I do not plan on co-...
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What does the FHA insurance schema actually mean?

Because of my low savings, but high-income/high-credit-score scenario, I'm only able to get my first house by using an FHA loan (as far as I can tell.) I want to do a 3.5% down, 30-year loan for a ...
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Should I swap out my HelpToBuy ISA for a Lifetime ISA?

The UK government has recently released a new type of ISA, the Lifetime ISA, to help first time buyers, such as myself. My goal is to save £100,000. My current savings are (all figures are rough): ...
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How much would I save doing my own electrical rough-in?

I'm a capable and confident diy-er with some electrical experience. I'm trying to find parts of the home-building process I can do myself to save some cash when I build a house in the next couple ...
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Gift taxes if I let my sister live rent free in a house I own?

If I buy a home for my special needs sister to live in free of charge, is this a gift for taxation purposes since $0 is under fair market value? I assume if it is considered a gift, since the amount ...
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Preparing for a mortgage application in a year and a half

My wife and I are planning on buying a house in 1.5 years from now. We are going to be applying for a home loan in the month of May, 2019. We have a few things we know for a fact we need to take care ...
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Why would your credit rise when you're buying a house?

First time homebuyer. When I originally applied for financing on the house, my credit sat at a 751. After 4 months, we closed on the house and the company who funded the purchase noted that my credit ...
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Does purchasing a mobile home allow you to lower your income tax?

I have heard that by owning a home that your federal income tax is reduced. Does this still apply to mobile homes? If so, how much reduction could I expect? I currently have a tax rate of 28%. Living ...
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Pennsylvania real estate - buyer agency contract

I'm buying a home and chosen a real estate agent and am now reviewing the buyer agency contract. One thing in particular about this contract has stood out to me. The buyer's commission is 3.5% stated ...
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Could the loan officer deny me even if I have the money as a first time home buyer?

As of right now I am a senior in college in the United States. I have managed to secure a job once I graduate in May making around 78K. I started working at my year long internship in May of this year....
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First time homebuyer, want to buy an old house tear down and rebuild

My spouse and I have never had a mortgage. We're pre-approved for about a $600k mortgage, which we want to use to buy an older house to tear down and completely rebuild. The initial price on these ...
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What can I do with $15k and 2k/month in savings?

I'm 27 and I live with parents at the moment. I save 2k a month without fail. I have 17k loan on a car (there is no building interest, as in I won't pay more if I pay it out longer). I also have 17k ...