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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Penalty to withdraw from a new Roth IRA for first time home buyers?

My wife & I are 28 and plan on purchasing our first home in the next 1-3 years. Right now our assets are in two places: 403-b that I will not touch for the next 30+ years FDIC-insured savings ...
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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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Should we buy a house, or wait?

I am a 22 year old currently renting accommodation with my partner in the UK, and we are wondering if now is a good time to buy a property, and whether or not we can afford it. As background, my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What criteria should I use to determine if I should become a home owner?

Currently my spouse and I rent a small apartment. Eventually we'd like to expand the family, and a one bedroom rental won't cut it forever - even if we continue renting we'll be expanding to a ...
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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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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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More money towards down payment versus long-term investments

Background: I am married with no kids (but anticipating them at some point) and no debt at all. My spouse and I have an emergency fund, both fully fund our retirement accounts, and are also keenly ...
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How long I should pay the mortgage to break even when selling? (is 2 years enough)

Some basic assumptions: London real-estate market is very expensive. I used mortgage calculators "how much I could borrow". I cannot borrow enough to buy a home in an area I want to live in long term;...
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First time home buyer: Can you withdraw funds from a Roth 401k for a first time home purchase?

I have a Roth 401k. Soon I will have enough debts paid off that I would like to start building up a down payment for a house. The house purchase will be my first, and will be over a year from now. (...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Buy a smaller home now, and buy a bigger home later OR just wait to buy the bigger home later

Option 1: Buy a smaller house/condo now and later down the road (5-10 years) sell it to buy a bigger place. Option 2: Wait, rent (for 5-10 years), and save to buy a bigger place. Background ...
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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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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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First time homeowner and getting a mortgage?

My wife and I are looking to purchase our first house. What is the best approach for finding a mortgage? We're looking for a conventional 30yr fixed (w/10-20% down). Thanks!
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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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What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed?

What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed? Pretty simple really; I could make the payments on a 15 year fixed, but at today's low interest rates, ...
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First job: Renting vs get my parents to buy me a house

Finished my studies and got my first job starting in Nov. I'll have to move to a city far from where I currently live. I'll get paid around 17.5K/yr (1.4k/month net after taxes) and have to find a ...
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Is a Home Warranty worth the money?

I'm a first-time homebuyer, and one of the stipulations of the down payment assistance program I have is that I have to buy a home warranty (which covers appliances, plumbing, roof, etc in case of ...
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Temporarily reduce 401k contributions to help save for a downpayment?

Question I am saving up for a downpayment on a house to be used in 1 year's time from now. I have $20K and I want to have $60K, I know I won't have all of it but I want to try. Even if I don't get to ...
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First Time Home Buyer - How much down payment? Where to go for Mortgage?

I'm currently spending $15,000 a year in rent and gaining nothing in equity! This needs to change :). Looking to buy a place, I'm in the DC area so it'll be in the $500,000 price range. I have just ...
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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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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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Looking to buy a house in 1-2 years. Does starting a Roth IRA now make sense?

My wife & I are 28 years old and are looking to purchase our first home in the next 1-3 years. Our financial situation looks something like this: 24% combined gross annual income in low interest ...
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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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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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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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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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What is mortgage insurance? Do you have to have it, in order to be approved by a bank?

What does mortgage insurance do? Whom does it protect? Do I need it? MUST I have it, in order to be approved by a bank for a mortgage with them?
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How much does it cost to build a subdivision of houses on a large plot of land?

I am a potential first time home buyer in San Diego, California and like most buyers these days in Cali I find the market to be pretty expensive and I am trying to come up with innovative ways be able ...
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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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Seller pays closing costs: cash flows

Is it unorthodox to ask the seller to pay for closing costs up front? Also, if this is an okay thing to do, what are the typical mechanics of the cash flows if this is done? For example, if the ...
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Should I pay off a student loan before getting a mortgage, given I have a large deposit?

I live in the UK, and have a ~£15K student loan that I started in 2007. That means that I pay extremely low interest on it (lower value of "RPI" and "Base Rate + 1%") and that I only ever pay it out ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...