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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Emotionally driven to buy a house. Does it make financial sense?

I am a US citizen living in Europe, so this question might be complicated by tax laws, but let's just ignore them for now. Basically, I am really emotionally driven to buy a house but am realizing ...
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I earn $75K, have $30K in savings, no debt, rent from my parents who are losing their home. Should I buy a home now or save?

My parents have advised me to buy a home, as residential real-estate is still "cheap" (or what's considered cheap in my area). My parents have valid points, especially from an economic/investing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was this a good deal on a mortgage?

I just graduated college last year, and was looking to buy a house. Clearly I wouldn't be able to buy it outright, so I was thinking of getting a mortgage. I have a steady job (~$55,000 annual before ...
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When do buyer real estate agents expect you to sign with them?

I am totally new to the home buying process. I looked online at some houses that I liked, and the realtors who I was put in contact with told me to come and take a look. After I got off the phone with ...
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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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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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Seller refuses to accept offer on home until after inspection

I'm currently trying to buy a home (that happens to be a foreclosure), and the bank who owns it is allowing us an inspection period, however they are unwilling to accept our offer until after the ...
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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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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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Is it typical to start charging HOA fees before a community is fully built?

I am currently in the process of buying a home at a new community. My home is part of phase 1 out of 4 phases and will be ready for move-in prior to the completion of the entire community. But the ...
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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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Buying a house, Bank or rent to own?

We currently rent a house. Our credit is ok, but we're working on it (paying things off, disputing things, etc). We are first time buyers. We have a good relationship with the owners. We are thinking ...
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Dad gifting me a house for 2 years, how to deal with taxes?

My dad is moving to Florida. He loves the house he has in New York. He wants it to stay in the family but I can't quite afford the mortgage yet. I have a wealthy cousin who said he'd hold the NY house ...
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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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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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Buying a home with down payment from family as a "loan"

First time here, so please be gentle! I am thinking of buying a home, and have enough steady income to comfortably afford the monthly payment on the loan. However, I will need help with the down ...
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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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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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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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Long-term financial implications of selling stocks to get a higher house down payment

I have been searching for a house and am potentially going to make my first offer. I have cash on hand to make a 15% down payment on the place in question and enough money in stocks to comfortably get ...
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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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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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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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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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When to find a real-estate agent for buying a first home?

How soon should I find a real-estate agent? I am probably going to buy my first home in September and am assuming I will need an agent. So when should I contact one?
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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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Save a dollar for house downpayment or put it in an individual 401(k)?

I am a self-employed independent contractor. I'm trying to decide what to do with any extra income I earn over the near future, given that I have the eventual goal of purchasing a house (within 2-3 ...
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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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