Do's and Dont's When Buying a House for the First Time

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Buying your home for the first time is exciting and nervous at the same time. It excites you to think that you can finally have your own place where you can do what you want, but you should be aware that the mortgage means "death grip." Having a house of your own also means you're signing on for repairs, maintenance, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

It feels like simultaneous freedom and oppression as you can stay up as late as you want or play your music as loud as you like; but the bank insists that you have homeowner's insurance and you may not have considered just how much those annual taxes are when you were calculating how much you could afford each month. 

Because of these emotions, first-time home buyers tend to make mistakes. Here are a few tips on how to make your journey into buying your dream home for the first time, a little less stressful and more smooth-sailing.

Do figure out how much house you can afford

Knowing how much house you can afford can save you from wasting your time. As a first-time buyer, your goal should be buying a house and getting a loan with a comfortable monthly payment; and sometimes it's always a good idea to aim low.

You may use an online mortgage calculator to help you know how much is your achievable investment for your dream home and how much you can afford to borrow. It will also help you compute the possible monthly payment including the interest.

Do shop for multiple rate quotes

Remember that when shopping for a mortgage, it pays to compare offers as it is similar  to shopping for an expensive item. Mortgage interest rates vary from one lender to another, which is why it is a must to apply with multiple mortgage lenders. A typical borrower could save hundreds of euros in interest just in the first year by comparing at least five lenders.

Don't underestimate the costs of homeownership

After you buy a home, don't be surprised if your monthly bills keep piling up. This is normal and you should be ready for it. It is not just your mortgage payment that you should think of every month but also gas bill, cable bill, electric and water bill, phone bill, association fees, and a lot more bills and fees from the things you need to make your house a home.

To avoid this, work with a real estate agent before buying a house and ask how much the neighborhood’s property taxes and insurance typically cost. Also, you may check with the neighborhood their current major bills such as electricity, water and gas so you have an idea.

Don't make a down payment that's too small

You don't have to make a 20% down payment to buy a home. There are loan programs that offers you to buy a home with smaller to zero down payment. But that’s not always a good idea.

In the UK, lenders generally prefer borrowers to have a significant down payment of at least  5%. Some lenders may offer first time buyers a 100% mortgage with a £0 deposit, but obtaining that sort of loan will usually force one to pay at least a percent higher interest rate on their loan.

Some homeowners regret that they figured it out late, that they should have waited until they had a bigger down payment so they can secure an affordable monthly house payment, instead.

A bigger down payment means a smaller mortgage and a more affordable monthly house payment.

Don't empty your savings

Whether the home you are buying is pre-owned or not, it will inevitably need unexpected repair or minor improvements. Another growing pain for the first-time homeowners is when stuff breaks and it would save their day if they have enough savings for emergencies.

Aside from saving enough money to make a down payment, make sure you have enough finances to take care of repairs that may come up. 


  1. Sa experience sa family ni partner , yung ate niya kumuha sa camella.. 2m palang ang 3 br that time .. lakas ng loob sila kumuha. Mataas ang down ginawa nila para mura ang monthly.. jusko kapag kami bantay doon dahil nasa dubai siya kasama asawa niya ( sa dubai nag work asawa niya) 50k is kulang isang buwan.. di pa kasama hulog sa bahay ha.. sobra tipid na namin dahil di kami palakain sa labas... mahal ng tubig sa subdivision dahil may additional na charges pa.. eh kapag naman bumili ka ng house hindi naman pwedeng ganun lang.. papatiles ka pa .. yung mga pintuan palitin lahat dahil substandard. Kaya talagang kapag kumuha ka ng bahay handa ka sa gastusin.. yung mommy ni partner naman sa metrogate kumuha lupa muna tapos saka nagpatayo sa engr. Ng bahay ( hulugan) 4 yrs to pay pero anlaki ng monthly.. mas maganda lang dahil design mo na gusto talaga ang titirhan mo.. thankyou for sharing this idea ma.. swerte lang kami dahil may pamana ng bahay.. paayos and remodel nalang paunti unti


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