August 30, 2013

Tips for Buying Your own House

It is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to get their foot on the property ladder these days, especially now the property market has started to recover from the devastating effect of the recession and house prices are starting to climb again. With many banks still nervous about awarding mortgages, you’re doing very well if you’ve found yourself in a position to buy in spite of the economic climate in recent years. But what do you need to know if you’re looking to buy?

Firstly, figure out who exactly you are going to buy with. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford to buy alone, this isn’t a problem. However, lots of young adults decide to speed up the buying process by buying with a friend or a sibling, or even with parents to help them get a big enough deposit and mortgage to snare their ideal property. Will you be living with this person or are they simply helping you financially? This could have a major bearing on the type of place you decide to buy.

Remember that there are different mortgage schemes available, so don’t just stick with what your own bank tells you. There are now schemes available where you pay just a 5% deposit initially to bag your home. Do bear in mind that this will increase your monthly repayments, though, so only do this if you’re sure you’ll be financially secure and able to meet the repayments.

It might seem tedious, but it really is vital that you get a surveyor to check out a property before you commit to buy if you’re serious about buying it. This is because you could end up paying well over the odds if later down the line there are serious structural flaws or problems such as widespread damp. This would mean you would have paid the full asking price and then would have to shell out for the repair work, so this is a way to make sure you’re not left out of pocket.

You also need to make sure you can organise your budget. If you’ve been to university and lived in a student house, you may have some idea, but this time you’re completely responsible for the new property. You need to set aside rent, money for bills and money for emergencies each month. If a pipe springs a leak, there is no landlord to pay for a plumber. It’s about being responsible for yourself and your home, and learning to budget is a major part of this.

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