#1. Wash Off Dirt & Debris
Most important is, where you will want to live. What part of the village best fits your lifestyle? How far do you want to commute to work? Is shopping nearby? must it be a walking town, what should you put on your wish list? Are you a heediker or cyclist? Do you need recreation space? Be specific!
#2. Clean The Deck
Meet with a loan officer or financial advisor to determine your affordibility. You will need to be pre-qualified for a mortgate. You will be asked about your income and debts. Have that information available upon your first visit. figure out what will happen after your apartment purchase. You never want to be house poor. Do you plan to have children in the not-so-distant future? A mortgage person or financial planner will advise you on how much you can afford to spend now, but he won't know what is going to happen to your life in the future. If you can pay less for your first apartment than you can afford, you'll have money left over for your savings.
#3. Scrub The Driveway Spotless
We really don't mean to scrub it by hand. We mean make that driveway sing. Your driveway is usually the first element that people see and it can be instrumental in making a good impression.
#4. Clean Out The Gutters
Your realtor will write an offer on your behalf once you've found a property you're interested in purchasing. She can help you determine a fair opening bid and remind you of any extra amenities that you may ask to have included. Your agent will discuss whether you need to include any contingencies, making your offer dependent upon securing an acceptable mortgage asa well as a home inspection. After it is complete your offer will be sent to the seller's agent, or to the homeowner if he is working without an agent, ask to be kept informed about any negotiations.
#5. Clean Up The Landscape
Be sure to ask what the actual cost is to buy your apartment. Often 1st time home buyers are aghast to learn that their initial purchase is going to involve more than the down payment. Ask your loan originator to prepare a "good faith" estimate which will include all fees pertaining to the purchase. Inspection, loan-origination, up-front points, application fees, title search and title insurance, homeowner's insurance, recording fees, appraisal fees and attorney's fees. These fees can add 3 to 8 percent to the final purchase price.