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Take These Steps First On The Road To Homeownership

Take These Steps First On The Road To Homeownership

Buying First home Tips:

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the $ so that you can get on the road to homeownership.

Get pre-approved

Buying first home tips (1) By getting pre-approved by your lender, you will save yourself the effort of looking at homes you can’t afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history. By doing a thorough analysis of your actual spending power, you’ll be less likely to get in over your head.

Choose your mortgage carefully

Buying first home tips (2) It used to be, the emphasis when it came to mortgages was on paying them off as soon as possible. Today, the debt an average person will accumulate due to credit cards, student loans, etc. means it may be better to opt for the 30-year mortgage instead of the 15-year. This way, you have a lower monthly payment, with the option of paying an additional principal when your budget allows. Additionally, when picking a mortgage, you usually have the option of paying additional points (a portion of the interest that you pay upfront at closing) in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you plan to stay in your new home for a long time, paying the points will save you money.

Do your homework before bidding

Buying first home tips (3) Before you make an offer on a home, do some research on the sales trends of similar homes in the neighborhood with the help of your Realtor®. Consider sales of similar homes in the last three months. For instance, if homes have recently sold for more than the asking price, your opening bid should probably be close to what the seller is asking if the listing is rather new to the market.

Not sure where to start? Ask your local Real Estate expert, me, for guidance and keep these top real estate tips in mind.

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My philosophy is simple: clients come first. I pledge to be in constant communication with my clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. If you’re not left with an amazing experience, I haven’t done my job. Success is not measured through achievements or awards but through the satisfaction and repeat/referral business of my clients. My goal is to be your top realtor choice when it comes to buying or selling real estate. Having spent most of my life in Portland living in Northeast, Southeast, Bethany, Hillsboro, Beaverton, downtown and St. Johns, I’m very knowledgeable of the many different neighborhoods our city has to offer.


Jamohl DeWald

If you're going to pay a mortgage it may as well be your own! I'm here to serve you, not sell you. One of my greatest joys as a real estate professional is handing over the keys of ownership to a first-time home buyer. As an experienced agent, I understand that preparation is important to avoid missteps with that first home purchase. I’m here to help with navigating the waters of those potential missteps.

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  • First Time Home Buyer & How to Prepare to be a Homeowner

    June 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    […] you’ve figured out the type of home and where you would like to live, then it is time to start thinking about your dream home and it’s finishes, like  the size of the home, size of the back yard, how many bedrooms you […]


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