The purpose of this article is to help potential investors and first time home buyers. It discusses some of the key factors when buying a property.
We all know that property investment involves a lot of money. This is why it only makes sense to be more cautious with every decision you need to make. It’s not just about the value of property or how much you can afford. There are a lot of things you need to have in check. Again, this is probably one of your biggest purchases. So, do your best to make things right.
Whether you’re buying a house for your family or looking for commercial properties for business purposes, you need to find the best ways to protect your assets in the future. And to help you with your goals, here are some of the key points to consider:
- Have a budget plan.
Of course, the first thing you need is a budget plan. How much are you willing to spend for a new house or commercial space? Other than the actual value of the property, you should also include other expenses such as maintenance and renovation costs, association dues, and professional fees.
- Hire a licensed real estate agent.
Hiring a reputable agent can make things easier for you. He or she should help you find a property that suits your budget and needs. They can even help you the best housing loan option for your situation, and prepare all the documents needed for the purchase.
Don’t forget that knowledge is power- make sure you have on your team an electrician, building contractor (for a solid survey) and plumber. Checking the roof is a huge issue if you live in colder climates or on the coast where weathering can cause issues. Somehow I made my way onto an email list for Orange County Gutter which claimed that one of the areas homeowners regret not considering when purchasing a new home are the drains and condition of the roofs and soffits. Might be worth following them on Facebook like me, or checking out their site.
- Don’t go beyond your limits.
Be realistic and flexible with your goals. As they always say, do not buy a property you can’t really afford. Focus on your needs, as much as possible. Review your first home owner grant. Check the policy and coverage to avoid any dispute in the future.
- Consider the location and culture .
Whether for personal reasons or business plans, it is always better to choose a location that can work for your family or your business. Accessibility is one of the biggest factors when buying a house or a commercial space. This actually determines the value of the property. As much as possible, choose a location that is accessible to schools, hospitals, government offices, malls, and others.
These are just some of the things you should consider when buying a property. Again, always do your research. Visit some real estate sites such as Zillow and Trulia, and check their blogs daily for more valuable insights.I’ll add some useful links to those when I get back to here!