Are You Ready For Home Ownership?

Owning a home may be your dream, but in order for the purchase to be the happy and satisfying experience it was meant to be, you need to ensure that you are financially and mentally prepared for the responsibilities that come with it.

Some people have a notion that home ownership is like renting, but with the power to have pets and paint the walls whatever color you like. However, while these privileges are available to homeowners in most municipalities, they come with the responsibilities of a mortgage, taxes and home maintenance. Preparing for home ownership requires you to take critical stock of your finances and your expectations.

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Questions for Prospective Homeowners

 

Are you ready to buy?

Owning your own home is about more than just being able to decorate any way you like; it's about being prepared to maintain your home over the years, realizing that part of your income and time will go towards repairs and maintenance. It's about being willing to take the risks of home ownership with a realistic expectation of the rewards.

How much can you afford?

It can be discouraging to find that your salary won't stretch as far as the home you want to own. However, sacrificing a huge part of your income just to pay the mortgage can very quickly make home ownership a burden rather than a point of pride. It's better to buy a modest home now and look at purchasing your "dream home" in a few years. If you are interested in an online prequalification through our wonderful mortgage affiliate you can find the application here:

What is your debt-to-income ratio?

This is something that lenders take very seriously. Your overall debt should not be more than 40% of your income, and your housing debt should not be more than 32%. What 32% of your income will buy depends on where you want to live. In rural or downtrodden areas for example, it can buy a very comfortable residence and ample acreage. In highly sought-after urban areas however, it may not even buy a 400 square foot bachelor suite.

What do you want?

Do you like the idea of cleaning your own gutters? Do you shudder at the thought of lawn care? Would you rather just pay a fee every month and have everything done for you? Would obeying rules about when you can have your garbage cans out bother you, or do you want to live in a neighborhood where everything is 'just so'? The answers to these questions can help you narrow down the search for the right type of property for you.

We Can Help

You need a good agent who will work hard for you. Our real estate team is dedicated to helping you find the right home, at the best price. We want you to find the home that will make you happy and successful in real estate ownership.

When you hire us to help you buy your first home, we want to know what you want and how much you can afford. Then we'll find a way to merge these two priorities and find a residence that you'll enjoy owning.

Keep your objectives in mind when visiting a home. Sometimes the idea of owning a home can overwhelm your practical sense, so keep your feelings in check. Keep a list handy of the features that you need and want in a home, and judge each home by the list instead of by details that could distract you from your goal. When you're alone with your agent, you can go over the pros and cons of each home. We can help you stay on track while still keeping our eyes out for a great property.

Make the offer. This can be a maze of "buyer", "seller", "chattels", "deposit", and "completion". We'll be happy to prepare the paperwork and go through it with you before submitting it. Remember, the seller may reject or counter your offer, so even at this late date, avoid setting your heart on the home you hope to own. You'll probably have to write a deposit check to the seller's broker that proves the seriousness of your offer.

Get all necessary inspections done. A home inspector will check for signs of harmful materials like asbestos, lead paint and mold. They'll also check for evidence of pests, faulty wiring and leaks. This is a crucial part of the home purchase. Not getting an inspection done means that you could be stuck in a home with a bad case of black mold and no recourse other than to pay for its removal. Inspections will cost a few hundred dollars, but again, this is more than worth it in the end. There are several inspectors in the area that we'd be happy to recommend.

Do a final walkthrough before closing the deal. We'd be happy to do this with you to make sure that everything agreed upon is completed prior to the final signing.

From the first interview that determines your requirements to the moment that you receive the keys, we can help you with the complicated process of buying a home. Don't hesitate to contact us to find out more about how we can make the home buying process easier!

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458 Properties Found. Page 1 of 31.
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1759 Davis Rd, Jacksonville

$300,000 - 3 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,318 Sf

MLS® # 1093529

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY ATLANTIC PARTNERS SOUTHSIDE
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New Listing

1051 Bear Claw Ln, Orange Park

$299,990 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,554 Sf

MLS® # 1097428

DREAM FINDERS REALTY LLC
Photo of Listing #1098199
New Listing

9729 Kline Rd, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,760 Sf

MLS® # 1098199

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY ATLANTIC PARTNERS ST. AUGUSTINE
Photo of Listing #1097714
New Listing

46 Great Pond Way, St Augustine

$299,900 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,503 Sf

MLS® # 1097714

RE/MAX UNLIMITED
Photo of Listing #1097856
New Listing

248 Sunshine Dr, St Augustine

$299,900 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,245 Sf

MLS® # 1097856

COLDWELL BANKER BEN BATES REALTY
Photo of Listing #1097412
New Listing

2243 West Aztec Dr, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,477 Sf

MLS® # 1097412

HOUSE AND HOME REALTY
Photo of Listing #1097327
New Listing

798 Copperhead Cir, St Augustine

$299,900 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,752 Sf

MLS® # 1097327

COLDWELL BANKER PREMIER PROPERTIES
Photo of Listing #1097034
New Listing

1921 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,808 Sf

MLS® # 1097034

eXp REALTY, LLC.
Photo of Listing #1097033
New Listing

1933 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,808 Sf

MLS® # 1097033

eXp REALTY, LLC.
Photo of Listing #1097032
New Listing

1919 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,832 Sf

MLS® # 1097032

eXp REALTY LLC
Photo of Listing #1095136

7230 Electra Dr South, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,458 Sf

MLS® # 1095136

REMI REALTY, LLC
Photo of Listing #1090254

1472 Marsh Rabbit Way, Orange Park

$299,900 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,777 Sf

MLS® # 1090254

HARRIS REAL ESTATE
Photo of Listing #1089751

13403 Short Rd, Jacksonville

$299,900 - 5 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,496 Sf

MLS® # 1089751

ONE REALTY CORP
Photo of Listing #1095428

2943 Algonquin Ave, Jacksonville

$299,000 - 2 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,260 Sf

MLS® # 1095428

STAGED TO SELL REALTY
Photo of Listing #1089062

10500 Collins Field Cir, Jacksonville

$298,990 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,933 Sf

MLS® # 1089062

ROUND TABLE REALTY

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Listing information last updated on March 6th, 2021 at 11:24am EST.