What First-Time Homebuyers Need to Know

Matthew Cook Maine
3 min readApr 10, 2023

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A first-time home purchase might be intimidating. But there are lots of tools available to get you going. Choosing the right loan type for your scenario is the first step. For buyers with poor credit ratings or little funds for a down payment, some lenders provide specialized mortgages.

One of the most critical steps in buying a home is getting a mortgage. It makes it possible for you to buy a house without having to pay a sizeable down payment.

Fortunately, there are a variety of services and goods available to aid first-time purchasers. These may include financial aid for closing costs, tax credits, and education.

For instance, Rocket Mortgage has a Fresh Start program to assist first-time homebuyers in improving their credit before submitting a mortgage application. Your chances of obtaining a reduced interest rate will increase as a result.

There are also other lenders who provide unique financing packages for first-time homebuyers. These mortgages frequently offer flexible down payment alternatives and may have looser requirements than conventional loans.

One of the most challenging things would be to save money for the down payment on your first home. According to the National Association of Realtors, a quarter of all first-time buyers report struggling to keep for a down payment because of rising rents, continuing student loan and auto payments, and inflation robbing their wages of all their purchasing value.

First-time homebuyers who lack a sizable quantity of money for a down payment do have options, though. You can fulfill your dream of becoming a homeowner without breaking the bank with the aid of federal and state down payment assistance programs.

The expenses you must pay to close on your mortgage are known as closing charges. They can range from 1% to 3% of the final cost and can differ by state.

When you apply for a mortgage, your lender will provide you with an initial estimate of closing expenses. A few days prior to closing, your loan disclosure will list these expenses.

Make sure to thoroughly go over your lender’s initial estimate and ask any questions you may have regarding any additional costs that appear on your closing disclosure. Mainly watch out for lenders who tack on extra “junk” fees that replicate already-existing ones or weren’t previously mentioned.

Although some purchasers may find it challenging to come up with the money to cover closing fees, they still need to purchase a property. Comparison shopping and negotiation might help you cut your closing costs in half or even get rid of them entirely.

First-time purchasers should take advantage of an inspection of the property because it is a crucial stage. They may close any gaps that could cost them thousands of dollars in maintenance in the future or surprise them.

A quality home inspector will examine the entire building for any potential structural problems or safety dangers that might not be apparent from the outside. The results of a professional inspection will be included in a thorough report.

Depending on the size and state of the house, a home inspection often lasts a few hours. Additionally, it will require getting up on the roof to check the plumbing, electrical outlets, and HVAC system.

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Matthew Cook Maine

When he's not driving or handling packages, Matthew Cook Maine is a part-time sales associate for Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties in Maine.