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How to Save Money on Your Next Home Purchase

September 22 - The cost of a home is rising, but there are still ways to save money when making a purchase.

There are a few deep discounts on homes available right now. The best way to save money is to get the best price for you and avoid overpaying for upgrades. Here is a guide on how to save money on your next home purchase.

Do Your Research

Know what you can afford and what you want in a home before beginning to look at what’s available, and decide if you will refinance during the process. You may find it's more cost-effective to pay cash or increase your down payment to get what you want rather than refinance later.

Walk through the home with an agent and allow yourself plenty of time to research, so that you don't miss out on deals.

Set a budget. Establish a maximum size range, stick to it, and don't forget that some mortgage providers offer specialist mortgages. For example, is a great place for doctors to find mortgages tailored to them specifically.

Choose Your Location Wisely

Consider areas with lower prices but that still offer the amenities you desire. Cities and towns with lower prices are usually older, so they may have less construction and property values that need to be maintained with repairs.

Get a Mortgage Plan That Looks at Your Life

Check what type of mortgage you may qualify for before applying. If you are on a low income, getting a good deal may still be possible if you are willing to put in more money for the down payment or take out a second mortgage.

Make Sure You Know the Terms of Your Mortgage

Read the fine print carefully and take note of any conditions or fees involved with the mortgage.

You may find yourself underwater months later if you missed an important detail regarding your interest rate, expenses, or budgeting.

Size Matters

A smaller home will generally be less expensive than a larger one. Larger homes tend to cost more to heat, maintain, and insure. For example, if you want a 500-square foot studio, ask the agent which model is available so that you aren't surprised by what the sales price is.

Use a realtor. They are the experts and can help you find the right home for your needs and budget. They know what to look for in a home and can help negotiate with sellers on your behalf.

Think Long Term

If you plan on being in the home for many years, some additional costs initially may be worth it in the long run. For example, installing an energy-saving furnace over the cheaper, traditional models will be more expensive initially, but you will save money in the long run.

A new roof also goes a long way in helping to prevent leaks and eliminate mold problems. It is well worth the initial cost if you can do it yourself or are smart about the price you pay for it.

Start Saving For Upgrades

If you know that you want to make upgrades or improvements to your home, start saving money from day one. You shouldn't live with a home that needs repairs while financing upgrades at the same time.

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