Help With Buying A New Home - What To Expect and How To Prepare

One of the hardest and most stressful things a person will ever do is buy a new home, especially if it is your first home. There are so many things to consider and so much to do, it can be a huge task.
The good news is, you don't have to go at it alone. If you are using a real estate agent then the agent will help you from getting over whelmed. In fact all through the process of buying your home you are going to have people who will help you. Some will be behind the scenes and you may never actually meet them or hear from them, but their job is to make real estate transactions easier.
Even with all of this help though you will have a lot to consider and there is still a lot of stress. The number one stress factor is the investment. Your home is probably going to be the single largest investment you will ever make. Investing that kind of money is always stressful. Loan consultants can help take some of the stress away. Their job is to work with you and find a home loan that will suit your needs and keep you from going to far in debt. Paying a home loan off every month is not a great feeling, but struggling to pay off a mortgage payment because your lender let you take on more than you could afford is even worse.
The best advise I can give you is to do research. Find out what the real estate market is doing. Every city and every state have different market values on real estate so do your research in the area that you plan to buy your home in. Different sub-divisions and even different parts of a city will have an effect on the value of a home. If the price tag looks extremely high, don't bother with it. Find something that is priced reasonable and then make an offer. Don't be afraid to send in a low offer, even if you know it will not be accepted. This is part of buying real estate. Start low and work your way up to what you are willing to pay. By working the counter offers you can usually get a house at a much lower price then the listed price.
Do not be afraid to shop around, look at as many homes as you want and use as many real estate agents as you want. Once you find a house you are happy with then work out a contract. If you can't get it at a price your happy with, go on to another house, there is always more homes for sale.
When it comes time to finance your home, don't settle for any old loan. Make sure the lender is doing their best for you. Many loan officers at banks can only offer you so much, they only have a few loan programs to choose from. Mortgage brokers tend to stick with only a few lenders and they will push the ones that pay them the best. Make sure you know what loan your getting into. If your lender doesn't explain the loan to you fully, find someone else. You may think you have a good loan, get to the closing and discover your loan isn't what you wanted. This is the wrong time to figure out your lender has fooled you. Get all the information you can from your lender before you go to close the deal.