Buying a house for the first time can be a daunting process, but it shouldn’t have to be! Long, detailed, step-by-step advice can make you feel even more overwhelmed and unsure about the process. Let’s keep it short and sweet with two simple steps you need to take when buying a house for first time:
- You have to be motivated to buy it!
- You need to move!
Incentives To Move
The whole ordeal can be stressful and especially during these times, it is important to remember why you want to move. Consider your motivation for the move. Consider your incentives. Of course, this can deviate drastically from one individual to the next, as your motive is often for a personal reason. Do you have children and want them to be able to be safe while playing in a large backyard? Are you tired of renting and finally want the security and comfort of having a place to call your own? Your motive and the prospect of being so close to your end goal may really help you through this taxing process, not only making it a little more bearable, but also keeping you sane.
Make Your Move
It’s one thing to have the motivation to move or the internal drive to make a change, but another to actually take that step forward to execute on it! Create your plan to buy a home, then buy it. Perhaps you have reasons that are hindering or delaying you from taking the next step forward – are these reasons truly valid or are you using them as an excuse or a “crutch”? If the latter, consider why you may afraid or intimidated to make that purchase…
It may be a good idea to take the same approach to overcoming your fear of buying a house as you would take to overcoming your fear of something else! Often, what may be perceived as fear of buying a first house is actually just fear of the unknown. Because the process is unfamiliar or foreign to you, you may panic and think that you could made a bad decision or that you will be taken advantage of. Here’s what you do:
- Grab a pen and a piece of scrap paper. Close your eyes. Thinking about the house you want, picturing it in your head. Then write about it!
- What are you most excited about?
- What will your house look like?
- Make a list of pros and cons of buying a house, and write out your goals and plans for your future house. This may help in solidifying your incentive.
- Gather your resources, such as books, magazines, or online articles, to educate yourself and be informed!
- Consider even taking a homebuyer course!
- Take some time to discuss with friends or family members who have previously bought houses and use their personal experiences to learn. If they had a positive experience, perhaps ask them to recommend their real estate agent to you for your own search.
Now that you have an idea of what you want, you’re well informed about being a buyer, you have your support network to lean on and give you advice, and an expert in the field on your side… You’re ready! You’ve got this.