What Do I Need to Buy a House?

Homeownership has traditionally been part of the American dream. Deciding to buy property can improve your financial stability, build wealth, and give you an asset that appreciates in value with time. Aside from the monetary factors, owning a home gives you the privacy and freedom to customize and maintain your property however you prefer – making upgrades that fit your lifestyle and enhance your curb appeal.

If you’re new to the homebuying process or need to refresh your memory, you can use this guide to help you.

Is Homeownership Right for Me?

Buying a home is a significant commitment – not only to a long-term mortgage, but also to a community where you will spend time growing your family and getting to know your neighbors. To decide between homeownership vs. renting, ask yourself these questions.

Can I Afford to Buy Property?

Typical expenses associated with buying a home include a down payment, closing costs, insurance, a real estate agent’s commission, and a home inspection, to name only a few. You should have money saved well beyond your estimated monthly mortgage payment to cover these costs, plus any ongoing maintenance needs. Make sure you have thought through and budgeted for all these expenses before going to your bank to apply for a mortgage loan. To get the most favorable terms and interest rates, you’ll need to prove to a lender that you have a reliable income and a high credit score.

How Long Will I Stay on the Property?

If you have job security and are ready to start putting down roots in a community, it could be an excellent time to buy a house. Generally, if you expect to break even or make money on your purchase, you will need to live there for more than three years.

Depending on fluctuations in the real estate market, it can take time for a property to begin appreciating in value. Also, depending on your mortgage terms, not all the principal and interest payments will go toward the home’s equity during the first year or so of homeownership.

Why Do I Want to Buy Property?

Purchasing properties for other people to rent or reserve as a vacation home may be part of your long-term financial strategy if you are a seasoned investor. However, before you go this route, make sure you have a property management plan in place. For instance, if you don’t have the time, tools, or knowledge necessary to handle daily upkeep and any minor repairs that may arise, you will need to hire someone who can take care of these for you.

Complementing the Nashville Landscape

Legacy South homes complement different communities in Middle Tennessee, without ever deviating from the principles that guide our intentional design process. Our team is focused on delivering beautiful, functional, and welcoming properties that reflect their owners’ character. If you are ready to learn more about finding a home that’s unique to you and your lifestyle, please reach out to us today to start a conversation.

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