Owning a home is a dream for most of the Americans. And why it won’t be? After all, the feeling of ownership is incomparable than to being a renter. Home purchase brings self-esteem and status to your name. And most importantly if you choose a right property then it might turn out to be the best investment you will ever make with your hard-earned money. But many people don’t know that they can save a bunch of cash by just being wise and with little hustle. To make things easy all you need to do is follow these basic rules.

Buy only what you need and not what you want

Everyone loves to own big house although they might not need that big of a house. There is nothing wrong buying a house bigger than your needs if you can afford it, but it is stupid to buy something which you cannot afford. It will ultimately bring more stress than joy. The smaller the house you will buy the less it will cost, so only look for what you need and what you can afford, it will narrow down your choices and will help you make better comparisons. Henceforth, there is a high probability that you will end up making better decision.

Do your homework and look for house availability online

Once you know what you need then start looking online for the options available for you. In today’s world, you will find almost every available house listed online in one or another website. Look for the locality of the house, its neighborhood, the commuting distance from your workplace and try to evaluate the future price of the house which must give you better returns. This will narrow down your choices further.

Find cheaper deals, offers, or specials

There are few home companies which take special care of their potential home owners and provide special offers and incentives which saves a bundle on house purchase. Look for those houses as even a small offer with few percent off on the total mortgage value will make a huge difference on your pocket.

Look for house which will need a little fix

With all the houses listed as available, most of them will look perfect but somehow you need to find a house which needs a little fix, like new carpet or paint, something which won’t hit your budget hard and in fact it needs to be something you can fix by yourself as per your customization. It will be the point of negotiation for you where you can ask the current owner to reduce the buying price of the house. As now, there are some expenses associated with it, which you won’t pay eventually but you shall not mention this to the seller. 

Be observable and attentive during home inspection

As mentioned above, you will always need something to hold on, for negotiating the selling price of the house. That’s why do not blindly follow the home inspection report as there are chances they might miss something which you won’t. Be alert and attentive while the home inspection and let the seller know about the changes needed to be settled before buying the house.

Negotiate hard Don’t rush things

Once you know that you some room for negotiation then don’t be shy to negotiate hard with the seller of the house. It is your money and you have every right to get the best value for your money. Don’t worry, nobody will kill you for negotiating hard. And if you feel like that there is no scope of negotiation and the asking price is more than what you are willing to pay then don’t decide in rush. Look for more available options and see if you can crack a better deal than the one you have in front of you.

Work smartly to keep up that credit score

Once you are done with selecting the house, inspecting the same, and happy with the buying price then it is time to pay for the down payment and like most of the American’s, you might also hoping for a loan money with lower interest rate which is dependent on your credit score. Let’s take things little backwards. In US, every lender look for your credit score before lending you money and the interest rate will be decided based on your credit score as well. So, it is very important that you take better care of your credit score. And keep it high by paying the credit card bills before due date and do not fall into the category of those who fail to pay on time.

Do not settle for the very money lenders quote

Now when you know what you want to buy and you have decent credit score, it is time to look for the best money lender you can find for yourself. One with less headache, good name and lowest interest rate. Usually people do not want to hustle and settle with the quote offered by the first money lender they approach to. Be not one of those and instead reach out to multiple money lenders and different quotes and select the best out of those which won’t hurt your future savings much.

Study the market and pick the best time to purchase

Timing plays a very important role when looking for a good deal. Be it a car or house, there is an observation that the end of the month is the best time for home purchase as the sales people are desperate to hit their month end targets. And it is a well-known study that most of the best deals are cracked in winter, end of December. When the sales are slow and sellers are ready to take a hit, and sell the house at lower than expected price. To save some more money look for house which is available in market for long time as the seller of the same will be desperate to sell more than anybody else.

Hope these rules/tips help you save some money on your next home purchase.

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