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10 things you need to know when buying in Raleigh

10 things you need to know when buying in Raleigh

Kudos to Mortgage Professional Alan Morris for outlining some of the most important things a Buyer needs to consider when purchasing a home in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill areas of North Carolina.

Purchasing a Home is still one of the biggest investments most people will make in their lifetime. Why would anyone want to go it alone when there are professionals who do this on a daily basis and can guide them through the process?

As Alan pointed out below, you should Hire a Professional Real Estate Agent, an Experienced Mortgage Professional, and a Qualified Home Inspector to help you with the process. These folks will cover many things you need to secure a successful outcome when purchasing a home.

This would apply to New Construction Homes, Re-Sale Homes, Foreclosure Homes, Short Sale Properties, and other Real Estate in the Raleigh, Apex, Cary, and surrounding areas.

10 things you need to know when buying in Raleigh.

1. Find an experienced mortgage professional.

With all the recent changes in legislation, make sure your mortgage consultant is licensed in the state of North Carolina and has the experience to deliver.

2. Start by shoring up your credit.

Since you most likely will need to get a mortgage to buy a house, you must make sure your credit history is as clean as possible. A few weeks before you start house hunting, get copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you discover. Free reports are available annually at www.freecreditreport.com and www.annualcreditreport.com.

3. Aim for a home you can really afford.

The rule of thumb is that you can buy housing that runs about two-and-a-half to three times your combined annual salary. Speaking to your mortgage professional first will give you a much better idea.

4. Buy in a district with good schools.

In most areas, this advice applies even if you don't have school-age children. Reason: When it comes time to sell, you'll learn that strong school districts are a top priority for many home buyers, thus helping to boost property values.

5. Get professional help.

Even though the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings, most new buyers (and many more experienced ones) are better off using a professional agent.  We offer solid referrals to experienced agents who have your interest at heart.

6. Choose carefully between points and rate.

When choosing a mortgage product, you usually have the option of paying percentages of points -- a pre-paid finance charge -- in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you stay in the house for a long time -- say three to five years or more -- it's usually a better deal to pay the points. The lower interest rate may save you more in the long run.

7. Before house hunting, get pre-approved.

Getting pre-approved will you save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can't afford and put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Not to be confused with pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history.  We offer these free of charge.

8. Do your homework before bidding.

Your opening bid should be based on the sales trend of similar homes in the neighborhood. So before making it, consider sales of similar homes in the last three months. If homes have recently sold at 5 percent less than the asking price, you should make a bid that's about eight to 10 percent lower than what the seller is asking.  This is just a rule of thumb as your agent will make those suggestions for you.

9. Hire a home inspector.

Sure, your lender will require a home appraisal anyway. But that's just the lender's way of determining whether the house is worth the price you've agreed to pay. Separately, you should hire your own home inspector, preferably an engineer with experience in doing home inspections in the area where you are buying. His or her job will be to point out potential problems that could require costly repairs down the road.  Again, your real estate agent will guide you through this process.

10. Lock at the appropriate time.

Many times potential home buyers want to lock the rate at application.  Many times this is not the most advantageous way to go.  We offer a service called Rate Alert where we stay on top of the market all throughout the day.  By following trends and expert opinions we track the market, make the information available to you and allow you to lock when it's best for you, not the lender.



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Comment balloon 4 commentsCarla Freund • September 03 2011 12:36PM


Very good advice for prospective home purchasers.

North Carolina is one the favorite destinations for Maryland retirees.

Have an outstanding holiday weekend!

 Life is good!



Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Hi Roy, Yes, one of my best friends (whom I met since moving to NC) is from Maryland. We do have a lot of folks moving to North Carolina from Maryland. If you know of anyone moving to North Carolina, please think of me. I always look out for my clients, especially those who don't know the area well.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks Carla for the re-blog!  Sorry I didn't see that before.  Hope to see you at the next AR Meetup.

Posted by Alan Morris, Raleigh Durham Home Loan Pro - 919-906-1373 (Sierra Pacific Mortgage) over 7 years ago

Hi Alan - Thanks! I wanted to go the the last AR Meet up but, had something on my schedule I couldn't change.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 7 years ago

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