November 20, 2017 | Bob Myers
As a renter, you have the luxury of choosing a place that meets your needs at the moment.​  Buying a home is a much bigger commitment, both in terms of finances and the length  of time you’ll likely live there.  When seeking out your first place – whether a house or condominium or anything in between – it’s important  to do your homework.
Here are 5 things to consider as you begin the process of purchasing your first place.
1. The growth possibilities. Shop for a place that  meets your current spaces needs, but also consider one that can adjust  to a changing household. A five-year plan may not pan out as you expect,  so think about possible life changes that could impact your need for  bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage.

2. What's under the hood. Your first place may not  come with many frills or luxury features – but all the basics should be  in good condition. Thoroughly inspect prospective properties. And before  any purchase is made, hiring a professional inspector is a must.  Your real estate agent can guide you through this key step.

 3. Know that no home will be perfect. Your first home may likely not be the perfect place. But make it the right one. Finding  the right home is often a matter of prioritizing. Make a list of “must  haves,” along with “nice to haves” and “not necessary to haves.” A  three-car garage is nice, but would you rather have a larger kitchen or  live in a good neighborhood? Only you can measure the importance of the  amenities you are looking for.

4. Consider ALL the costs of ownership. When you buy a home​,  you take on recurring costs you don’t have to worry about as a renter.  Look for a home that meets your budget in terms of full living costs –  mortgage, utilities, trash pick-up, sewage fees, homeowner's association  dues and other fees. Your lender doesn't take into account these costs  when approving your home loan. A good real estate agent can help you  calculate estimated monthly costs to determine the most appropriate  price range for you.

5. The lifespan of things. In addition to identifying  cosmetic and structural flaws before you buy, know what to expect from  the home's components. How long until you need to replace the roof,  appliances, furnace or carpet? Everything may be in working order now,  but all homes need these types of repairs at some point. Researching the  expected remaining life on large-ticket items can help you plan for the  future.

When you're ready to start the process of buying a home, I will be ready to help.

Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing in the Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at  301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.

                 
                       
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