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What Not To Do Before Buying A House

What Not To Do Before Buying A House

7 things you may want to try and avoid during the home buying process

The home buying process can be an overwhelming time. Often, things you think may not be important during that process could actually effect you along the way. Here are 7 things to try and avoid along your home purchase journey, via KW!

  1. Don’t make a major purchase. This will change your credit score and possibly disqualify you from a mortgage.
  2. Don’t change jobs unless it’s absolutely necessary. A consistent work history is crucial to lenders.
  3. Don’t give earnest money directly to a For Sale By Owner seller.
  4. Don’t forget to switch utilities. Call the utility companies as soon as you have a contract.
  5. Don’t forget to get hazard insurance as long before closing as possible.
  6. Don’t ignore lender requirement. Be absolutely clear on what the lender requires and take care of it.
  7. Do go it alone. A reliable real estate professional will help you with all the details, including ones you didn’t think of.

Have additional questions or ready to begin the home purchase process? Request a contact from Team JWA, or give us a call today!


First Time Homebuyer Series Considerations

JWA First Time Homebuyer Series – Considerations

9 Considerations for First Time Homebuyer Home Research

So you’re ready to begin the search for your first home. These are exciting times! At Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates, we would love the opportunity to share in this time with you in helping you find a home that is just right for you. Below are 9 considerations when researching homes in the greater Athens GA area. Call today or submit a request for contact and we’ll walk you through each step! (Information via KW)

  1. Before you begin viewing properties, make a list of “must haves.” Consider location, style, age, amenities, etc.
  2. Don’t view too many properties in one day.
  3. When you find a property you like, visit it at different times of the day.
  4. Walk or drive past the property before going inside.
  5. Don’t be put off by interior decoration – it can be changed.
  6. Establish what’s included in the sale – land, furniture, appliances, etc.
  7. Ask why the sellers are moving.
  8. Determine the annual property taxes.
  9. Ask how much utility bills cost each month.