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When to Buy a Home: How You Can Make Sure You’re Ready

Purchasing a home is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime. This major decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you're thinking of when to buy a home; much thought should go into the process to ensure you find the right home, and more importantly, that you’re able to handle the responsibilities of home ownership. A lot of factors come into play when it’s time to buy a home. Here are a few things to consider when deciding if it’s the right time for you.

Are You Financially Stable?
When it’s time to buy a home, one of the most important things you’ll need is financial stability. You’ll need to have a good credit rating and enough money saved up for the down payment and closing costs. Additionally, many lenders will ask for proof of stable employment history to show that your income can be counted on. If there are issues with your credit report, repair them. You should be prepared to answer any questions about these issues, too. You’ll also need to have a solid savings plan for future repairs and emergencies.

Are You Ready to Commit to Long-term Residence?
Once you’ve made sure your finances are in order, you must consider the fact that whatever home you purchase you’ll be living in for a long period of time. Make sure the area is a good fit for you in both neighborhood and convenience. If you have children, check out the schools they would be attending. Are they a good fit for your children?

Are You Prepared for the Long Haul of Home Ownership?
Things can happen unexpectedly when you own a home. Are you prepared for emergency plumbing or electrical repairs? Do you have a rainy day fund for if the roof or sewer system goes? These are costly items and can add to the stress of home ownership. Also be aware of additional financial responsibilities, such as homeowners insurance and taxes.

Now that you've decided when to buy a home, you should do your best to curb the emotions that go along with purchasing. You may feel you’ve found the perfect home by its appearance only, but you must keep your financial stability and other factors in mind.

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