For many, buying a first home can seem like a far-away reality. With the constant stream of bills, debts to pay off, and other surprise expenses that most have to deal with regularly, it’s no wonder. But I’m here to tell you that your first home can become a reality much faster than you think.
Need some tips to make it happen? Check out these suggestions for preparing to buy your first home:
- Pay Off Debts. If possible, lowering or, ideally, paying off your debts as quickly as possible is key before buying a first home. This will not only free up cash for costs like mortgage payments or even a down payment, it will also make you more appealing to creditors when you are applying for a mortgage home loan and may lead to an offer with a lower interest rate.
- Make a Plan. When you’ve managed to pay off or significantly lessen your debts, it’s important to create a solid plan for how you’re going to achieve buying your first home. Map out what your price range will be and how far you have to go in order to get there, and start researching how to position yourself as a prime candidate for a home mortgage loan.
- Start Saving. Especially if you have just managed to pay off a significant portion of your debts, saving should be a top priority in your plan for buying your first home. And if you haven’t already been saving due to your debts, you might have to make a few sacrifices along the way to make up for lost time and resources.
- Live Frugally. As said above, part of increasing your savings for that first home requires sacrifices. If it’s a significant amount of money you need to save, this could mean limiting your spending habits to the essentials and forgoing things that qualify as luxuries. Before each purchase you make, push yourself to ask, is this a luxury or a necessity? Make purchasing decisions based on your answer.
All in all, these are simple steps, but they take serious motivation and self-discipline. If you can motivate yourself to pay off debt and start saving, you’ll be moving into your first home before you know it!