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Are you a first-time home buyer? Does the idea of buying a home stress you out? Whether you’re confident in your ability to do so, or you feel like you don’t know anything, it’s OK. We’re here to help you through the whole process so you can have a positive and easy experience. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for purchasing your first home.


Consider What You Can Afford 

Think about what you can afford in terms of upfront and monthly costs. You’ll need to have some sort of down payment and extra money to cover other upfront costs such as closing costs and fees. (CLICK HERE for some tips on saving for a down payment.)

You’ll also want to think about what you can afford once you’re actually moved in. Make sure your monthly mortgage payment is totally affordable. You’ll may also have other taxes and fees (for example HOA fees). You’re also now totally responsible when something breaks in your home. Try and have some cash saved away for moments like these.



Make sure your credit is looking up. Don’t open any new lines of credit or make any large purchases before applying for a loan. Getting a mortgage will be more difficult if your credit is suffering. 


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Get pre-qualified before you start looking for a home in earnest. This way you’ll know exactly what you can afford, and sellers will take your offers more seriously if you have an assured loan to back it up. 

CLICK HERE to get pre-qualified by our preferred mortgage lender – Sun American Mortgage Company. Or give them a call: 480-832-4343


first-time home buyer - realtorFind a Realtor

Finding a realtor who can help your search is important. You not only have someone there to help you throughout the whole process, but you don’t have to pay for their services (the seller pays both the listing and buying agent). It’s a no-brainer to have someone there to help you find exactly what you want. They’ll do it much quicker and easier that you would on your own.

With that being said, don’t just go with the first person you meet. Find someone you get a long with and you feel can really help you

Learn more about our real estate experience, and see if we’d be a good fit for you! CLICK HERE!

Or find us on Facebook and Instagram (@arnettproperties) to see what we’re about. Call us if you’d like to learn more about us. 480-415-5233


Start hunting

Decide what you want in a home. What do you need to fit your lifestyle? Make a list of your needs and wants.

Look beyond just the home – look at the neighborhood and think of your day-to-day living and how it will fit.

Think in the future as well. What will you need from a home in the next few years. And then think about the resale value as well for when you’re ready to move.


Are you ready to start looking at homes?! Let’s go find your dream home! 480-415-5233



If you want to learn about some financing options, or if you’re looking to get pre-qualified, contact Parker Turk at Sun American Mortgage Company: 602-616-3774.




Want some more tips for first-time home buyers? Check out these articles!

Bankrate: “5 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid”

Fox Business: “10 Tips Most First-Time Home Buyers Don’t Consider”

Investopedia: “Top Tips for First-Time Home Buyers”

USA Today: “5 Foolish Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make”

Bankrate: “11 Must-Do’s for the First-Time Homebuyer”

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