5 Ways to Save When Purchasing a Home

Purchasing a home involves a lot of additional expenses. It is easy for many homebuyers to overlook these expenses. It doesn’t matter what your budget is, it is important to take certain steps to save money when buying a house. At Belmares Properties, we have a few helpful tips for you to help make savings.

1. Get Positioned as Homebuyer

When buying a house, your credit score will affect your mortgage eligibility and interest rate. It is recommended to get started with your preparations well in advance with a focus on improving your credit score. Try to increase your credit score to 700 and above. 

2. Purchase Near an Up-and-Coming Area

If you are serious about saving money, you should consider buying a house close to an up-and-coming area. Chances are that you can find a better house with more amenities and features for a lower price. You can often save anything from 20% to 30% on the purchase price. Besides, the price appreciation rates are can be faster in such areas.

If you are adamant amount buying a house in a hot neighborhood, you can save money by considering a house that requires some work. You can then renovate your home gradually over a period of time. While allowing you to control the costs, this can also save upfront capital investment.

3. Negotiate Closing Costs

You can save money by negotiating the closing costs. It is estimated that closing costs account for 2% to 5% of the buying price. The different elements included in closing cost include:

  • Appraisals
  • Lender fees
  • Title fees
  • Escrow fees
  • Attorney fees
  • Pest inspections
  • Interest

And more. Most homebuyers don’t know that it is possible to negotiate these costs. 

4. Try to Avoid PMI

You will be required to pay for private mortgage insurance or PMI when your mortgage down payment is 20% or less. PMI can cost anything between 0.5% and 1% of the mortgage amount every year. If you can put up a larger down amount, you may be able to save on PMI.

If you cannot make a 20% down payment for a house, it is recommended to shop for lower-priced houses. 

5. Hire the Services of a Realtor

A realtor can bring knowledge and experience to the table that you cannot imagine getting any other way. Realtors are local market experts and can help save time and money and prevent potential hardships during the process. 

There are many more ways a realtor can help you than you can even imagine. It will become easier to find the perfect house. Such an expert can negotiate better on your behalf. 

Besides following these tips, it is recommended to time your purchase. The real estate market is always changing. Prices can go up and down at different times. There are times when the prices are quite expensive and others when the sellers find it difficult to sell their property because the market is flooded with properties. Besides, you can consider negotiating on the agent commission and shop around for insurance to help save money. 

If you need professional help in finding the perfect house in San Antonio, TX, feel free to get in touch with us at Belmares Properties. You can write to us or call us at (210) 877-0815.