How Do I Invest For My First Home

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How Do I Invest For My First Home?


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Buying your first home may be too overwhelming. There are a lot of facts to know about and things to
consider before finally making a decision. And it’s not just any simple decision to make. It’s one that will
affect your life entirely as your home will be your shelter for the rest of your life, or at least most of it.



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Stock Market, Investing, Home Ownership, First Home, Options, Risk Assesment



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Buying your first home may be too overwhelming. There are a lot of facts to know about and things to
consider before finally making a decision. And it’s not just any simple decision to make. It’s one that will
affect your life entirely as your home will be your shelter for the rest of your life, or at least most of it.


Thus, once you have decided that you will be buying a new home, you have to do your homework. Research
on the things you have to know about buying a house. Learn the ins and outs of the housing market so you
will not be easily fooled by the people you deal with. Remember, these people do everything for them to
earn a lot. They can entice you so much into buying in an impulse. So it would be better if you have some
knowledge about what you’re getting into.


Other than the research work, the most important thing you have to consider if you want to buy your first
home is where to get the funds to pay for the house. There are several ways that you can do to start saving
up for your first home.


If you have a Roth IRA account, you can use that to save for your first home. If you qualify as a first-time
home buyer and planning to purchase a home not less than five years from now, you can avail of the five-
year plan of Roth IRA. This plan allows you to withdraw your earnings before age 59 ½ without paying any
taxes, penalties or charges.


Another way is through personal savings. This has been an old and tested method of saving for anything.
And it requires strict discipline and commitment. If you are earning a regular salary, you might want to
consider having the bank automatically deduct a certain percentage of your salary once you receive them
and transfer it to your own savings account. This way, you will not be tempted on spending all your salary
and forget about saving. Also, you should try to avoid making frequent withdrawals with your savings
account. The reason you opened it is so you can save for something that you want, like a home. As much as
possible, try to gain access to your savings account only when there is sufficient funds to pay for the home
you wish to buy.


When you are thinking of buying a new home, try to determine your target date. If you plan to purchase a
house 2 years from now, or less, then putting your money in more conservative investment tools is the way
to go.


However, if you are not planning to buy until five years from now or even more, then you can be more
aggressive and start investing on higher yielding investments which tend to perform better over a long
period.


Try to also look for some assistance. According to a survey done by the National Association of Realtors,
23% of first-time home buyers get their down payments as gifts from relatives or friends. However, if this is
not possible for you, there are banks, charities and local government institutions that provide assistance to
first-time home buyers. There are some that offer to lend 3% of the purchase price as part of the down
payment. This borrowed money can be paid when the buyer refinances or pays off the loan, or sells the
home.


Also, it is always a good practice to keep your bills updated to improve your credit rating. Having a good
credit report lowers the interest rate charged on your mortgage. As early as possible, try to clean up your
finances so when the time comes that you will apply for a mortgage, you won’t have to deal with higher
interest rates.


Buying your first home requires a lot of preparation. This is not a simple investment to make. The decision
to buy a home is something that will affect you for the rest of your life so better be prepared as early as
possible.




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