There’s no denying it: buying a house isn’t cheap. However, there is nothing that can quite match the excitement of buying a property, especially for the first time. At Blair Cadell we have a lot of contact with first time buyers who are looking to buy their first property in Edinburgh. Our experienced team are well-versed in handling the challenges facing you on your maiden property adventure. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Make sure that you can afford to meet the cost of a property by examining your available funds and disposable income. This will also give an idea of a realistic property price range as a basis to start your search for a suitable first home.
Don't forget about additional costs
Remember that the price of the house itself is not the end of the story: solicitors and estate agents must be paid before you can collect the keys to your new home. Therefore it is essential to account for these when working out the feasibility of affording a property. Equally, remember to factor in any other additional costs that may be applicable, such as removal costs.
Ensure that you calculate the likely monthly costs that will arise after moving into your new home: you must ensure that you are able to sustain the cost of being a homeowner. Experts suggest that you should be looking at spending no more than around '28% of your gross monthly income (GMI) on your mortgage, taxes and homeowners' insurance premium, and up to 36 percent on your total debt'. Additionally, be aware that interest rates may fluctuate.
Seek a 'Mortgage Agreement In Principle'
Before starting to search for houses seek a 'Mortgage Agreement In Principle', to ensure that the appropriate funds would be available to you if you find a suitable property. Shop around for lenders to ensure you are getting the best deal.
Compare house prices in the area
Take a look at the prices of properties in the area that you are looking to purchase in and in the surrounding areas. This will give an idea of reasonable asking prices. Research local amenities and the proximity of potential properties to key facilities.
Arrange a full structural survey
While a basic survey will generally be carried out as a matter of course as part of the mortgage valuation, it is well worth taking the time and paying for a full structural survey of the house that you are intending to buy. A full structural survey eliminates the risk of any expensive surprises after the keys have been handed over.
While the purchase of a house represents an investment, it is of vital importance to continue saving once you have moved in. Unexpected costs in repairs or in the replacement of items within the home are always a possibility, so it is necessary to have the funds to deal with these expenses when they arise. Set up an 'Emergency Fund' for your home so that ad-hoc costs don't catch you unawares.
At Blair Cadell we offer you impeccable service at a competitive price. We offer:
- Very competitive fees.
- Access in real-time to all of your sales activity on our bespoke software.
- Expert staff with many years of experience between them.
- Shortlisted in The Scottish Legal Awards for best estate agency.
- Awarded coveted Investors in People status for over a decade.
- We are a long-established Edinburgh Solicitors Firm and you will deal with the same professional people every time you call.
What are you waiting for? We are your local property experts.
Blair Cadell are a leading firm of Edinburgh solicitors dealing in a wide range of property, business, tax and personal legal matters.
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