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Buying your first home with your partner/spouse.

Consider these tips when buying your first home together:

1. Browse together and often.
When buying your first home, it’s almost impossible to spend too much time browsing together. Visit as many open houses and home tours as possible. Pore over listings on the internet. Figure out what each of you can and can’t live without in your next home.

It’s vital to discuss your preferences often. Try this exercise: Pick a room in your future home and separately make a list of your “must-haves” for that room. Compare your lists and talk about the similarities and differences. Figure out what compromises can be made so that you’ll both be satisfied homebuyers.

Most importantly: Be honest. Don’t hide your true feelings and preferences. If you’ve changed your mind about wanting a huge backyard, say so. Most homebuyers these days stay in their homes for nine years. You want those nine years to be comfortable and enjoyable, right?

2. Consider credit issues for BOTH of you.
Your bills are always paid on time. Your credit score soars in the upper echelon. How did you fall in love with someone with bad credit?

All VA loan borrowers and co-borrowers will be under close credit scrutiny by a lender. Credit scores for both borrowers have to measure up to the 620 minimum. Income, employment and debts for all borrowers will be analyzed.

If your spouse lags far behind you in creditworthiness, you might consider obtaining a loan in your name alone. This action involves some legal consequences that vary from state to state, so make sure to get a real estate attorney’s advice before proceeding.

3. Don’t overspend.
Buying your first home with your partner/spouse can be the most thrilling time of your life. You picture dogs rambling in your first backyard and kids pedaling bikes down the driveway.

Somewhere along the line, budgeting tumbles to the bottom of the priority list.

Don’t let a home bankrupt your family. Determine the mortgage payment that you can comfortably make each month and stick to that figure. Keep in mind that as a homeowner, you’re responsible for repairs and maintenance, which can also be costly. Maintain a reserve fund for repairs and keep a few months of mortgage payments stashed away in case of emergency.

4. Have fun!
If you and your spouse are not shopaholics by nature, you may need a little motivation to get your house hunt started. Pack a picnic basket full of goodies to enjoy during a day of house tours. Splurge on a dark chocolate mocha for your next meeting with your agent. Post pictures of your home tours online and ask your friends and family for feedback. Enjoying your time together is key to both a successful relationship and a successful house hunt!

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How to Search For a Home

Do you know how to refine your home search? Here are the main features to focus on.

Neighborhood: Consider your wants and needs. They vary by person, situation and family make up. Do you have children and need to live within the boundaries of a specific school district? Do you want a shorter commute to work, a neighborhood with historic homes, or a home near night life and restaurants?

Square Footage: How much space do you need? The average home in America is 2,195 square feet. Thirty years ago the average size of a home was 1,645. The trend has been for larger and larger homes, with special purpose spaces, such as exercise rooms, offices, studies, and media rooms. This trend is now receding.

Floorplan: Architectural styles offer a wide range of choices! Open floor plans might appeal to you, with their great flow for entertaining. You may have a more traditional aesthetic, preferring cozy rooms. Think about how you live your life and what style best fits your needs.

Finishes: There are different grades of homes. Take your kitchen, for example. You can find a wide range of beautiful laminate counters, just as you can find a wide range of beautiful granite ones. These choices dramatically affect price. Think carefully about what you want in your dream home. Do you want stone floors or will ceramic suffice? Are you looking for green building materials, such as zero-voc paint, bamboo floors, and recycled counters?

Amenities: Our homes extend past the borders of our property. We live in the parks, shopping, and restaurants that surround us. Be sure to think outside the “box” of your house when you buy.

Landscaping: A large yard can mean lots of entertaining potential, but it can also mean a lot of work. Be sure to consider your needs now and down the road when it comes to yard maintenance. Many buyers prefer a townhouse or condo as their “dream home”. These options afford buyers with much less responsibility when it comes to upkeep!

Be sure to discuss all of these topics with your real estate agent and to search for homes go to: www.rochesterhomesplus.com or call (585) 279-8200.