Buying Your First Home? Keep In Mind the Settling Costs

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With the recent increase of activity in home sales, I thought this would be a helpful repost.  Buying your first home?  There are many settling-in costs that can sneak up on you very quickly.  Therefore, it is so important to know what to expect so that you can prepare and not over commit.  When you are looking at homes and trying to make your decision, think about what needs to be done.  You can even write them down in a notebook as you look at homes.  From window treatments to new appliances, it can all add up very quickly.  Since we have been in a buyers market for so long, depending on where you are, you may be in a position to negotiate some of this to offset some of these costs.  Just be realistic.  A seller may be willing to negotiate some but not all of your wish list especially in this down market.

Keep in mind realtor fees, inspection and closing costs.  These are crucial.  So just make sure you have the ample funds to get through the closing process.  You can hold off on some improvements but you can’t compromise on your closing costs.  For more great moving tips, visit


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