What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers?

Dated: June 8 2022

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What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers?

What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers? | MyKCM
A good portion of my clients are 1st Time Home Buyers.  If you’re looking to buy your first home, you’re likely balancing several factors. Because both mortgage rates and home prices have risen this year, it costs more to buy a home than it did just a few months ago. But that doesn’t mean you have to put your plans on hold.

If you partner with a trusted realtor who can help you strategize, you can navigate today’s market and find the home you’re looking for. Here are two tips I tell my clients and hopefully it helps you get started.

Work with a Professional To Prioritize Your Wish List

If you’re having trouble finding a home in your budget that checks all the boxes, it may be worth taking another look at your lists of what you want and what you really need. According to the latest First-Time Homebuyer Metro Affordability Report from NerdWallet, your wish list can have as much impact on your search as your finances:

“Your budget isn’t all that you need to be concerned about; your wish list and desired location may carry just as much weight.”

It’s all about prioritization. If you’re serious about purchasing your first home soon, be flexible in what you’re looking for to open up your pool of options. Partner with a local real estate professional to better understand what’s available in today’s market and reprioritize your wish list. Remember, making a concession now doesn’t mean you’ll never have everything on your list. After you’ve moved in, you can always add certain features to make the home your dream home.

Increase Your Search Radius To Consider More Locations

Some areas may have more homes within your target price range than others, but it may require you to be flexible on your location. For example, if you work from home, you may be able to expand your search radius. As Fannie Mae explains:

“. . . continued remote work flexibility is likely giving many the ability to live farther away in more affordable areas.”

The decision to search in places with a lower cost of living could help you find a home that fits your budget and checks the most boxes off your wish list.

Bottom Line

If you’re serious about purchasing your first home this year, revisiting your wish list and desired location can help. If you are looking to buy in or around the Bel Air, MD area, let’s connect to explore all the options in our local market – and beyond – so you can achieve your homeownership dreams.

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Leigh Kaminsky

Buying a home is a major life experience. That is why I am dedicated to providing the best possible service to all of my clients. I take great pride in the lasting relationships that I have built duri....

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