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How to Find Your Price Range When Buying a New Home

Buying a new home is an exciting and rewarding process, but it can also be challenging and stressful. One of the most important decisions you need to make is how much you can afford to spend on a house. If you choose a price range that is too high, you might end up stretching your budget and compromising your financial goals. If you choose a price range that is too low, you might miss out on some great opportunities and settle for less than you deserve.

So how do you find your price range when buying a new home? Here are some tips to help you:


Get your team together

One of the first things you need to do when embarking on your mortgage journey is to talk to a Mortgage Professional that you trust. This is where we come in. In order to avoid heartbreaks, disappointments, and disillusion, we will sit down with you and go through pre-qualification/pre-approval process which lets you with accuracy how much you can afford, as well as identify any particular areas of your financial profile as a homebuyer that you may need to work on. This process will help in creating a blueprint of what you need to do to help achieve smooth sailing from the moment we qualify you for the loan to closing.

Soon after you have a lender in place, another important member of your team that you will want to seek out is a trusted Real Estate Professional or Realtor ®. Given what you will know about pre-qualification amount, you can safely and confidently go shopping.


Use an affordability calculator.

Online mortgage calculators can provide a lot of valuable insight when estimating how much house you can afford based on your income, debts, down payment, and other factors.

Click here to visit our Mortgage Calculators page, to experiment with numbers, customizing your payment details and see how different scenarios affect your budget. You can also compare different mortgage options and rates to see how they impact your monthly payments and total costs.


Compare list price to sales price ratios.

The list price is the amount that the seller asks for the house, while the sales price is the amount that the buyer actually pays for it. The difference between the two is called the discount or premium, and it reflects the market conditions and the seller's motivation. You can ask your real estate agent to provide you with a history of the past six months or more of sales activity in your targeted area, and compare the original list price to the final sales price of similar homes. This can help you determine how much room there is for negotiation and how competitive the market is.


Determine seller motivation.

Some sellers are more willing to lower their price or accept a lower offer than others, depending on their situation and goals. For example, a seller who needs to relocate quickly, who is facing financial difficulties, or who has already bought another home might be more motivated to sell than a seller who is not in a hurry or who has sentimental attachment to the house. You can try to find out why the seller is selling and how long the house has been on the market, and use this information to gauge their level of motivation and flexibility.


Examine market temperature and days on market.

The market temperature refers to the balance between supply and demand of homes in a given area. A seller's market is when there are more buyers than available homes, which means that sellers have more power and can get higher prices. A buyer's market is when there are more homes than buyers, which means that buyers have more choices and can negotiate better deals. A balanced market is when supply and demand are roughly equal, which means that prices are stable and fair. You can look at indicators such as the number of homes for sale, the number of pending sales, the average time it takes for a home to sell, and the ratio of list price to sales price to determine the market temperature in your area. Generally, a lower days on market (DOM) means a hotter market, while a higher DOM means a cooler market.


Finding your price range when buying a new home is not an exact science, but it can be easier if you follow these tips and work with a professional real estate agent who can guide you through the process. Remember to be realistic, flexible, and informed, and you will be able to find a home that suits your needs and budget.



We hope this article was of value to you. For more great tips, bookmark our site and for all your mortgage needs, visit the A Team at TMFFMS.


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