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Single and Thinking of Buying a Home?

Fewer singles are buying, thanks to crimped finances and tougher lending standards. Before you take the plunge, consider whether you’ll be able to handle the costs on your own.

Buying a home is hardly simple for anyone, but navigating the process can be particularly challenging for single buyers, who have only their own income to rely on to pay the bills. Tightened lending standards help explain why the percentage of single buyers declined slightly between 2010 and 2013: 16% of homebuyers were single females and 9% were single males in 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors, compared to 20% and 12% respectively in 2010. A weak job market and debt burdens also explain why singles have stayed away from the housing market, says NAR economist Ken Fears.

Banks are not allowed to discriminate based on marital status, but tighter lending standards can potentially pose a challenge to single buyers because they only have their own income to qualify for a loan.

Some of the tips below can make the process more manageable: Ask, can you really afford to buy?
Scrutinize your finances carefully and evaluate whether buying a home is even feasible. You won’t have help from a partner to pay the bills, and you don’t want to be “house poor.” Review your credit record, clean up any mistakes, and pay down debt.

Get Your Finances In Order Before Buying a Home

Be sure to consider all the recurring expenses associated with homeownership beyond the purchase price and mortgage closing costs. From association fees and property taxes to utilities and lawn care, the bills add up. Take into account maintenance and insurance when setting a budget.

Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

Save on mortgage costs with special programs
Singles getting a mortgage with only one income should look at FHA loans, which offer lower interest rates and require lower credit scores to qualify. First-time buyers, which includes those who haven’t owned a home for three years, can make a down payment as low as 3.5% of the purchase price. FHA loans require more underwriting and more documentation.

How Much Will Closing Costs Be?

Don’t house hunt alone
Buying a home is an exciting milestone. It’s also a major investment, so don’t let emotions cloud your decisions.

Plan for the future
As you search for homes, consider what happens if you find a partner, or have to relocate for a job,many singles have to move sooner than they expected because their life circumstances changed. Think about that possibility as you’re searching:

Homeownership is a big investment and a lifestyle change — so it’s crucial to make sure you’re financially prepared and have done your homework. It’s better to wait than to find yourself over-stretched after committing to the major purchase.

 

As  always enjoy!

Laura A Goldberg  REALTOR ABR,GRI,SFR,BPOR, SRES, E-pro,RSPS,MRP                       MRP_CMYK

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