I am in the process of becoming a 1st-time homeowner.  I’ve been approved for a mortgage with a great fixed interest rate; because I’m getting a chunk of equity I won’t have to come up with a down payment; and I don’t even have to pay closing costs.  Plus my mortgage payment will be very affordable.  I got a great deal.

The decision to buy a home for the first time is a big one and once it is made the focus is usually on getting the paperwork and financials together to be able to apply for a loan.  Applying for a mortgage itself is a bit of an intimidating prospect.  And when we get approved for a loan our main focus is on what the monthly payment will be.  But in reality, the mortgage is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Owning a home for the first time will require an entirely new set of priorities that I have literally never faced before.  Perhaps the most important thing will be to expect and be prepared for the unexpected costs associated with owning a home.  There will be no super to call when the roof leaks, or the basement floods or the plumbing has a problem.  I will have to have the funds on hand, know who to call when I have a problem and how much I should reasonably expect a service to cost.  I will also have to be financially prepared for the things I should expect, such as property taxes, garbage and sewer fees, water and insurance.

Still, it’s a challenge I am excited about and I can’t wait to get the keys and step into the pride of home ownership!

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