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New York City First-Time Home Buyers Handbook - Elika

New York City First-Time Home Buyers Handbook - Elika

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The Elika Associates First-Time Home Buyers Handbook provides essential insider information on purchasing Manhattan Real Estate and is a comprehensive guide, providing details on everything you will need to successfully achieve this milestone.
The Elika Associates First-Time Home Buyers Handbook provides essential insider information on purchasing Manhattan Real Estate and is a comprehensive guide, providing details on everything you will need to successfully achieve this milestone.

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Home Buyers Handbook
 New York’s Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Brokerage
26 Broadway, Suite 1608, New York, NY, 10004. T: 212-590-0540 F: 212-590-0549 www.elikaassociates.com
© Copyright 2009 Elika Associates, All rights reserved.
 
26 Broadway, Suite 1608New York, NY, 10004T: 212-590-0540F: 212-590-0549www.elikaassociates.com
Contents
Section Index
Advantages to owning your own Home...............................................Tips for first-time Homebuyers………………………………………………………...Tips for first-time Homebuyers
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………………………………………..Eight Simple Steps to getting your finances in order ………………………..Budget Work Sheet Example…………………………………………………………….How to improve your Credit……………………………………………………………..What affects your Credit Score…………………………………………………………Your Property Wish List…………………………………………………………………….Tips for finding your ideal Neighborhood………………………………………….Buying in a tight Market…………………………………………………………………...Pros and Cons of Condos………………………………………………………………….Why you need a Real Estate Agent…………………………………………………..Questions to ask when choosing a Real Estate Agent
 
……………………...Preparing to purchase a Home…………………………………………………………Purchasing Timeline…………………………………………………………………………Purchasing Timeline
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…………………………………………………………How much Mortgage can I afford?…………………………………………………..Common first-time buyer mistakes………………………………………………….How high-tech Is the property?………………………………………………………..How comprehensive is your home warranty?…………………………………..10 Questions to ask the Condo Board………………………………………………10 Questions to ask your Lender……………………………………………………...10 Things a Lender will need from you……………………………………………..Alternative ways to afford a Home ………………………………………………….Variables that will affect your loan……………………………………………………Understanding Homeowners Insurance…………………………………………...How to lower your Homeowners Insurance costs…………………………….Understanding Title Insurance………………………………………………………….Negotiating……………………………………………………………………………………….What to lookout for on a final walk-through…………………………………….Common Closing Costs for Buyers…………………………………………………….Condo Closing Costs………………………………………………………………………….Co-Op Closing Costs………………………………………………………………………….Closing Documents…………………………………………………………………………..Tips - Packing like a Pro…………………………………………………………………….Understanding Agency……………………………………………………………………..Important New York City phone numbers………………………………………Useful New York City websites………………………………………………………….34567891011121314151617
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26 Broadway, Suite 1608New York, NY, 10004T: 212-590-0540F: 212-590-0549www.elikaassociates.com
Advantages to owning your own home
1.
Tax breaks
. The U.S. Tax Code allows you to deduct the interest you pay on a mortgage, property taxes andmany of the costs involved in buying your home.
2.
Gains
. Between 1998 and 2002, in the U.S. national home prices increased at an average of 5.4 percent annually.While this is no guarantee of appreciation, a 2001 study by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
®
foundthat the average homeowner has approximately $50,000 of unrealized gain in their property.
3.
Equity
. The money you pay in rent every month you will never see again. A mortgage payment allows you tobuild equity in your home, which you may be able to borrow against in the future.
4.
Savings
. Building that equity in your property is like an unseen savings plan. If you decide to sell your home youcan generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
5.
Predictability
. Unlike rent, your mortgage payments should remain steady over the years. You may even findyour housing costs decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that insurance and property taxcosts are subject to frequent change.
6.
Freedom
. This is your own property. You may decorate and improve it as you see fit. You have the freedom todo with your property as you please, possibly adding to the value of your investment over time.
7.
Stability
. Living in one neighborhood for a number of years gives you a chance to establish you and your familyin a community, offers your children the benefit of educational continuity and allows you all to establish rootsand lifelong friendships.To calculate whether renting or buying is the best financial option for you; use this calculator courtesy of Ginnie Mae:
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