Home Buying – 3 Money Saving Secrets
Home buying is about getting the right home for you, but it can’t hurt to save a few thousand too. Do you know the basic ways to do that?
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Home buying is about finding the right house, and this includes getting the right price. There are five basic ways to buy a home for less. Here are three of them.
Home Buying Secret – Buy In Inexpensive Towns
Yes, there are still inexpensive towns that you might actually want to live in. In fact, there are still towns in this country where you can see a good movie, put the kids in a good school, go shopping, enjoy nearby natural beauty, and buy homes for under fifty thousand dollars. My wife and I bought a beautiful little home with hardwood floors, a full carpeted basement, and a garage, in a pretty mountain town, for $17,500, in 2002. You can still get homes for under $35,000 there.
What you can’t find easily there, is a good job. These towns with the cheapest homes usually have a bad job situation. They are great places to retire to, or to move to if you have a business or profession that isn’t location-dependent. Writers and internet entrepreneurs are beginning to discover them.
This may not work for you, of course. If you already have determined where you will be living, or if you need a town with high-paying jobs, try the following ways to save money.
Home Buying Secret – Buy Inexpensive Houses
One way to save when buying a home is to find a less expensive alternative that still fits your needs. This can mean buying in the inexpensive parts of town, or buying the inexpensive types of homes. Don’t set your mind on one type of home or one neighborhood before you know what all the alternatives are.
This isn’t about buying a cheap dump to save money, or buying in a dangerous part of town. It is more about a philosophy of defining your true needs so you can find the least expensive way to meet them. You may be surprised at what is available for less.
Home Buying Secret – Negotiate A Lower Price
No matter what you buy, you can save a lot if you know a few basic negotiating techniques. You’ll find easy-to-learn techniques in any good book on negotiating. Is it worth a few minutes reading and an hour or two of practice to save thousands of dollars?
There are simple negotiating techniques that are used by the masters of negotiation. They are used in all areas of business and real estate. You don’t need to become a master, though, to knock a couple thousand off the price of that next house. In fact, a little knowledge goes a long way in home buying.