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28th February 2019
Overcome those house buying jitters

The process of buying a house for the first time, or even the second time, can be daunting and fraught with stress, unrest and anxiety. And according to Your Move, these are the things that buyers worry about the most - along with advice about how to overcome those house-buying jitters:

42% worry about not being accepted for a mortgage – so seek some professional advice

It seems that a big concern for new buyers is the dreaded question of whether or not they’ll get accepted for a mortgage. The key to this is to seek some professional advice. An experienced financial consultant will be able to take you through everything you need to better your chances of being accepted so you can buy a new house. This can be everything from how to increase your credit score to taking you through the different types of mortgage rates available.

25% worry about having nightmare neighbours – introduce yourself and visit the area

An additional reason why people worry about buying a house is whether they will like their new neighbourhood or if their direct neighbours will be considerate and open to them moving in. There are a few things you can do here:

1. Drive by – if there is a property you’re interested in, go and drive by to see it from the outside and drive down the nearby streets to get a really good feel for the neighbourhood.
2. Go at different times of day – we’d also suggest visiting in the evening to assess traffic noiseand t also whether neighbours are considerate in the area later in the day
3. Introduce yourself – Once you’ve had an offer accepted, why not go and knock on your neighbour’s door and say hello? This will definitely calm your nerves if you have built up a good rapport with the neighbours and know they are friendly before you move in.

17% worry about not being able to afford a house in the right area – questions to ask yourself

Everyone has an idea of where they would like to buy a property and sometimes that comes with a nasty stretch to the purse strings. However, there are three things you can check to try and make you feel you less anxious about this:

Are you willing to compromise?

Sometimes once you properly explore the different areas available, you might find that you are willing to compromise on your new house’s location. Why not explore local areas close by that might have slightly lower house prices? You might find you are pleasantly surprised by their amenities and you could see yourself living there.

Are you willing to wait?

If you are set on where you want to buy a house, then you need to ask yourself if you are prepared to wait a little longer until you buy in order to save more for your deposit. Alternatively, have you thought about a Help to Buy scheme? This may help you in your saving efforts and you can use our budget planner to calculate how far or close you are to your goal.

Are you willing to take on a project?

Another way of overcoming concerns about your new house’s location is by considering the renovation option. Houses that are in need of a little work often come with a lower price tag so check whether you have the money, or would be willing, to renovate a house in your desired area. This could be a win-win because you can make the house your own - and increase the property’s value!

All stats from Your Move research, February 2019. Facebook poll question ‘What worries you the most about buying your first house?’

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