Artie Lehl

The 3 Things Every Home Buyer Should Do Before Looking At Homes, with Artie Lehl – The First Time Home Buyer Podcast – Episode 61

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Artie Lehl is the Programs Manager at the Douglas County Housing Partnership, in Denver, where he is in charge of the Home Ownership Program, which provides education, down payment assistance and other resources to help first time home buyers purchase their first home.

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What is your biggest piece of advice you can give to someone trying to buy their first home now

  1. Do a budget, a written one, with all your expenses and income so that you know how your money is coming in and out. You should do this before you talk to a lender.
  2. Know your credit score and see if the information is correct of if you need some credit repair (you can check your credit report from the main 3 bureaus for free at https://www.annualcreditreport.com . You can also access more detailed information and recommendations by signing up to http://www.myFICO.com). If you need to repair your credit, get in touch with a non-for-profit credit repair professional.

What have you seen are the top mistakes homebuyers make? How can they avoid them?

  • The first mistake is not having an agent, because you should be represented by a professional and it’s not going to cost you anything (the seller usually pays for their commission). The second top mistake though is having a bad real estate agent!

What could help first time home buyers save time and money?

  • Down payment assistance can help you. You can see the assistance you can access to in this website.

How can first time home buyers choose the best professionals to work with?

  • Check their ratings and interview them. Make sure you like them , that they have time for you, and that they help first time home buyers

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Is there anything we can do for you?

  • Be an intelligent and informed first time home buyer. Get educated. Come to a HUD counseling agency early on.

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