If you are thinking of buying a home, you might be confused about the many issues in the news from mortgage rates to mortgage bills in Congress.

   But the fundamentals of buying a home really haven’t changed and, in fact, there are new incentives on the horizon that should make home buying more attractive than ever.

   There are plenty of homes on the market in every price range and if you want one of them, you need only do what generations of people have done. You just have to pay attention to these basics:

   First, cultivate good credit by prudent living. Pay your bills and pay them on time. Use credit sparingly.

   If you do this, you’ll earn a good credit score, which is crucial to getting a good interest rate. Research shows that many consumers believe that they have to have a high income to have a high credit score, but that’s not true. In fact, income is irrelevant to your credit score. Your credit score is a rating based on how well you live up to your obligations, pay your bills and use your credit.

   Second, save money for a down payment. In the current climate, most lenders will ask you to bring some cash to the table in a mortgage deal.

   Third, find a house you love but can also afford.  One path to financial freedom is to buy a modest house and build equity. When you decide to move up, you can sell your house and take a large chunk of the money from the sale and apply it to your new home.  Your payment is lower while you live better. It’s the good, always-in-fashion way to live.

   Congress is also planning some incentives for new home buyers.  It appears first-time home buyers will get a tax credit of 10 percent of the purchase price of a home up to $8,000. That means in the year you purchase a new home, your tax bill could be reduced up to $8,000. However, the credit is not a pure gift.  Homeowners apparently will be asked to pay back the credit during a 15 year period.  Each year, they will be required to repay a little more than 6.5 percent of the tax credit. That’s just over $530 per year for an $8,000 credit.  Homeowners will not qualify for the credit if they sell the home in the first year.

   To be classified as a first-time homeowner, you must not have owned a home in the last three years.

When buying or investing in real estate the our priority is to help get you the best bang for the dollar on your purchase. We are on standby for you when your ready to get started, if you are ready go to my website at County Properties.