Helpful Home Buying Tools and Tips

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Buying a home can be a scary adventure if you aren’t well prepared. The worst thing you could do is make a terrible investment, which could cost you thousands of dollars to get out of. In order to avoid that type of situation, there are some things that you can do ahead of time before signing the dotted line for the property. With the right education, you can easily find a good home and a good deal in one piece of real estate.

Here are some tips to help you along the way:

Comparison shopping is popular in car insurance, but it should be just as popular in real estate. When you’re going to buy a home, you need to not only looking at a variety of houses themselves, but also a variety of locations. Some places are more sought out than others and therefore have more valuable property. Some cities offer less expensive property because of a remote location. Whatever the case may be, if you look into different areas and shop for specific properties in each, you’ll be far more likely to make a sound investment decision.

To make sure that the house is right for you, you need to make sure that it is safe to live in and that you can afford it. Have a home inspector come in and assess the property for damages. Often foundation, plumbing and roofing issues hide from the un-trained eye, but an inspector can bring those hazards to the front of the line. The inspector may also be able to tell you what you may spend in repairs so you know not to get involved with something that is too much of a burden. You could easy open a can of worms that would eat right through your wallet if you invest in a house that has too many problems.

In terms of whether or not you can afford the home you are trying to buy, you can look into using a real estate loan calculator to see what your monthly payments would be on the property. Note that the higher down payment you make, the less you’ll have to pay in monthly installments. Also check with the utilities provider for your area to determine how much it may cost to keep the house running. Make sure there is adequate insulation in the home so your energy bill doesn’t get too high. Then set out your monthly budget and see if the house is right for you.

Some helpful information about Columbia SC.

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State Flower Yellow Jessamine
State Bird Carolina Wren
State Songs "Carolina" and "South Carolina On My Mind"
State Fruit Peach
State Tree Palmetto
State Stone Blue Granite
State Gemstone Amethyst
State Dance The Shag
State Animal White-tail Deer
State Fish Striped Bass
State Beverage Milk


Average Monthly Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


January 32.1 - 55.2
February 34.4 - 59.2
March 42.1 - 68.1
April 49.5 - 76.6
May 58.3 - 83.5
June 66.1 - 89.0
July 70.1 - 918
August 69.4 - 90.2
September 63.3 - 85.3
October 50.1 - 76.5
November 41.5 - 67.7
December 35.0 - 58.8

Average Annual Precipitation: 50.14 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 1.89 inches
Average Chance of Precipitation: 29.5%
Average Percent of Sunny Days: 63.6%

Data from the National Weather Service