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Self Gloss: I'm A Homeowner At Age 21!  
User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4097 times:

I just bought a two Bedroom two Bath Condo in the Suburban Silverado Ranch Area of Las Vegas! I signed all the Title Papers on Tuesday (Which was the same day I graduated early from UNLV with a Bachelor of Science in Business) and just received my keys tonight.

Bring on the Cargo Bays and wish me luck!

For all of you living in the states and happen to be first time home buyers, I suggest taking a look at the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of $7,500 Dollar for Dollar. That combined with the depressed housing market makes for a great deal long term =)


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User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

Let me be the first one to say:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Hope it holds it value well which realistically can happen coz things are way down in the hole. These are probably the best time to buy, especially if its gonna be your primary residence.


User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4013 times:
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Congratulations on your graduation and buying your first house!

Whatever you do, don't mess up your credit! It's incredibly important nowadays, what with the sub-prime loan crisis and all.

Good luck!



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User currently offlineSpirtofalaska From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 192 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

Hey!!

That is fantastic news!!! Im super jealous, I've been looking to buy one too, but having a job in the airline industry is iffy right now... im afraid i'll lose my job, then be SOL when it comes time to pay my mortgage.

anyway, Good on you man! congrats!

enjoy your new purchase!



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User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 874 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

hmmmm.....

How much did you spend total?


Just curious.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17064 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Well congrats mate. Hope you will enjoy your house.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3677 times:

Congrats.Thats def a great achievement.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3659 times:



Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 1):



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 2):



Quoting Roadrunner165 (Reply 4):



Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):

Thank you for all the kind words! I am quickly finding out home ownership can be a blessing as well as a curse! As far as the resale value goes, I know I probably didn't buy at the bottom but I am pretty sure I am close. I plan on staying in the condo 5-7 years, so I'm not too worried about home prices right now.

Quoting Roadrunner165 (Reply 4):
How much did you spend total?

Approximately $4000 out of pocket after down payment and closing costs
I put 3% down with a purchase price of $87,500

This condo last sold in August 06 for $210,000
Condo was built brand new new June 2002 for approximately $106,000

I'm planning on using the New Home Buyer Tax Credit to pay down some principal, repaint a few rooms and maybe replace the flooring in the bedrooms. We'll see what happens.

Luckily unlike some of the Short Sale properties here in LV, this condo was in relatively good shape with all the appliances included as well as no significant cosmetic imperfections.

Here's an AP story featuring a little tidbit about my experience:

Quote:

Richard Reyes, a broadcast technician in Las Vegas, was among the homebuyers who wasn't put off by the financial crisis.

The 21-year-old began looking for a home last month and recently signed a contract for an $87,000 condo, which last sold in 2002 for $102,000, he said.

"When I saw the prices I did a double-take," Reyes said. "It's cheaper to buy than rent, almost."

In addition to falling prices, Reyes said he was spurred to buy now because of a temporary, $7,500 federal tax credit for new homebuyers enacted this past summer.

Still, Reyes has considered the possibility of a prolonged economic downturn and the risk he might lose his job like many other Americans.

"I have thought about that and I'm continuing to think about that," Reyes said. "I was able to work out the payments to be so low where I'm reasonably sure I can get a different position, maybe making less, and still be able to afford the place."




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User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

Congratulations, National757!!!

I should have you contact my cousin. His mother died and left him a home that's PAID FOR. He complains all the time, considering the house a drag (it's a beautiful house). HE would prefer to rent. You're 21 and know the benefits of buying. He's 30 and clueless!!!

Anyway, you got a good deal. Wow! $87,000. Definitely a good deal.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3592 times:
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Wow! That's cheap! And in Vegas? Damn, why am I still in Minnesota. I wanna move to Vegas, and that's a steal. Take lots of pics and post them here  Smile


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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6014 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3558 times:



Quoting National757 (Reply 7):
In addition to falling prices, Reyes said he was spurred to buy now because of a temporary, $7,500 federal tax credit for new homebuyers enacted this past summer.

How ironic. Let's put a tax credit in for those who buy houses, and then can't pay the mortgage! (Not saying that you can't.)

How many square feet, by the way?

I bought my condo back in '04, right before the prices REALLY skyrocketed here. I'm pretty lucky I did, too, as my upstairs neighbor paid $40,000 more than I did, and she earns much less than myself, and I right now and barely breaking even each month. I'm not sure how much the market value has fallen, though, as there haven't been any equivilant condos for sale for some time now.



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User currently offlineStratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Nice...I bet with all the foreclosures in LAS you can get some smokin deals on housing right now if you are in a position to buy.


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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3494 times:



Quoting National757 (Thread starter):
Bring on the Cargo Bays and wish me luck!

I wish you all the best. Now your next big aggressive personal goal should be to NOT be in foreclosure at age 23.



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3480 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 10):
How ironic. Let's put a tax credit in for those who buy houses, and then can't pay the mortgage!

With the way banks have been hoarding cash and tightening up their lending standards, I think the number of borrowers obtaining mortgages they cannot realistically afford is near zero.

In my case the relatively low loan amount, employment history, excellent payment history and responsible use credit across many different credit cards was enough for me to obtain a loan without a cosigner.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 10):
How many square feet, by the way?

1053 Square Feet

Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 12):
Now your next big aggressive personal goal should be to NOT be in foreclosure at age 23.

Nah, I will wait till age 24  Wink Thanks for the good wishes.



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3455 times:



Quoting National757 (Reply 13):
Nah, I will wait till age 24   Thanks for the good wishes.

Good work. What kind of a loan rate did you get?


User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3442 times:



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 14):
What kind of a loan rate did you get?

6% Like everything connected with the housing industry it seems, it was great at the time but now rates are even better down in the 5.2% range.

There is even talk about rates going as low as 4.5% as part of another stimulus package, which is just plain ridiculous. If the depressed home prices and First Time Homebuyer Stimulus program aren't reason enough to motivate buyers, surely this low fixed rate proposal will provided it ever passes.



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

Well done...and so young!!

Piece of advice for you...maintain the place well, make renovations when needed (and you can afford them), and when it comes time to sell you may even make a profit.



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User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3391 times:

Here in Australia first home buyers get a grant off the governments, usually , $7,000 which most people use for the deposit.

But due to this 'crisis' the government upped it to $14,000 for a home thats not brand new and if you build or buy a brand new home it's $21,000.


It's alot of money and a great helping hand for anyone wanting to buy, though house prices are still too high and hopefully they will drop a little more in the new year then i'll swoop in and buy my first home.



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3349 times:



Quoting National757 (Reply 15):
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 14):
What kind of a loan rate did you get?

6% Like everything connected with the housing industry it seems, it was great at the time but now rates are even better down in the 5.2% range.

There is even talk about rates going as low as 4.5% as part of another stimulus package, which is just plain ridiculous. If the depressed home prices and First Time Homebuyer Stimulus program aren't reason enough to motivate buyers, surely this low fixed rate proposal will provided it ever passes

That's about right for the amount you borrowed at the time you borrowed it. We bought our house in April and we put down 5 per cent and got a mortgage at 5.75. We're looking to refinance, the rate was briefly down to 4.25 early this week but like a fool I listened to my spouse and didn't make the call. Now it's at 5 per cent. If it goes below 4.75 we're going to refinance.

What's your electric bill like? All that a/c must cost a bundle.

It is a good feeling having your own crib, and all you gotta do is pay the mortgage. It's probably even better having the price come down to something approaching reality in your part of the world. We realized we'd been living in the same rental for 11 years, we'd paid the guy's mortgage all that time and he was not going to spend nickel one on it as long as we were there. Spending your money to improve your place is much more interesting because it''s yours.

We installed a 95 per cent efficient furnace during the summer and I'm looking forward to the next gas bill to measure the savings.


User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Congradulations. Good buy at a good time.

My buddy just bought a house where we went to college at in Michigan. He purchased it a few weeks ago at the price of $9,000! 2 story 3 bedroom 2 bath with back and front portch. It will take around $15,000 in repares for resale but it is mostly roof repare with some paint needing to be done. He is a home owner now just under 30 years old. He got to pay cash for it too which makes it better. Other houses are going anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000 in the town.



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User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

Allow me to be the skunk at the picnic in this thread.
Is it really such a great idea to be a home-owner at age 21?

What seems to make your deal so great is the low cost of money. What what happens when the mortgage rate goes up and you have to renegotiate?

Having a house kind of ties you down. If you change jobs a year from now, and move to another area, you have to deal with selling the house.

There are other expenses involved with home ownership like municipal taxes, house insurance, and utilities. I find that these things aren't insignificant, and even with our house paid for, the costs I mention above would probably preclude our keeping the house if we both lost our jobs and were facing long-term unemployment.

Both my wife and I know young people coming right out of college or university who had that "I don't want to pay rent" attitude. That is fine, but having a mortgage really cuts down on their disposable income. It is a little sad to see a young single adult so seriously committed financially.

I wish you the best of luck - I just hope everyone in your age group who considers this to be a smart move looks at all the angles.


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Good Job! , I have a good feeling that the market in Vegas will be one of the first to revive and come back when things swing up again. I am from the Wynn model of thinking , this is America and we will come out of this stronger than before.


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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3081 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 21):
I am from the Wynn model of thinking , this is America and we will come out of this stronger than before.

And probably leaner for having shed a lot of useless fat.


User currently offlineWN700Driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2898 times:



Quote:
There are other expenses involved with home ownership like municipal taxes, house insurance, and utilities. I find that these things aren't insignificant, and even with our house paid for, the costs I mention above would probably preclude our keeping the house if we both lost our jobs and were facing long-term unemployment.

Yup. I heard all kinds off yahoos telling me to buy over the last few years. Problem was that they were telling me "buy a house for the Bank." I'm almost thirty now, and have been a renter my whole adult life.

This doesn't bother me in the least, because in April, I plan on purchasing a drastically discounted townhome in Plano (those familiar with the DFW area know what kind of area that is) I will be able to do this, with my own money, because renting, and not being tied down allowed me to manage my own money more responsibly. I admit, I've gotten stupid lucky in the last few years (like the time I bought $25,000 worth of US Airways shares, at $1.98, & sold them at $9.10), but I've always had decent safety nets too (can we say WalMart!)

Don't get me wrong, it is great to own a home. But you really don't own it if you still have to pay a Bank. And since houses really aren't supposed to be investments (that's what actual investments are for,  Wink ) if you are ever in the position to buy outright, that's the only way to go.

National, seriously, congrats. A nice home in Vegas is a truly enviable thing, and 1000ft/sq should be just fine for a young sinlge.
But if you have a chance to pay more directly to principal, do it. Who ever told you 3% down was a good idea is need of a serious beating. Even at 6% fixed, that Bank owns you now. I'd rather pay alimony.


User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

FYI - I have been away on Vacation and have not had access to the internet. Did not mean to dodge the questions on this thread!

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 18):
What's your electric bill like? All that a/c must cost a bundle.

Not sure yet but come July it will surely cost a bundle. Probably set the AC to about 75 to save some $$$

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 18):
It's probably even better having the price come down to something approaching reality in your part of the world.

Absolutely. It was a bit disheartening to watch the price of homes appreciate so rapidly and knowing I would probably not be able to have my own place for a long time. Luckily home prices have fallen a bit closer to reality at the unfortunate expense of others including my own family living in Las Vegas.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 20):
Is it really such a great idea to be a home-owner at age 21?

Yes, for a mature person with stable employment. My friends often joke I'm 21 going on 40, so I feel I can handle the responsibilities that come with home ownership. Not to mention, I am willing to work another job to support myself if necessary although I do not anticipate needing to with my budget.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 20):
What what happens when the mortgage rate goes up and you have to renegotiate?

I have a fixed interest rate over 30 years. I shouldn't have to renegotiate when rates go up, should I?

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 20):
Having a house kind of ties you down.

Definitely. If I had plans to more to a different state, I obviously would not have made the move. I'm pretty secure where I live and the type of job I have is not one that would be transferred to a different city, so I'm pretty secure in that I won't have to worry about my employment moving to a different city. I also do not anticipate changing jobs, although anything can happen so I do see your point, there is risk involved but then again there are risks with just about every aspect of life. I'm comfortable with the level of risk I have undertaken thusfar, otherwise clearly I would not have made the move.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 20):
It is a little sad to see a young single adult so seriously committed financially.

One mans sadness is another mans joy. Both my parents are around to see me become a homeowner and graduate College and there is no price or amount of disposable income that can replace that.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 20):
I wish you the best of luck - I just hope everyone in your age group who considers this to be a smart move looks at all the angles.

Thank you for your good wishes and your reality check. I too hope others that see this consider all the angles prior to making the move to homeownership, regardless of their age group.

Quoting QXatFAT (Reply 19):



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 21):



Quoting WN700Driver (Reply 23):

Thank you for the kind words. Paying off the principal is certainly at the top of my 'To do' list, right after replenishing up my 6-month emergency fund.



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25 WellHung : Hold on a sec, home prices aren't "depressed", they are correcting from the ridiculous 30%-50% a year bubble appreciation. In most areas, home prices
26 WunalaYann : Great post. I wish more people had used the principles you enunciate more often.
27 LASOctoberB6 : I cannot wait to move OUT out this state. However, I do wish you luck....
28 StasisLAX : Very true - and any "special assessments" passed by the condo HOA to pay for major capital projects (new tile roofing on buildings, repair massive pl
29 Dougloid : Mr. Hung, you've got a good head on your shoulders there. I'm calling Mr. Obama right now to recommend you to some post that has clear thinking and a
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