Patterson Realty
Janice & Richard Patterson

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Are you thinking about buying a home and just don’t know where to start? Before you even begin looking at homes, consider how much you may need to save to make the process as smooth as possible for you, especially in the long run. While there are situations where you don’t need a large down payment for a home, having one can save you money down the road. 
Saving for a down payment is slightly different than other large savings, like retirement. With those savings, you can set aside smaller amounts or invest the money. Because you will need your down payment sooner rather than later, those saving methods won’t be beneficial to you. Here are some steps to take to save up for your dream home!
1. Determine How Much You Need
There is a general rule of thumb in real estate, the rule of 28, that says your maximum mortgage payment should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income. Sitting down with a mortgage lender will help you find out how much of a mortgage you qualify for based on that income. They will be able to tell you the recommended amount needed for a 20% down payment. Whether or not that is a requirement, a 20% down payment can get you a great price deal and reduce your monthly mortgage rate. 
2. Decide When You Want To Buy
The next step will be deciding when you want to buy. This will give you either a monthly or annual goal of how much money you need to be setting aside to reach that down payment goal.
3. Choose A Savings Plan
It it usually best to avoid stocks or other risky investments when it comes to saving for a home. Consider opening a regular savings account specifically for your down payment, and make sure it is an account you use for deposit-only purposes until you’re ready to make your down payment.
4. Check Your Budget
Saving a few dollars here and there can be easy, but saving thousands of dollars may take a little more practice. First, consider cutting back on your expenses. Check your budget for things you can go without. This may be difficult, but think about what you are saving up for! If you have the chance to earn additional income, devote that extra cash directly to your savings account. These saving strategies will not only help you to buy your new home, but can create life-long habits to help you continue to save money down the road.
5. Consider An Automated Savings Plan
Even after you have adjusted your budget, pulling that money out of your checking account and putting it into a savings isn’t always easy. Once you’ve determined how much of your budget will be going into savings, consider adding a savings plan to your bank account so that the money will automatically be sent to your savings. This can remove the temptation of spending what may look like extra money in your account and ensuring that it goes where it needs to. 
6. Save Your Big Deposits
Have you received a large sum of money lately? Maybe you just got married, or got a bonus at work, or that tax-return was especially big this year. Instead of spending that cash, deposit it directly into your savings account. This can reduce your savings timeframe and might have you ready to buy sooner than you thought.
Saving up for a home isn't always easy, but it is always worth it! When you are ready to buy, give me a call and we will get you that home you've been dreaming of! 

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What our clients are saying  

I had been trying to make contact with a buyer’s agent for a couple of weeks with a lot of no call backs and unimpressive first contacts. A web request for agents got a handful of replies and Janice caught my eye. When we contacted her we saw interest, energy and enthusiasm that was lacking in other agents. We had a focused area of interest for a new home and she understood our need as we waited for the right property to become available. When a potential property because available she presented us with a range of available homes to visit and we selected one that met our needs. Janice remained actively in contact as the new construction proceeded, and acted quickly and effectively when a time constrained closing jeopardized financing. Janice Patterson was a pleasure to work with from start to finish, made us feel someone was fighting for us and left us happy and satisfied home owners.


~ David & Sylvie C

"We received very helpful assistance in the search and purchase process of our new home in Florida.. Ms. Patterson very professionally listened to our wishes and limitations and was well prepared to find and show us homes that met our expectations. We were successful in finding and purchasing our home in one day. I recommend highly her professional and hard-working assistance to others looking to purchase their next home." Gary Johnson


~ Gary Johnson

My husband and I worked with Janice and her son Pat from Patterson Realty when we were looking to buy a rental property. They were fantastic! They are so kind and always willing to go out of their way to help. Janice was always willing to show us any home we might be interested in. She really took her time and we never felt rushed. When we found the one we were searching for, she made the process of putting in an offer and dealing with the paperwork a breeze. I would recommend using Patterson Realty to anyone looking to buy a new home. They are very professional and wonderful to work with!


~ Stephanie Hooper

Patterson Realty provided excellent service in helping us to purchase the perfect home. Janice is a great listener as she found exactly what we were looking for in the home. She is knowledgeable of the area and attentive to details. Thanks Patterson Realty for a job well done! I rate you a 5 out of 5


~ Debra Knerr

Janice was very professional but at the same time personal , she called me daily to keep me informed on the status of the property she was selling for me , I travel a lot so she handled everything perfectly for me , I didn’t do anything but show up and sign the papers , she did the rest , totally awesome , definatley will use her again .


~ Donovan Wilson

I am very pleased with Patterson Realty of Mont Dora Fl. I listed my property in Lady Lake FL with Patterson Realty in May 2018. It was sold and sealed in Jan 2019. I was discouraged when a guy used us in a way that was not very good, but Ms Patterson just tried harder and got the job done. Thank you Ms Patterson for a job well done.


~ Eugene Van Houten

Janice, I just want to Thank you for working with my Dad. As you know he was a very difficult customer. Demanding to see homes at a moment notice and changing his mind continuously. I really appreciate you making yourself available and being very flexible when he changed his mind and backed out of a deal and bought another home in the same hour! You and your son were awesome!!! You made our experience a pleasant one. Thanks again Jo-Ann


~ Jo-Ann

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