Financing is the First Step
It is very important for a buyer to get their financing in place before they start a home search. It is critical that they know what they can afford, the best method of financing that they can use, and what the “out of pocket” expense will be for a purchase. Before we go out shopping together, it is incredibly helpful to have a written pre-mortgage approval for a local, reputable lender. That way my buyers will be prepared to take action when we find the right property.
How to get started
Keep a file
Pull all of your important financial documents together. Regardless of the loan type, lenders will need information about you. Make copies of financial statements; bank accounts, investments, credit cards, auto loans, recent pay stubs and two years’ tax returns.
Check Your Credit Rating
Credit scores range between 400 and 800. 620 + is considered “good”. 680 + is considered “premium” and may possibly help get you a lower interest rate.
Below you will find the contact information for the 3 major credit reporting agencies to help you determine your credit rating. Ask your lender how to improve your credit score if you need to. Going forward, treat your credit like gold.
|Trans Union||http://www.transunion.com||(800) 888-4213|
Savings & Debt
If you are buying real estate, try to accumulate funds towards your down payment, closing costs (appraisal, miscellaneous fees, escrow, title insurance, etc.) and expenses such as inspections. Furthermore, try to pay down existing revolving and high interest rate debt like credit cards.
Toe The Line
Now is not a good time to change careers, move your money around, or buy big ticket items. Lenders like stability. So if you are considering any major changes, it pays to meet with a lender and ask them how to proceed before you make any changes! If you are tempted to buy a big ticket item, consider the following:
|A $500 a month debt payment (like a credit card or auto loan) could lower the amount of home you can afford by about $83,000! *|
* Based on a 30 year mortgage at 6% interest.