Follow these tips to help you get the best deal when buying a house.
Pre-qualifying for a loan makes you an appealing buyer in the eyes of the seller.
Pre-qualification approves you for up to a certain mortgage amount, even before you look at your first home. Once you do start looking, you won't waste time looking at homes you won't be qualified for-and you'll be in a strong position to make an offer as soon as you find something you like.
Selecting the best financing package available is as important as finding a home that meets your needs.
There are three factors to consider in determining how much you can afford:
In addition to your gross monthly income, lenders review your employment history, stability, and potential for increasing your income. They also evaluate any additional income, such as bonuses, commissions and child support.
They will request a credit report to verify your debt repayment, outstanding debt, and available credit. They will calculate your assets, including checking and savings account balances, CDs, stocks and bonds.
Avoiding any late payments on credit accounts, and limiting your credit purchases, helps keep your credit report in good standing. If you have items on your credit report that could negatively influence your ability to secure a mortgage, be prepared to explain each situation in writing. You should also consider delaying major purchases until after you've moved into your new home.
Pre-qualification is always a good idea.
Taking the time to pre-qualify for a mortgage before you begin your home search will put you in a much better negotiating position: your pre-qualification assures the seller that the transaction will not be delayed while you secure financing.
You can determine how much your financial institution is likely to lend you by completing our Mortgage Calculator here. This is your first step towards loan pre-qualification. You may also fill out a preliminary Pre-qualification form to start the pre-qualification process.
If you would like to learn more about financing options immediately, please contact me.