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Make an estimate of how much you can afford based on your income and current debt. Lenders recommend that your monthly debts should be no more than 36% of your monthly income. Other debts such as student loans or credit cards must be added to that monthly payment. You can use THIS montage calculator to help you calculate your borrowing power.
Your credit history is one of the principal measures used by a lender to determine your interest rate. The better your credit, the better lending terms you get. You should we aware of what information is on your credit report by obtaining and reviewing copies of your credit report directly from the three main credit agencies. You can request a free report HERE.
We recommend you to have the following available:
- Social Security.
- W2 from two previous years.
- Pay Stubs (Most recent months)
- 1099's if self-employed
- Bank Statements (Three months)
- Federal Tax Returns (Two years)
- Records of any assets.
- Creditor Information (Student loans, auto loans, credit cards, child support...)
Not all mortgages are structured the same. There are several borrowing options for home buyers and the type of loan that you choose should work for your unique financial institution. Most loans have fees in addition to the total amount you are borrowing. Some fees are due up front and some at closing.
Pre-approved buyers are ahead in the home buying game. Some lenders will quickly give you a pre-qualified, but this is not the same thing. A pre-approval letter will give you an edge when multiple offers have been made on the house. You will also close escrow faster since most of the paperwork is already done.
Once the application has been submitted, the process begins. The processor orders the credit report, appraisal and title report. All other information is verified. Any credit derogatory information will require an explanation. Processor will check for any issues. The entire mortgage package is then put together and sent to lender.
Lender will get back to you with any questions, inquires or clarifications.
You can start your loan application with our partners at Mortgage Movement right HERE!
Here some recommendations to your house hunting plan:
1. Don't view too many properties in one day.
2. Don't be put off by interior decorations. The can and will be changed.
3. Focus on the ones that you really like and disregard all others.
4. Visit the property that you like again at a different time.
5. ASK QUESTIONS!
Establish your must-haves. Depending on your outlook, you may think of this part as plotting your strategy or manifesting your ideal home.
Whatever you call it, listing out your major wants in a home helps you define your non-negotiable. That way, you won't be distracted by posh staging or the pressure of a fast market.
Look at the major wants in combination with neighborhood and commute.
Now that you found the perfect home it's time for us to draw up the offer. You will want to review this document carefully and make sure it states your terms exactly.
In addition to the offer you will need to provide proof of funds and pre-approval letter. After offer is sent, seller will be able to reject, accept or execute a counter offer. In most cases, seller won't accept your offer outright and will send counter.
Once, buyer and seller enter into an agreement, they open escrow. Escrow is an un-bias third party and works with all parties in the transaction to get the home transferred and closed smoothly.
Both, buyers and sellers will have closing cost and these expenses can vary. A general rule for someone who is buying a house is a 2-3% of the total purchase price.
You will typically have 17 days for inspections and 21 days for loan contingency. Most buyers will do a home inspection. The goal is for you to get an analysis of the condition of your potential home. You will have an opportunity to request any repairs or back out if major issues are found. Your deposit is always refundable as long as loan contingencies are not removed.
Title is the right to own, posses, use, control; and dispose of property. When you buy a home, you are actually buying the seller's title to the home. The purpose of title investigation is to discover any problems. Sometimes "clouds on tile" are found but they can easily be removed prior to closing. When no issues are found, we have a clear title and it can be transferred to the buyer.
Once we know title is clear, its time to order appraisal. The appraisal is an estimate of the value of the home made by a qualified professional . The main goal of the appraisal in to justify the lender's investment but it will also help you not to overpay. Lender will order appraisal and buyer will pay for this fee. If appraisal falls short, you may be refused a mortgage or offered a smaller amount.
Once all the purchasing steps and contingencies are cleared, it's time to close! In order to ensure a smooth closing you will need:
- Obtain a homeowners insurance.
- Review the Closing Disclosures that your lender will provide you no later than 3 days before closing.
- Conduct a walk-through of the property prior to closing to verify same condition.
This is brilliant news! You survived the home-buying experience and we are here to celebrate with you. Congratulations! A new home is a place for memories to be made and great times to be had. Seriously... read our NEW BUYER GUIDE for some great tips. We care. And you know it. If you know anybody buying or selling, you know we are WaiKool. Send them to us!