A Mortgage Guide That Every Home Buyer Should Read

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Buying a new home can be an exciting process. However, its not all green pastures and flower fields. There are certain tasks that need to be done, and it may not be fun. What this article is talking about is doing your homework or due diligence. The process may be tedious, but it’s critical for avoiding further complications down the road.

Below are a few aspects that should be present in every homebuyer’s due diligence list:

Determine Your Budget

This should be the first tasks that you should do whenever you are thinking of getting a new home. It’s very important that you determine how much you can afford. This task should be done even before you talk to a real estate agent. This will make things easier for you and your agent. For example, it will prevent any heartache you may suffer from falling in love with a home that is simply out of your budget. Also, it will help the agent in narrowing the lists of possible homes for you.

Thankfully, determining your budget is not that difficult. You can start by using an affordability calculator. This should help you determine on how much you can appropriately afford in relation to the down payment and income. Then, use a payment calculator. This tool should determine how much you are going to pay each month.

Start The Mortgage Process

It’s best that you start connecting with a lender as soon as you have a clear picture of your financial capabilities. The lender will need to review several qualifying documents. Therefore, you will need to prepare and submit such kind of documentation.

At the very least, you will have to prepare the documents below:
* Personal Information – this will include your marital status and date of birth. The number of children (if you have), and their respective ages.
* History Of Residence – you will need to prepare tax figures, insurance and all mortgages for the last two years.
* Income And Employment – you will need to prepare employment history and wages for the past two years. If you receive income in the form of bonuses and commissions, you will have to prepare those figures for the last two years. Lenders will average your income, commissions and bonuses for the last two years. Also, Lenders will require you to submit full tax returns within the same time period.
* Asset Balances – You will have to prepare all retirement, investment, savings and checking accounts. Even if you are planning to pay the down payment from one specific account, all accounts must be reported for paper trail purposes. In case you are using “gift funds” for the down payment, specific rules will come into play.
* Debt balances and payment – this will include all debts and payments you may have, such as child support, alimony, car loans student loans, mortgages and credit cards.
* Social Security Number – this will be used to confirm your credit scores and debts.

Select Loan Type And Down Payment

Once the lender has a full picture of your financial profile, he or she can then recommend a loan structure that will be a better fit for your profile.
For example, you may have strong income, but you’re still early in your career. This mostly means that you haven’t saved enough money. A lender may recommend you for a 10% down payment with a slightly higher monthly payment.

There are instances that your opinion may differ from the lender. You may be thinking of getting a 5-year adjustable rate to get a 1-bedroom condo. From your perspective, this will be a better option considering that you are going to sell and upgrade within the next 5 years. The lender may have a different opinion. Looking at your income and your plans to start a family within 5 years, the lender may conclude you are better off closing a 3-bedroom single family home with a 30-year fixed loan.

It is critical that you match your choice of home and your long-term goals. It’s worth mentioning that since lenders have a full profile of your financial status, they are in a better position to recommend you the best option for you in relation to your current and future situation and goals.

Look For An Agent And Start Shopping

After the mortgage process has begun, you are ready to find a real estate agent. After that, you can start the exciting part of shopping for a new home.
Introduce your agent to your lender. Ask the lender to brief the real estate agent about your mortgage process. By doing so, the agent gets a confirmation about your down payment budget and target home price. This will also subtly tell the real estate agent that you are willing to close as soon as you find your desired home.

Write, Lock And Finalize

Once you find that perfect home you love, you will then write an offer. The real estate agent will present the offer to the seller. If the seller accepts your offer, your loan process will then move to the final stage.

The next step is locking your mortgage rate. The rate locks both the seller and the lender. Therefore, you cannot lock until the seller accepts your offer.

After that, the lender may request you for more and/or updated documentation. The lender will then order an appraisal of the property and review the seller’s property title report.

Once everything checks out, the lender will then draw the final document that includes the terms and rate. After you sign the documentation, the lender will provide the funds needed and you will be a proud owner of a new home.

3 Tips Consider Before Listing Your House:

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When it comes to its value, the one equivalent in currency but also the sentimental one that an owner and seller attributes to it, a home is really in a league of its own. Regardless of size and amenities, a place to live will always carry importance and the process of selling or buying is not to be taken lightly. Instead of jumping head-first yourself, make sure to employ the services of a real estate agent to guide you through the process.

It would certainly be ideal to be able to plan a sale beforehand and to give yourself enough time to figure out every detail. Unfortunately, many such transactions happen out of need and are caused by an important event in the life of a family, like bringing a child into the world, marriage or in some cases, the death of a family member. Even without the luxury of premeditating your every move, here are a few pointers in case you want to sell your home:

Be Absolutely Sure You Want To

As stated above, selling one’s home is a big step. Before starting the process you’ll want to make sure that this is really what you want and that it will have the desired effect for you. Think ahead and plan accordingly. Did you settle on a new home already or at least made sure you have narrowed down your choices? If not, take a step back and think it over.

Without a clear notion of what you want, you might be tempted to just test the waters. That usually involves over-evaluating your home and placing it on the market with a much higher price than it should have. This is something no real estate agent would ever recommend. Since living spaces are expensive, buyers will, much more often than not, be informed and have at least a ballpark idea of how much your home is really worth.

There’s little room for trial and error in real estate, and that’s because you’ll carry your history with you. Even if you later drop the price for your home, the listings will show the previous entries and potential buyers will interpret the change badly, either by assuming there is something wrong with the property or by thinking that the seller is not being straight-forward with them.

If You Have The Chance, Plan Ahead And Observe The Market

Some changes sneak their way into your life and compel you to take action, but others give you enough time to prepare. The addition of a new family member or a change in the place of employment are such fortunate cases that allow you to do your research and make the most out of the sale.

Don’t just throw your home out there the moment you realize you’ll have to sell, not unless you have to. There’s always something to be done around the house to increase that property’s value and net you more money once you do sell, from a new coat of paint to replacing bathroom tiles to the shingles on the roof.

A real estate agent can come to your aid in regards to watching the market, see what the competition is up to and when is the ideal time for you to place the home on the market. Keeping an eye on other sellers can also give you a good idea on just how many buyers are out and about looking for a new place to live.

The Demand Is Always There, No Matter The Month

While you may dread the idea of moving in the winter, especially if you live in areas with a harsh climate, selling your home then could be more profitable. That’s because the number of buyers does not drop drastically, however there aren’t nearly as many sellers. If able, try to assess the situation and the market as bet as possible. Professional help really comes in handy here. And most importantly, don’t sell in a hurry.

In real estate, slow and steady wins the game. If you rush the sale and don’t get your property in decent enough shape, you will miss an opportunity of getting more money from it. If you let feelings get a hold of you and dictate the price, you’ll not only miss the chance to sell, but also have that mistake follow you for the future, possible transaction. Be patient and cerebral, make a plan and stick to it, the desired result will be just around the corner.