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Recommendations For A Successful Home Purchase Process

by Elaine Ryan

The thought of buying your own home is a very alluring prospect. Homeownership can provide you with a long-term home and address, and the opportunity to establish roots in a community that you and your children can enjoy. But to get to home ownership, you need to tackle a bit of preparation and make some decisions. Here are some tips to help you buy the home of your dreams with the help of your realtor and other professionals.

Understand the Mortgage Process 

When you plan to buy a home, you will most likely need to get a mortgage loan to pay for the home and finance its cost. In order to do this you need to take several steps to get your financing. Start off by talking to a mortgage lender in your area or a mortgage officer at your bank or credit union to complete an application. You can also ask your real estate agent for a professional referral, as they will have experience working with several that are really great at what they do. 

The first part of the loan approval process is to get a pre-qualification letter for your mortgage. This step will evaluate your credit and income to determine how much loan you can qualify for. This is a good piece of information that a home seller may want to know so they know that you are a serious buyer and you can actually afford to buy a home. This will also help you estimate how much your spending limit is. 

After the pre-qualification process, you can make an offer on a home and you will next need to see about taking your loan process further with a mortgage approval. To get an official mortgage approval, you can expect to provide documentation to your mortgage lender to provide proof of income, employment, and your past year's tax returns to verify your income history. The key to this part of the process is to collect and submit it to your mortgage lender as soon as possible so you are not a reason for your loan to be delayed. The sooner you submit the proper documentation, the faster your mortgage approval can take place so you can sign on your new home.

Understand Ownership Costs

Buying a home is going to take some of your income for the mortgage payment and other costs, so make sure you can afford the upcoming expenses. Look at creating a budget for your upcoming home costs to see what your homeowner expenses will look like. For example, how much will you expect to pay in utilities and other bills, such as internet, cable, or satellite television? 

Find out how much you will need as a down payment. Your realtor and mortgage lender will help you calculate and plan for these expenses. And if the home you buy needs repairs, plan for repairs and maintenance costs in the future.

Contact a real estate agent to learn more.