THINKING ABOUT BUYING A HOUSE?
Whether you are tired of paying rent or are ready to look for your dream home, buying a home is a huge decision. This financial decision will have to be made carefully and thoroughly. We are here is assist you through this process.
INFORMATION NEEDED AT APPLICATION:
- Completed copy of the signed Purchase Agreement
- W-2's for the past two years (or complete tax returns if self employed)
- Most recent pay stubs covering last 30 days.
- Proof of previous mortgage or rent payments.
- Last 2 months bank statements of all checking, savings and asset accounts.
- Names, addresses, and account numbers of all creditors.
- Certificate of Eligibility (VA only).
7 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CREDIT:
If you understand your credit score, you'll be able to secure competitive mortgage rates.
Credit scores, along with income and debt load, sum up how well a person has managed credit and whether the person represents a good risk for a lender. The most common credit-scoring model used today is Fair, Issac & Co. (FICO). The big three national credit reporting repositories- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion- rely on it. The scores typically range from 300 to 900m with a higher score indicating a better credit risk.
To improve your score:
- Wait 12 months after credit diffculties to apply for a mortgage. Some items are scored less heavily after 12 months.
- Don't order home furnishings or appliances during the mortgage application process. The balance owed will be counted as debt.
- Pay back taxes in a lump sum to reduce overall debt.
- Avoid finance companies, which charge high fees and rates. Their use is considered indicative of poor credit management, even if the borrower pays the loans back on time.
- Shop for rates all at once. Multiple inquires from the same type of lender are scored as single inquiry if received within a short time period.
- Don't open a lot of credit card accounts quickly to build a credit record. Doing so lowers the average account age and looks risky to the scoring model.
- Pay down credit card balance. However, off loading credit card debt to a new card with a lower interest rate isn't considered good credit management and also results in another credit inquiry that will lower your score.
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10 STEPS OF BUYING A HOUSE:
1. Check your Credit Report & Score
2. Affordability Analysis
3. Get Preapproved
4. Find Real Estate Agent
5. Look for the Right Home
6. Make an offer on the Home
7. Negotiate & Agree on Terms
8. Get your Loan Approved
9. Close on your home
10. Move In!