Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.
Even if you are not in an incredibly competitive market, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.
Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:
“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”
One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you through this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”
Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:
- Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
- Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
- Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
- Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time
Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.
Many potential homebuyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores necessary to qualify for a mortgage. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so today.
New American Funding
Our preferred lender, Maria Jondahl, and her team at New American Funding will make the process easy and stress-free!
"With many years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, and extensive practice in originating home loans for both purchase and refinance, I am a firm believer in excellent customer service and offering the most competitive pricing.
Through working with New American Funding, a Direct Lender, I have continued to be one of the most knowledgeable Loan Officers in Minnesota.
When working with myself and New American Funding you’ll receive:
- Expert advice and support in making your home financing decisions
- A full spectrum of loan products from which to choose
- Consistent communication and follow up throughout the loan process from myself and New American Funding’s in-house operations team
- The fastest turn times in the industry
Please give me a call today for answers to any of your home financing questions. I would be more than happy to offer my professional advice."