Should I shop for a mortgage
or a home first?
When starting the process of buying your first home it is a good idea to contact a mortgage broker and discuss your plans and the loan programs that would fit your situation.
Shopping for your mortgage is not as fun as shopping for a home. The mortgage process can be filled with stress and uncertainty. You worry that something is on your credit report that you didn't know about. You worry that your credit score isn't good enough. You worry when the underwriter ask for more documentation. You stress when your loan seems to be taking too long. Worrying about what could go wrong causes people to put off applying for a mortgage. This delay just adds to their stress.
A good loan officer can help minimize your stress and anxiety by anticipating problems and heading them off and by explaining everything to your satisfaction.
You will also want to know if the mortgage payment will fit within your budget, this will also give you a better idea as to the price range of the home you are looking for.
Having a solid prequalification will give you an edge when you are shopping for a home. Sellers will look more favorably on your offer than with someone who has not been prequalified. Also, having been prequalified will make your home buying experience more enjoyable as you will not be worried about getting approved for the home of your dreams.
One thing that is very discouraging is when your shopping for more of a home then you can really afford. Take into consideration all hidden costs. It sure costs more to heat a 3200 sq foot home then a 1300 sq foot home.
Make sure you have a prequal letter ready and in hand when you visit your Real Estate Agent. This will give you more bargaining power when it's time to make a contract.
Make sure you know ahead of time how you feel comfortable paying each month. You may qualify for more.
You should always shop for a mortgage first before the home. Just about every person out there can qualify for a home loan; however it is imperative that you find out first how much of a loan you qualify for based on your debt to income ratios (DTI). Second, you need to find out how much of a down payment is required or what is the lowest down payment allowed that a lender will approve you for. Again, just about anyone out there can actually qualify for a loan, but how much of a down payment is required is where some people actually have a hard time. If you have $5,000 to use for a down payment and your credit is below 500 and the lender is requiring you to have a $30,000 down payment on a $100,000 then this may not work out for you. An experienced loan officer will be able to assist you and educate you on what you need to do though so that you can soon qualify for a home loan that only required that $5,000 though. Therefore, always shop for the home loan, or mortgage, first before you start trying to find a home. A mortgage professional will be able to let you know first what you are able to look for in a home.
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before you go house shopping is a great idea. That way you’ll know exactly how much you have to spend, you’ll have a much stronger position when dealing with home sellers, and you will be that much further ahead when it comes time to complete the purchase.
Getting pre-qualified is the first step in the mortgage process. It involves supplying a lender with basic information regarding your debt, income and assets. From this information, lenders can get an idea of the mortgage amount for which you qualify, and it can usually be done at no cost.
Getting pre-approved is the next step. The process requires that you complete a mortgage application and supply a lender with all the necessary documentation to check your financial background and credit rating. You will then be told an amount for which you are approved.
Shopping for a mortgage before a house is the best solution. Arranging a mortgage first will allow you to clearly see your financial situation before you lock in on a house you love.
Most real estate agents will not show you a home until you have been prequalified by a mortgage professional.
It is in everyone's best interest to determine if you qualify for a home. If you do qualify - You need to know how much of a mortgage you can afford, and/or how much of a mortgage payment you want to make. Shopping for a home without knowing this is pointless.
You should always get prequalified for a mortgage loan before you start looking for a house. This will give you an estimate of your monthly payments and what price of a home you should be looking for. When you find the house that you want with a real estate agent, your prequalification letter should be submitted with your purchase contract which will make your offer more favorable to the seller.
It is a good idea to contact a mortgage broker before you contact a realtor. For example a mortgage broker can get you approved for 100% loan or get your payments lower that you thought. This may give you the ability to by a nicer home than you might have anticipated.
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