The Steps to Buying a House Can Be Confusing. We Clear it Up

We know there are lots of complicated forms for you to fill out and information to be collected when you apply for a mortgage if you are buying a house. Your mortgage adviser will call you to collect the correct information and we will take care of the rest.

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All you have to do is electronically sign the paperwork and your application gets processed fast. Your dedicated team of professionals will take care of the details of your application  This includes documentation, home appraisals, underwriting, and answering all your questions at the right time.

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Have You Already Made An Offer?

Once you find the right home, you’ll need to act quickly. And while it doesn’t guarantee your mortgage application will be accepted, getting pre-approved is smart because:

  1. You can make a quick and confident offer on the home.
  2. Move into a home you can afford, knowing what the limits are on how much you can borrow and what your monthly mortgage payment will be.
  3. You can protect yourself from rising interest rates by being in a position to lock-in your rate as soon as your contract is accepted.
  4. Re-affirm your budget knowing that the term, amortization, and mortgage payments are guaranteed at the time of approval.

Here are the items you want handy before you apply:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Proof of income such as last two years W2’s and recent pay stubs or two of years tax returns if self-employed
  3. An offer letter from your employer if starting a new job that states your start date and proposed salary
  4. Your proof of assets for down payment, such as bank statements, 401K or other investment accounts

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Are You A First Time Home Buyer?

Before you consider searching for a home, one of the first steps you should do is get pre-approved. Why? Let’s look at it for a second. As a first time home buyer, you’re more likely to have a lower down payment and will need to borrow most of the price of the home. That is why getting a pre-approved is a smart decision before you start your home search. Buying a house doesn’t need to be stressful.

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Are You Buying a Vacation Home?

You can figure out quickly how much to borrow for your vacation home with the help of an experienced mortgage advisor, by doing a few calculations over the phone.

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Are You Looking for a Conventional Loan?

A conventional loan is a mortgage that is not guaranteed or insured by the federal government. Because conventional loans usually follow the guidelines set out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Conventional loans that are non-conforming  do not fit the conforming guidelines set out by government sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Are You Looking for a Government Loan?

A government-backed loan is a loan subsidized by the government, which protects lenders against defaults on payments, thus making it a lot easier for lenders to offer potential borrowers lower interest rates. Its primary aim is to make home ownership affordable to lower income households and first-time buyers.

There are numerous types of government-backed loans, which vary dependent on the country and status of the borrower. Arguably, the most widely known type of government-backed loan is the US Federal Housing Administration FHA loan, in existence since 1934.” – Wikipedia

The government loan programs are made up of three major loan products:

VA Loans – These loans are designed for active duty military member’s and veterans who have given service to their country and meet the eligibility requirements.

FHA Loans – FHA Loan program has a low down payment, interest rates and easier qualifying requirements for borrowers

USDA loans – These loans are designed for rural residences and must meet specific income requirements that are based on a median income level in the area you are purchasing a home in.

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Are You Looking for a Jumbo Loan?

Jumbo Loans sit outside of the conforming conventional loans you see with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans that are non-conforming are called Jumbo loans and do not fit the conforming guidelines set out by government sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

This not necessarily a bad thing it just means that the loans have more flexible limits and conditions than the conforming loans. A Jumbo Loan is any loan over $766,550 in most US counties.

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