If you haven’t experienced it before, the home loan process can feel overwhelming, but our agents will help you stay informed throughout the process, from pre-approval to closing. The first thing to do is consult with a mortgage specialist (or two). If you don’t already have someone in mind, we partner with some of the best lenders in the industry, and we’d be happy to introduce you, so you’ll be taken care of.
Before you start looking for a home to buy, it’s a good idea to meet with a Mortgage Specialist to get pre-approved for a loan amount. At this stage, the Lender gathers information about income, assets and debts of the borrower (you) to determine how much house you may be able to afford. This includes a credit report, pay stubs, Tax Returns and recent bank statements. There are a variety of different loan programs - if you're a first-time buyer, for example - so make sure to get pre-qualification for the specific programs that best suit your needs.
Advantages of pre-approval
• Don’t waste time looking at properties you can’t afford.
• Don’t worry about rising interest rates – guarantee the current interest rate for 60-90 days.
• An advantage when writing offers because the Seller knows you’re more likely to get a loan.
• Save time during closing because you’ve already assembled your paperwork.
The down payment on a home purchase typically ranges from 5% to 25% of the total value of the home. The obvious source of money for your down payment is either your savings or the proceeds from the sale of a home you already own.
While it is possible to buy a home with as little as 5% down, the amount of your down payment plays a factor in determining the type of mortgage will be able to secure. You may want to consider whether your mortgage will be conventional, or high-ratio.
What's the difference between a conventional and high-ratio mortgage?
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When you find property you’re ready to buy, your lender will help you complete a full mortgage loan application, and talk you through the various fees and down payment options. The application is submitted to processing, where the documents are reviewed and appraisals and title examination are ordered. Then the loan is sent to an underwriter, who reviews and approves the entire loan if it meets compliance.
Don’t be surprised if you’re asked for additional documentation or clarification throughout the process. Once your loan is approved, don’t forget to set up homeowners insurance. Your documents will be sent to the title company, where you’ll sign for the new home and pay any remaining costs. Then the loan is recorded and you get the keys. Congratulations, happy homeowner!
When you make an offer on a home, there are several fees that need to be payed by the buyer. The following costs will be your responsibility upon closing:
Trusting the sale of your home means putting your faith in our entire network of experts in the Real Estate market, property marketing, and loan processing. We provide seller confidence and work hard to keep our fingers on the pulse of the real estate market, noting fluctuations and corrective strategies that make your home sellable in any market.
We can work together to best decide on the price of your home to sell and are confident that we can find the right buyer for your home.