With interest rates rising along with home prices, there may be no better time to get started financially preparing to buy a home than now. Here are a few financial challenges common to would-be homebuyers for you to be aware of. Down payment and closing costs. The down payment on a mortgage is the minimum … Continue reading "5 Financial Challenges for First-time Homebuyers"
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest personal and financial decisions you will ever make. With the constant evolution of the housing and job markets, it can be tough to determine a rough number to save in order to buy a house, and without a rough number to shoot for it’s hard to set … Continue reading "How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a House?"
Savvy loan officers know that waiting on luck is a surefire way to have an unlucky career—luck is made by planning ahead and being prepared. These same principles apply to homebuyers as well, and one of the best ways to be prepared when buying a home is to obtain a preapproval for a loan. For … Continue reading "4 Reasons You Should Get Home Buyers Preapproved"
The housing market is hot right now and, in many areas, housing prices have never been higher. This exacerbates an existing problem for many borrowers, specifically how difficult it can be to afford a down payment (and closing costs) when saving takes time and home prices keep growing. Down payment assistance can help alleviate this … Continue reading "4 Successful Down Payment Assistance Strategies For Lenders"
So, you want to buy a home? Not a house, but a home—somewhere for you to live, put down roots, and watch your children grow up, at least for a time. You’ve done your research, and after looking at the advantages and risks of buying a home, you’ve decided to jump into the market and … Continue reading "Is Down Payment Assistance Right for Me?"
Many loan officers and realtors have been there before. You’ve found an excited borrower, maybe a young family, looking to purchase a home—maybe even for the first time. The process is exciting and daunting for your borrower and your borrower needs a lot of help, advice, encouragement, information–you name it. Still, you can’t help but … Continue reading "My Potential Homebuyer Can’t Afford the Down Payment and Closing Costs. Now What?"