Did you know that in the first quarter of 2019, the homeownership rate was above 64%? And while you may have thoughts about purchasing a home in the near future, you want to know what your first steps are.
Let’s take home loans for example. No one wants to pay an astronomical amount of money on interest when buying a home for the first time. But where do you start?
Think you’re ready to buy a house of your own? Here’s everything you should know about choosing a home loan.
1. Save, Save, Save
If you plan on purchasing a home for the first time, you want to be sure that you can save as much money as you can before signing your name on the dotted line.
Homeloans work just like any other loan. The less you put down, the higher your interest rates are going to be.
As a rule of thumb, your down payment should be about 2% – 20% of your loan amount.
Start by monitoring your expenses and figure out where you can spend less in order to save more.
2. Improve Your Credit Score
Someone once said, “A better credit score is better than a solid down payment.” And while we’re not sure if that is 100% true, you can bet that a good credit score will help.
Fortunately, you are able to access your credit report online. This not only allows you to make the necessary changes to improve your credit score but contact lenders in order to negotiate debt payment.
3. Choose Your Ideal Loan
While you may be presented with a plethora of loan options, it’s important that you read your agreement thoroughly before commitment.
Because lender jargon can be confusing, many first-time buyers don’t know where to begin when looking for a loan.
4. Organize Your Financial Documents
Before a lender agrees on a contract, they are going to require specific documentation. This not only serves to verify your identity but to ensure that the loan terms are affordable for you.
Normally, loan providers require your last two pay stubs, your recent W-2, bank statements, and last two years of a tax return.
Be sure to have all of these documents organized in order to make the loan process smooth and easy.
Buying a Home for the First Time and More
Whether you’re buying a home for the first time or simply want to learn a little bit more on how to handle your finances, we’ve got you covered.
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