The time leading up to your home buying decision is a time when you can prepare for your home purchase. Included in this process is an evaluation of your credit and improvement where it is possible; then you can add to your home down payment and get an idea of your purchase budget and home wish list. The following provides helpful details to get you prepared for the home purchase process.
Work on Your Credit
As a future home buyer, you need to build your credit as much as possible and improve your credit, which will improve your chances to get a favorable mortgage loan. The better your credit, the better your chances at a low fixed interest rate and even a low or flexible down payment for your mortgage. To start your credit improvement, request a copy of your credit report through at least one of the three major credit bureaus. Each credit bureau will have a different report and can have a possibility of different details. For example, one credit report may have your credit score at 720 and the other report will have it as 690.
These reports can include errors, such as an account that is showing you still owe the balance when you paid it off in full three months ago. When you review your credit report, you can dispute any errors and also work to improve the credit that is showing. For example, if you have a lot of credit cards with a maxed-out balance, work on paying down their balances so they reduce your debt to income. When you can keep a credit card balance at least half or less of the credit line, this will look better on your credit report and improve your score. And your mortgage broker will have more options for your home loan and its terms, including the interest rate and payback terms.
Evaluate Your Finances
Your finances are also an essential part of buying a home. How much do you have saved as your down payment? Some home loans have down payment requirements of anywhere from 3.5 percent to 10 percent, but others can require a larger payment. Keep in mind that the more you put as a down payment, the less you will finance with a mortgage, which means less paid out to interest.
Depending on your loan program and your down payment ability, you may also need to be aware of mortgage insurance. Your mortgage broker can talk to you about the requirements of mortgage insurance and how much it will add to your mortgage payment each month. As you evaluate your purchase budget, consider the variables when it comes to saving up a down payment in advance or foregoing a down payment and financing your entire purchase.
For more information, contact a lender in your area, such as Secure One Capital.
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