Home Buyer's Guide
Buying a home is likely the largest debt that you will ever undertake; the average loan amount is 80%-95% of the home's cost. It is therefore essential when deciding to buy a home that you educate yourself in the intricate details of the lending process. In addition, choosing a REALTOR® to assist you with mortgage information, financing options and potential loan sources will simplify the process; it is a source of confidence to have one acting in your best interest.
Know what you can afford
- Calculate monthly mortgage amount, expenses, upkeep, taxes and all other possible costs
- Down Payment: the larger the amount placed down the more likely you will get approved
- Interest Rates: understand the impact of interest rates on the cost of the home (for instance, a $200,000 home at 5% interest is cheaper than a $150,000 home at 7%).
Finding a Lender
- Deal with reputable lenders and seek professional help from agencies such as the Better Business Bureau to identify members of good standing.
- Shop three or more lenders (a REALTOR® may be able to assist you in choosing a lender).
- Know your rights when exploring different loan options (consulting a lawyer may be necessary).
- Visit banks and lending institutions in person - because of the subprime mortgage crisis new rules often demand you visit the banks.