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Leah TenBieg

Purchasing your first home

Friday, December 29, 2017 - Article by: Leah TenBieg - Prospect Home Finance - Message

Homeownership can sound like a lot to handle for some. However, by following some simple steps, purchasing your first home can be hassle-free. The process can be speedy and swift. Read below to see how you can help to make the home buying process an enjoyable experience.

1.Take a good look at your credit and have documents ready

The first thought that might come to your mind is to find your dream home online, right away. Before getting ahead of yourself, it is smart to have your credit ready. Be sure to get any old medical bills handled and pay off as many credit cards as you can. A small tip: If you have a new address, get in contact with your old living space to make sure there are not any bills being sent there. You don't want to have any surprises when your credit gets checked.

Gather any documents that you might think you will need to show a Loan Officer in order to get approved. These include pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns, etc. You will be happy you did so when you receive the list of documents that are needed for your loan.

2.Get preapproved as soon as you can

Before searching for your ideal home, research different mortgage brokers and get preapproved for a mortgage loan. This will show realtors that you are a serious buyer and it will help speed up the process.

3.Begin searching

Now that you are preapproved, you can finally start the search for your home. If you are not confident in looking on your own, contact a couple local real-estate agents to see which one is the best fit for you. Looking online is fun, but it will not get you very far. Take the extra step and drive by some of the homes to get a good idea of the neighborhood and location. When going to speak with a realtor, it might help to have a list of things that you want in a home and a list of things that you need. This narrows down the search, as well as speeds up the process.

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