What You Can Do Now If You Want to Buy a Home
If you’re thinking about buying a home this year, there are important things you can do right now to keep the homebuying process moving forward. From pre-approval for a mortgage to saving for your down payment, you can still work confidently toward homeownership. 1. Learn About the Process and How Much You Can Afford The process of buying a home is not one to enter lightly. You need to decide on key things like how long you plan on living in an area, school districts you prefer, what kind of commute works for you, and how much you can afford to spend. Keep in mind, before you start the process to purchase a home, you’ll also want to get pre- approved for a mortgage. Lenders will evaluate several factors connected to your financial track record, one of which is your credit history. They’ll want to see how well you’ve been able to minimize past debts, so make sure you’ve been paying your student loans, credit cards, and car loans on time. According to ConsumerReports.org: “Financial planners recommend limiting the amount you spend on housing to 25 percent of your monthly budget.” Pre-approval will help you better understand how much you can afford so you can confidently make a strong offer and close the deal. Today's low inventory, like we've seen recently and will continue to see, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get.
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