Increase your credit score by reducing debt: Before you start looking for your next home, you should request a credit report. This will give you a starting point on understanding your credit score before you request a loan. Your credit score will influence the interest rate of your loan.
Set yourself up with a large down payment: While it is possible to purchase a home without a 20% down payment, it’s best to get as close as possible. This will allow you to have a smaller mortgage rate, avoid PMI, and receive a better rate. If you do not have a 20% down payment, you may qualify for a VA or FHA loan.
It’s not just the list price that’s included in the purchase. Keep in mind there are inspection fees, earnest fees, moving expenses, and typically new furniture purchases that you should prepare for in advance. Along with the initial moving expenses, you should also be aware of your monthly budget moving forward. With homeownership comes property taxes, HOAs, home repairs, and more. You want to make sure you are prepared for future budgeting as well.
As you begin the procewss to find your next homej, checking these items off your list will provide you with a more successful home buying experience.
Realtor/Founder at Sold On toni, Keller Williams Realty Signature
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