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Obtaining a pre-approved mortgage is a great way to begin your home buying process. With mortgage approval, you are in a better position to negotiate with Sellers. You will also be able to close on a property more quickly than other Buyers could.
A secured mortgage approval shows the Seller how serious you are about his property, and it will make the Seller more comfortable working with you. In a “Seller’s Market,” or where the number of houses on the market is limited, a pre-approved mortgage is essential.
Many Buyers apply for a loan and obtain approval before they find the home they want to buy. Why? Pre-approval will help you in the following ways:
- Generally, interest rates are locked in for a set period of time – you will know in advance exactly what your payments will be on offers you make.
- You won’t waste time considering homes you cannot afford.
- The Seller may choose to make concessions if he knows that your financing is secured. You are considered a cash Buyer, and this may make your offer more competitive.
- You can select the best loan package without the pressure of time.
What you need
If you decide to apply for a mortgage, you will need to supply information about your income, expenses, and obligations. For a full list of the items you need to bring, please contact us.
What Can You Afford?
There are three key factors to consider when determining how much you can afford to spend on a home.
The down payment
- Your ability to qualify for a mortgage
- The closing costs associated with your transaction
Down Payment Requirements:
Most loans today require a down payment of between 3.5% and 5% depending on the type and terms of the loan. If you are able to make a 20-25% down payment, you may be eligible to take advantage of special fast-track programs and possibly eliminate mortgage insurance.
You will be required to pay fees for loan processing and other closing costs. These fees must be paid in full at the final settlement unless you are able to include them in your financing. Typically, total closing costs will range between 2-5% of your mortgage loan.
Qualifying For The Mortgage:
Most Lenders require that your monthly payment range between 25-28% of your gross monthly income. Your mortgage payment to the Lender includes the following items:
The principal on the loan (P)
- The interest on the loan (I)
- Property taxes (T)
- The homeowner’s insurance (I)
Your total monthly PITI and all debts (from installments to revolving charge accounts) should range between 33-38% of your gross monthly income. These key factors determine your ability to secure a home loan: credit report, assets, income, and property value.
We can recommend a Lender who will help you through this process. It is often advisable and helpful to have a second opinion. There are many loan options available in today’s market, and making sure you are aware of your options is one way we can assist you in your home buying process.
Need to get pre-qualified, or would like more information? Fill out the form below and someone from our team will contact you.