Advice About Pre-Qualifying for a Loan from Real Estate Agent Craig Summers
Buying a home in is an exciting experience. Since it is a major investment you have to be sure that you are ready financially for the added responsibility. But before you start looking at homes you have to get a lender to qualify you for a purchase price.
If you have either been a homeowner, or have never bought a home before you can’t just decide how much you want to spend. There are many variables involved in the formula and everything has to be accounted for, both in income and debt. Your lender has to have all of the pertinent information to give you a viable amount to work with.
Since we are a credit driven society you will have to rely largely on your credit score to determine your buying power. Unless you are paying cash this is the main deciding factor in the process. Your rating, or your FICO score as it is called, is based on several different areas of your credit history. How much credit you have available, how much you owe creditors and even past accounts all come into play. It doesn’t matter if you have many accounts open as long as you have paid on time. When payments are over 30 days late that’s when your rating takes a hit.
It is a good idea to look over your credit report for accuracy. Unfortunately, the three credit bureaus do not always maintain proper records so it is up to you to make sure everything is correct. A mistake could take months to fix and in the meantime your rating is suffering. Staying on top of it before you are ready to buy will eliminate any unnecessary delays.
Your lender will give you a dollar amount of home that you qualify for, based on your income and your debt ratio- the amount of money you owe versus what you make. The amount they state is written in stone and not open for interpretation. Going over this amount will not only waste everyone’s time, but will get you excited about a home that you will not be able to close on. Leave the purchase price to the lender- that is what they are trained to do.
To learn more about how to qualify for a loan, call Craig Summers directly to get free tips and tricks at 404 374 1620.
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