Warm weather is arriving and upon us in many areas of the country, and with spring comes a popular time for homebuyers to begin their search for the right property. However, it is important to prepare your finances and seek out knowledgeable help and resources to most easily navigate through the purchase process. Here are some steps to help you in your search for the right home for your personal residence and to make the purchase.
Select Search Criteria
One of the most exciting parts about searching for a home to buy is actually looking for properties to view and review. Make a list of features and amenities you wish for in a home. Be sure to make a list of what you do not want so you don't waste your time looking at a home with these characteristics. For example, if you don't want a home with a split-level floor plan or on a main road that carries a good amount of traffic, be sure to write it down and consider it during your search.
With online access to home sale listings, you can spend hours reviewing homes for sale and looking at photos based on your search criteria. However, bring on a real estate agent to help you in this search, as they can provide you valuable knowledge and assistance to search for a home and analyze market data.
Check Your Credit
Your credit has a big impact on your ability to get a mortgage loan for your home purchase. Based on your credit score today and your history of past payments and accumulation of credit accounts, your mortgage broker and loan underwriters will be able to get a picture of how well you handle and manage your debt and financial responsibilities. For this reason, it is a good idea to review your credit report before you apply for a loan, which will tell you exactly what is on your credit report.
There are three main credit bureau reporting agencies that your mortgage broker will use to pull your credit history from, so be sure you look at all three reports. You are entitled to one free report each year from each credit bureaus, so take advantage of this availability.
As you look at your credit report, watch for any errors and discrepancies that are not accurate, as they will need to be removed. And you can dispute any problems directly with the credit agency reporting them. This is why you should review your report from all the credit bureaus. Then, you will know your credit report is prepared to go through the mortgage application process and help you qualify for a great mortgage loan for your upcoming purchase.
For more information, reach out to a real estate agent that has experience with single-family homes or other types of residences.