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Financial Tips to Qualify for Home Ownership

by | Jul 4, 2014 | Blog, Financial Planning | 0 comments

Although you are not ready to buy a home in the near future, you probably realize you will want to own property at some time. The roller coaster ride of property values has finally evened out, with quite a few people damaged by its route. It will take some time to qualify for a mortgage again. Successful planning can help rebuild your worth starting today.

The basic house payment sounds affordable until the extras are tacked on. Even a low interest rate may result in enough extra cost a month to strap the buyer. Property taxes vary by county and state, but need to be calculated into the payment. Insurance, HOA fees, and maintenance also impact the base monthly payment, easily doubling or tripling the amount due.

A mortgage calculator is only helpful if you plug in the right information. If the results show that excess income is less than 28 percent of your monthly income, you may not qualify for the excellent mortgage you want. It is not always possible to increase your income, but it is possible to reduce your debt. Determine which debts can be paid off quickly to boost your disposable income.

Respect Your Credit Score

A low credit score brings penalties in the form of higher mortgage interest rates, a larger down payment, or a rejection for the loan. Lenders may review the reasons for late payments or bankruptcy filings to determine if the applicant is worth the risk of a loan. Demonstrate an effective understanding of financial planning by avoiding excessive use of or constant over-limit balances on credit cards.

Aim for Preapproval rather than Prequalified Status

A high credit score is an excellent way to get prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage. Prequalification sounds promising, but actually is a comment on paper that says the person’s income and credit history appear to satisfy qualifications for a certain price accompanied by a designated down payment. It is not a guarantee of financing and may change or be retracted at any time.

Preapproval is a guarantee for a specific amount. As an approved buyer, your good faith is recognized. The property will be appraised and a title report and sales contract drawn up. Recognizing the importance of financial planning in today’s world has resulted in your saving the down payment so the transfer of the deed goes through without a hitch.

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