….so you’ve decided to buy. Congratulations..!!! This is one of the best times to purchase home with record low prices and lower interest rates….while they last. So what should you consider when thinking of buying….here’s a few ideas.
1. School’s – the school district of your next home is probably one of the most important features for those who have children.
3. City Services/Block clubs/Community
4. Size & layout of the home.
5. Home project’s/Amount of work the home needs.
6. Features you can live with/without
So you’ve got these questions ironed out what’s next. Next you need to know if your going to be a cash buyer or financing through a lender. If you’re buying with cash..the purchasing process moves a lot faster…also with cash deals, most sellers whether its bank-owned, HUD, or private owners…..cash deals are more likely to be accepted than financing offers.
For those who will be financing…there are different types of programs for all. Conventional loans are basic loans, which normally requires you to put 5-20% down towards the purchase of your home. FHA & VA loans are government insured loans. FHA normally requires 3.5% down and has certain policies and codes that have to be met. VA loans are 100% financing for veterans. Other lenders have more options available, but these are the most common.
So you’ve figured the details of you buying a home, decided if you’re going to be a cash buyer or financing, and decided your type of financing(if you’re financing). Now it’s time for your search.
If using financing its good to talk to your lender and get a pre-approval letter from them, but if you’re using cash …its good to have proof of funds(bank statement, 401k statements) handy. When writing up your offer to a seller, an offer has to contain a few things. 1) Purchase agreement 2) Proof of funds/pre approval letter from a lender 3) Earnest money deposit(which is normally 1000.00), but check and make sure….they may need something different. 4) If buying a HUD or bank owned home,or a short sale, most of them have additional addendum’s that have to be signed and turned in as well. Check with the seller/seller’s agent to be sure. If you’re using a real estate agent..he/she will make sure you have these things together, and specifics of the deal.
After you submit your offer there’s usually about a day or two waiting period to find out if your offer’s been accepted. If your offers declined…you simply return to your search…and your earnest money deposit should be returned. If your offers accepted then you are on your way…just a few more things.
Your offers accepted….!!! Your next steps are time sensitive. If you asked for inspections..now’s the time to schedule and get those ordered and taken care of right away. If you’ve used financing…now is the time to make sure appraisals are being ordered and done. Once these steps are completed and taking care, make sure if you’ve ordered title insurance that you’ve selected who the title company providing your insurance will be(most of the time the seller’s are providing this to you, and selected the title insurance company). All that’s left is making sure you’re complying with municipalities(whether they require municipal inspections or not)…and the final water reading, to take care of any outstanding water bills. One last step…show up at your closing…….and purchase your new home..!!!!!!!!
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