Buying a home is an exciting time, and often not as difficult as it may seem. All you need is a little information.
You need three basic things to purchase a home: good income, good credit and a good amount of cash. If you are lacking in one area, don't worry, with a little effort, you can find a solution.
For example, if you have a lot of cash, your income and credit may not matter. You simply pay for your home outright. That is the ideal situation. You can usually negotiate with a seller for a lower purchase price because you don't require a mortgage approval. You are a simple, quick transaction to the seller.
You may be in the opposite situation. You could have a good income and excellent credit, but little cash saved. There are options for you as well. You can find many loan programs, especially those for first-time homebuyers, which offer low down payments, sometimes as low a 3%. You will have to pay for private mortgage insurance, but it is worth it to be able to purchase a home.
There are loan programs out there for those who do not want to disclose their income information. These loans are called no-doc mortgages. You will pay a higher interest rate and might have to put a large down payment on the mortgage, but you won't have to submit your income information. Many self-employed individuals turn to this option.
There are ways to purchase a home, no matter your situation. If you have made poor choices in the past and have questionable credit, you can find lenders out there willing to grant you a mortgage. You may have to prepay points. You will most likely pay a higher interest rate as you are more risky to the lender. But if you are willing to make the sacrifice, there is no reason you can't refinance your mortgage in five to ten years, when your credit is improved.
Look into all of your options when considering purchasing a home. It may be that you are better off waiting, saving some money and improving your credit history. Given time, you may be in a better position to purchase.
What you ideally need to obtain the best interest rates and repayment terms is a good, steady income with a long-term employer; a great credit score; and a large downpayment of at least 20%. It may be worth it, especially with rates on an upward trend, to wait a while and get your ducks in order before you buy a home. The more you are able to reduce your interest rate, the less you will pay back over time.
But if you are ready to buy now, do a little research and find out what is available to you. There are many loan programs and options that make owning a home a possibility for everyone. Yes, you may pay a higher interest rate, but you receive a home in return. However, later on you can always refinance your mortgage and get lower payments and lower interest rate.