State Wide Realty Reports: 10 Ways to get ready for home ownership.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with State Wide Realty Co.

10 Ways to Prepare to be a Home Owner

 

Part of the American dream is to be a Home Owner. We have helped this dream come true for so many in our area. We wanted to provide some information that may help others prepare to realize their home buying dream. 

10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

  1.  Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. 
    2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.
    3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.
    4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment?  Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price. 
    5. Get your credit in order. Obtain a copy of your credit report to make sure it is accurate and to correct any errors immediately. A credit report provides a history of your credit, bad debts, and any late payments.

6. Determine your mortgage qualifications. How large of mortgage do you qualify for? Also, explore different loan options — such as 30-year or 15-year fixed mortgages or ARMs — and decide what’s best for you. 
7. Get preapprovedOrganize all the documentation a lender will need to preapprove you for a loan. You might need W-2 forms, copies of at least one pay stub, account numbers, and copies of two to four months of bank or credit union statements.

8. Weigh other sources of help with a down payment. Do you qualify for any special mortgage or down payment assistance programs? Check with your state and local government on down payment assistance programs for first-time buyers. Or, if you have an IRA account, you can use the money you’ve saved to buy your fist home without paying a penalty for early withdrawal.

9. Calculate the costs of homeownershipThis should include property taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities, and association fees, if applicable. 

10. Contact a REALTOR® at State Wide Realty.  There you will find an experienced REALTOR® who can help guide you through the process. 
 

                                                                                           


*Information provided by  RealtorMag the official magazine of the  
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®For more information visit their website: http://realtormag.realtor.org/

 

311 East Third St
Farmville, VA 23901
434-392-6163
www.VaStateWideRealty.com

 

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