FIRST TIME HOME BUYER INFO
Prepare for home ownership
Buying a home requires more than just money for a down payment. You also have to be committed to taking control of your surroundings and your finances. We will work with you throughout the home-buying process to help make owning your first home as easy as possible. Together, we can help you understand how owning a home is more attainable—and easier to understand than you may realize.
Home ownership means you no longer pay monthly rent for the roof over your head. Now you own it, you can get an equity build up – not the landlord. You can do what you want with your house. Here are just a few benefits of homeownership:
- Interest Tax Deductions. You may be able to deduct the interest on your home loan. Be sure to consult your tax advisor. Because of this tax advantage, it may actually be cheaper to own than rent.
- Equity. If the value of your property increases as you pay down your mortgage, you build equity that can be used to finance other major purchases, or as a down payment on a future home.
- A Protection Against Inflation. Home ownership could help you counteract rising inflation. Although past performance cannot guarantee future trends, real estate has historically appreciated at a higher rate than inflation in most regions.
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Here is some important information regarding your credit
Credit reports are kept by the three major credit agencies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Among other things, they show your credit payment history.
A credit score is a number calculated based on the information in your credit report. You have three different credit scores, one for each of your credit reports. We can help you through that process, we are not a credit repair agency, but we can help you understand the issues, and learn more about credit.
Know what you can afford
We will look at your income, debt and credit to determine the kind of loan that best suits your needs and goals. The size of your down payment will also determine how much you can afford. We will walk you through each step.
Line up cash
You will need to come up with some cash of your own. We will pinpoint that number for you as we work through the process. Items we will consider are the proper down payment, fees and closing costs. These may include the appraisal fee, loan fees, attorney's fees, inspection fees, and the cost of a title search. Again, we help you arrive at the best possible scenario to fit your needs and goals. We will help you analyze your finances to come up with the best solution.
The following three terms will help you better understand the rest of this scenario:
- Loan-to-Value (or LTV). This
is the loan amount as a
percentage of the purchase price
or appraised value (whichever is
less). If you are buying a
$150,000 home with $15,000 down
payment you have a 90% LTV.
- Housing Ratio. This is your
total monthly housing expense
(principal, interest, tax,
insurance, and PMI and
homeowners dues (condos if
applicable) divided by your
gross monthly income. Note
"gross" income is "before"
- Debt Ratio. This is your
total monthly housing expense
plus your monthly payments of
your installment and revolving
Your income and credit will determine
the size of the loan you can qualify for. Y