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Before You Buy a Home

It is time to buy that new house. For anyone who has done this, you know how exciting a time this will be. But it is important that you do not let all the excitement cloud your judgment. You still need to be aware of what is going on, even though you are so close to making your dreams become a reality. So here are a few things for you to keep in mind when going after that home.

The Excitement is Great, But:

  • Get that credit score in order

This is a huge thing to keep track of. Your credit score defines your credit. It is a way that lenders will judge you, so that is why it is important to keep track of. If you have a great score, then you will be treated more fairly by lenders. The worse your credit score, the more fees you will likely fall victim to. It is unfortunate but true. So any extra effort you put into your score is well worth it. All it can do is help you. Don't you want to get the best deal possible?

  • Make sure all your papers are in order

Do not get taken by surprise by any of the requests a lender may make. Have all the needed documents in order before you start talking about this house. This includes your credit report. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be for you to ask for the best possible deal. If they get the upper hand, then they are in control. You want to remain control.

  • Check that budget

Uh oh. No one likes to hear this word when talking about great purchases. But it is something that you need to do. Check your budget and find out how much house you can actually afford to get. Crunch the numbers, and figure out the exact amount you can afford. Your finances will thank you for taking the time to help them out.

Before You Sign That Dotted Line:

So take the extra time to get all your things correct. It works out a lot better if you know what you are getting yourself into. The fewer surprises you run into, the better. You want everyone to work out in your favor. If that means taking a few more weeks to get things together, then that is what needs to happen. Do not sign that dotted line with any doubt.

National Rate Averages

Mortgage Rates

Product Rate
5/1 yr ARM 3.147%
1 yr ARM 3.299%
15 yr fixed 3.221%
30 yr fixed 3.815%

Home Equity Rates

* Updated Jun 7, 2012