Friday, April 8, 2011

Home Buying Strategy - Get Prequalified for Mortgage Loan

Home buying strategy 

If you want to buy a home (especially if you are a first time buyer), the best way to find out whether you will qualify for such a purchase is to contact an experienced mortgage broker. qualify for a mortgage

The mortgage loan professional will answer your questions and assess your prospects for qualifying to buy. 

You must learn and know in advance whether you qualify for a home loan and how much house you can buy. 

If you don't qualify to buy now, you should learn what steps you need to take to get qualified. 

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General rules of thumb on basic minimums required for you to buy a home in today's market (qualifications for an FHA loan):

  • 3.5 percent down payment, based on home purchase price (e.g., $7,000 on a $200,000 home).  Alternative is that you would receive a gift in that amount.
  • 3 percent to 6 percent of purchase price (in addition to down payment) for closing costs.  Alternative is credit from seller in that same amount.
  • 640 FICO credit score (middle score of those generated by the three credit bureaus)
  • Documented income, asset and job history, including current paycheck stubs, two months' bank statements and two years of W-2 forms or tax returns
  • minimum of two years have passed since discharge of any prior bankruptcy
  • minimum of three years have passed since any prior foreclosure
  • up to three years have passed since any prior short sale (depending on circumstances)

Be careful. Buy what you can afford Meeting these minimums doesn't necessarily mean that buying a home would be the best decision for you. 

Hire an experienced REALTOR® and always consult with a mortgage broker professional to  help determine whether you can afford the purchase, down payment, closing costs, and monetary obligations. 


Source:  Tara-Nicholle Nelson @ - This is for information only and not the providing of legal or tax services.  If you are a prospective homebuyer, you should contact an experienced mortgage broker to help you learn about determine qualifications to buy.

Harrison K. Long - solutions for real estate and business - REALTOR® and broker associate, GRI - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - 949-854-7747 (phone) - (email) - CA DRE 01410855 - SFR short sale and foreclosure resource certified by the National Association of REALTORs® - also now serving as director at California Association of REALTORs®.

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