Over the years, I have found that there are 5 resolutions or goals that first time home buyer's can focus on which will help them successfully negotiate their purchase and close on the loan that they want and deserve.
Every borrower has their own set of circumstances which makes their situation unique and I love working out a plan to help them get to the point of loan qualification and they can then move on to their home search.
Because so many first time home buyer's fall into similar circumstances, I have come up with
"The 5 Resolutions for First Time Home Buyer's".
The mortgage world is now rewarding borrower's with better interest rates and more favorable loan programs if they have higher credit scores, so my first advice is to Boost Credit Scores! I developed a credit monitoring system which has been used by hundreds of my clients to help them fix their credit and to monitor their credit scores. Here is the link to my Blog Article and at the bottom of the article is the link that takes you out to the credit monitoring companies offering a monthly service: Credit Monitoring Program
Down payment can open loan program opportunities that will save huge amounts of interest savings over time. And without a down payment, fortunately, we have great programs available for ZERO down mortgages-Utah Housing Finance Agency, but for the best loan programs, lower cost to originate, and lower interest cost over time, Save Up to Put Down!
Find The Best Real Estate Agent is the secret sauce to a smooth enjoyable home buying experience! Because my Realtor Business Partners each approach the home buying process the same way as I do and will provide low pressure, educated guidance and assistance through the home buying process (and are experts with first time home buyer's and their questions and needs), I can provide you with a name and phone number of a trusted professional of mine who will amaze you with their abilities.
Beginning a home search usually begins with online searches and a visit to the mortgage calculator also provided online. Unfortunately, the online mortgage calculators forget (or have no way of providing) information about monthly mortgage insurance (FHA) or private mortgage insurance (Conventional financing) and many assumed mortgage payments are just plain not correct. The safest way to make sure that you are getting the correct information is to Get Pre-Approved! My Credit Approval letters are backed up by an Automated Underwriting Decision (Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac) AND I underwrite income and assets. What this means is that when a client of mine gets an accepted offer, their loan WILL close! They also KNOW what their future payment is going to be rather than trusting the online calculator. Pre-Qualify Today!
Find Your Dream Home! This is the most fun part of the process (still stressful, but fun) and with all 5 Resolutions for First Time Home Buyer's completed, this is a natural final process to a successful journey to home ownership.