Smart Home Buying

By: Calum MacKenzie

It's a sorry sight when you see so many homes being repossessed. Repo's and foreclosures and more prevalent than ever before as first-time home buyers are making some cardinal mistakes during the buying process that are leading to problems later on. One of the biggest mistakes people are making is not having their finances completely in order and arranged before buying a home. The buying of a home is an awesome responsibility both financial and otherwise and not being prepared for those responsibilities is one of the largest causes of repossessions and mortgage defaults.

Your credit is intricately tied into the purchase of a home. In fact, your credit will determine the amount that you will be able to afford to borrow on a home. Get in touch with your credit bureau and get a copy of your report. This will detail your credit history and allow you to discover anything that may be detrimental to your mortgage application. Outstanding credit issues can dramatically reduce the amount you are eligible to borrow, so it's a good idea to see to any of these things. Pay them out if necessary and get release letters from the debtors so that you can show them to a prospective lender if the paid debts have not yet been removed off your report.

The next logical step is to secure a pre-approval from a mortgage lender. This will take some careful shopping to find the loan that is right for you. There are so many different kinds of mortgage available it pays to take the time to investigate not only the loan but the lender itself. Make sure you are borrowing from a lender who has a good reputation and a good track record. This is critically important as there are many fly-by-night lenders who will take advantage of a borrower who does not do their homework. Make sure you ask about interest rates and whether or not they are fixed or variable. This can have a big impact on your monthly payments so make sure you ask about all aspects of the loan before signing it.

Finally you should be able to start looking for a home. Be careful in recognizing the difference between your needs and your wants in a home. Don't look for more home than you can handle. Be choosy when looking and if you find a suitable candidate make sure that you look it over a few times before making an offer.

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