Website or advice with reference materials for first time home buyer.?

Mid 20s looking to buy a home but dont know where to start. Mom and dad never owned a home so I am very ignorant to the process of home buying. I know my cresit score and my income to debit ratio. I have a few thousand saved and have a reference of a realtor a friend used. Is there a Website or book I should read to learn more befor contacting the realtor? I dont want to go into thw situation blindly.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Buying a house is a step by step process, this is the first step you should take in order to purchase a house is to be pre-approved for a mortgage loan, by contacting a local mortgage lender. The rest of the steps will fall in place, no matter the type of property you are purchasing.

    In order to find out the type of loan programs you are qualified for you will have to fill out a loan application, with a mortgage lender, you can find one in your local telephone book or google for one followed by the city and state in which you reside.

    Make sure this mortgage lender or mortgage banker is able to do government loans such as USDA, FHA and VA loans if you qualify for one. With a VA mortgage loan you are not required to have a down payment, this will save you on closing cost.

    He will fill assist you in the filing out of the mortgage loan application, which takes awhile so grab your favorite beverage and sit down. Once you have completed the application, he will run your credit report which will have your credit scores. These credit scores will determine your interest rate.

    The amount of your monthly debt payments you are required to pay as per your credit report and the amount of your monthly income earned would be used in a formula to determine what is called a debt ratio. This debt ratio would determine the amount a mortgage lender would allow you to borrow to purchase a house. This debt ration should normally not exceed 39%. A good debt ratio would be 35%.

    When you speak with the mortgage loan officer you will need the following documents to complete the loan application, there will be others, but this will get you started.

    #1 One month of pay stubs for each person that will be on the mortgage.

    #2 Six months bank statements from each bank in which you bank as well as statements from any 401K from you place of employment.

    #3 Two years of federal income tax along with the W-2 that match.

    Once he has all that he need to do he can then issue you a pre-approval letter so you can purchase a home. In this pre-approval letter will be the amount of house you are qualified to purchased.

    Make sure, before you get your pre-approval letter, you and your mortgage broker go over all your options, as to all the mortgage programs you qualify for, the interest rate, monthly payments. This will allow you to make an intelligent decision.

    Once you have your pre-approval you may now find a real estate agent to find yourself a home or he might have a referral.

    If you are getting a FHA, fixed rate, two loans to eliminate PMI like an 80/20 or one loan, if you are qualified for and approved for a 100% loan.

    You should select the loan that best suit your financial situation at the time. That could be an adjustable rate loan. It could be a fixed rate loan for 5 or 10 years and then adjust. Some adjustable rate mortgages only adjust once.

    What might be good for one person might not be good for you, in other words just because your friends and all your real estate buddies are telling you about the great fixed rate they got, your financial situation might call for something else.

    So select the best option for you and your financial situation.

    You should also get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which will indicate the cost you will have to pay for getting this loan. It will also indicate the amount of your down payment.

    Once you have found a home the real estate agent will then prepare a contract for you and the seller to sign. Your mortgage broker will now order an appraisal to show proof of the property value.

    The mortgage broker might ask for additional information or documentation, don't get all up tight this is normal, just supply the information or find the documents needed.

    After the appraisal has been completed you will be called by your mortgage broker to sign your loan docs so you can take possession of your new home.

    Before signing any loan docs make sure they say exactly what you and your mortgage broker went over when you decided on what mortgage program was best for you.

    You would be required to use a local title company that would make sure there are no additional liens on the property take care of all the legal recording at the county recorder's office. You should be sent a title deed in approximately 14 business days, by the title company used to close your sale transaction.

    The down payment of a house would depend on the mortgage loan program you are approved for.

    There are many and varied programs available to you than just the conventional mortgage loan, as well as the down payment required of each mortgage program.

    #1. Conventional mortgage loan

    Normally 5%-10% down payment.

    A. 20% down If you want to avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

    #2.FHA mortgage loan

    Normally 3.5% down payment

    There is a monthly fee akin to PMI that you would be required to pay for the life of the mortgage loan or until you refinance the mortgage loan to a conventional mortgage loan.

    #3. VA mortgage loan

    There is no down payment

    You must have been in the United States military active duty, veteran, or retired.

    There is a monthly fee akin to PMI that you would be required to pay for the life of the mortgage loan or until you refinance the mortgage loan to a conventional mortgage loan.

    #4. USDA mortgage

    There is no down payment required

    Normally to be approved for this mortgage loan the property you are purchasing must be a farm or rural property.

    There is a monthly fee akin to PMI that you would be required to pay for the life of the mortgage loan or until you refinance the mortgage loan to a conventional mortgage loan.

    I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck

    "FIGHT ON"

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  • 3 years ago

    I would call a mortgage lender first & get pre-qualified. It's free. Then you will know how much house you can buy. Then contact a realtor & have them start showing properties in your price range. Between the lender & realtor they will walk you through everything. You will need at least 3.5 % of the home price as a down payment so keep that in mind (FHA) unless you are a veteran then you will not need a down payment. So to buy a $100,000.00 house you would need $3500.00 down payment for an FHA loan. If you have any specific questions feel free to message me. I have been a mortgage loan officer for 31 years. Good luck!

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  • 3 years ago

    Your agent friend should be able to help you in detail, and if he/she can't you need to find a more experienced person to help. Step one is to speak to a lender to understand your mortgage options with respect to how large of a loan you can afford, and how much down payment and closing costs there will be depending upon which loan program you choose, and you might discover you have some old debt you either need to become current on or pay off completely before you will be ready to go forward. Step two is getting a real estate agent to help you find and guide you through the purchase process. Good Luck.

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  • Robt
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    3 years ago

    In our country we have these things called libraries.

    Libraries got books on how to get educated and started process of qualify for house ownership.

    A few 1k$ will get u a travel trailer in most parts of USA.

    U multiple years from moving out to any thing but apartment renting.

    Few 1k$ will NOT cover closing costs here.

    Here you need to earn 60k$ yrly to qualify for any legal loans even if u GOT 10% down and closing costs.

    Libraries got books on how to get started.

    Source(s): Builder landlord
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