Buying a home, although it’s extremely exciting, is a big financial step you need to be prepared for. If you’re ready to pick up the phone and contact our real estate team, there are four things you should do before you start looking at real estate.
- Boost Your Credit Score- What your credit score is like will have a big impact on what kind of interest rate you can get on your mortgage. If your credit score is less than perfect, don’t feel like you have to move forward with buying a home right away. If need be, take some time to improve your credit.
- Go Over Your Budget- As realtors, we can’t stress how important it is to budget properly before buying a home. Go through your finances and determine what you can afford to pay every month on your mortgage, as well as related expenses like higher utility costs, homeowners insurance, and repair costs.
- Start Saving- A lender wants to see that you not only have a sizeable down payment saved up, but also that you’re not living paycheck to paycheck. Make sure you have a little bit of extra funding tucked away before you purchase a home.
- Move Forward with Pre-Approval- When you are pre-approved for a mortgage, a lending institution conditionally agrees to offer you financing if you find the right home. This is one step you should take to show sellers you’re serious about making a purchase while you look at homes.