If you’re planning to make the big move this month and want to buy a home, then get prepared with these tips:
Get Your Credit Report
Your credit report is one of the most important factors in determining your interest rate—and when you buy a home your interest rate will be around for quite a while. Do your homework now and grab a copy of your credit report. It may be helpful to look it over now to make sure there aren’t any surprises.
A free credit report is available at the website Annualcreditreport.com.
Get Pre-approved for a Mortgage
When you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you are not just speeding up the purchasing process, you are helping yourself in a few ways:
- Peace of mind knowing you have financing lined up
- Better idea of your price range and what you can afford
- Be able to move quickly when you find just the right house
- Use your pre-approval as a negotiating tactic (“we’ve already been pre-approved…”)
You can apply for pre-approval with Deseret First by Clicking Here.
Understand How Much a Home Really Costs
When you look at your budget to figure out what size home you can afford, keep in mind all of the home costs in addition to the mortgage payment. Consider things such as HOA fees, utilities, ongoing maintenance, landscaping, upcoming major repairs, home insurance, and so on.
Make a (Realistic) Wish List
Before you go and look at homes, make a list of what features in a home are essential, and which ones are optional. Think about things like number of bedrooms, family space, kitchen amenities, storage space, garage spaces, and such.
And remember that many of the most important factors are not even part of the home—have criteria in mind about schools, neighborhood makeup, available utilities, freeway access, weather conditions during all four seasons, and other surrounding factors.
Knock a Few Doors
If you’re serious about buying a house, then go up and down the street and knock a few doors. You’ll get a good feel for the warmth of the neighborhood. Just tell people that you’re thinking of moving in nearby and ask about the neighborhood. For a lot of people, the actual families that they live nearby is the most important aspect of why they chose to buy a home.
Ready to Apply?
With so many options available, let Deseret First help find the right loan for you. Call a Deseret First Mortgage Officer at 801-456-7070 or 1-800-326-3328 ext. 7070, M-F 8:30 am- 5:30 pm.
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