I am quoted in Trulia’s Mortgage 101 round up! Check out my advice to first-time homebuyers, and other common questions explained.
What should buyers be prepared for when applying for a loan?
“There are a few things to get squared away before applying for a loan:
1. Cash for a down payment.
Save money/acquire money for a down payment and closing costs.
2. A good working knowledge of your personal finances.
Create a budget of your future expenses, as if you own the house, and make sure you can afford it. A good rule of thumb is that your mortgage should not exceed 30% of your take-home income.
3. A general idea of the price range of homes you are interested in.
Research potential homes through a local Realtor or at Trulia.com. Compare by looking at real estate taxes, neighborhood statistics, and other criteria. Take your time! Your house may be the largest purchase in your life.”