Becoming a homeowner is an exciting journey, but it can also be overwhelming. That’s why I’ve put together an Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Become a Homeowner to help you navigate the process. From getting pre-approved to closing the deal and getting your keys, I’ve got you covered.
Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan
Getting pre-approved is the first step to becoming a homeowner. It allows you to determine your budget and start your home search with confidence. My team will help you review your purchase objectives, verify your income, assets and employment, and educate you on the various loan options available to you. I’ll also cover down payment assistance programs, mortgage terminology, interest rates, and more. Once we complete the initial consultation, we’ll know your max budget and the loan program that best fits your needs. I’ll then submit your file to a live underwriter to complete a credit qualification for your home loan. With an approval letter in hand, you can start working with your real estate agent.
Work with a Local Real Estate Agent
Finding the right home can be a challenge, but with a local real estate agent by your side, the process can be easier. Your agent will help you find homes that fit your needs and budget and guide you through the offer and negotiation process. With a pre-approval letter, you’ll be able to shop for a home with confidence. Don’t have an agent yet? Let me introduce you to a trained professional.
Start Searching for Your Dream Home
Once you’ve found the right agent, it’s time to start searching for your dream home. Researching neighborhoods, schools, and nearby amenities should be part of your search criteria. After you’ve narrowed down your options, schedule appointments to view a few homes in each area. It’s also a good idea to drive through the neighborhoods at different times to get a sense of the community.
Make an Offer on Your Dream Home
With your agent’s help, you can make an offer on your dream home. Your agent will review market data, show you relevant comps for the neighborhood, and help you settle on a price that’s competitive and within your budget. With their local expertise, they can suggest things like contingencies and timing for inspections, appraisal, and close escrow.
Sign the Purchase Agreement
Once your offer is accepted, you’ll need to sign the purchase agreement. This is where things like mortgage disclosures, loan estimates, closing cost estimates, title insurance, escrow fees, homeowners insurance, and many other things come into focus. I’m here to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
Get a Home Inspection
Getting a home inspection is crucial to protecting your investment. It can help reveal important information about the home you are buying. Be sure to read the inspection report thoroughly and ask questions if you don’t understand something.
Receive a Mortgage Commitment
The mortgage commitment is the formal commitment to lend and comes after you’ve completed all of your loan conditions. Once you’ve signed the commitment documents, you and the lender have entered into an agreement where you commit to make mortgage payments for a specified period, for a specified amount, at a particular interest rate.
Closing and Get Your Keys!
Once you’ve signed your closing paperwork and title has recorded the purchase, you’ll receive your keys from your realtor. Congratulations, you’re now a homeowner!
Check out this video to learn more about becoming a First Time Home Buyer today!