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First-Time Homebuyers' Financial Fundamentals

Are you getting ready to buy your first home? If this is the case, one of the first steps you should take is to ensure that you are financially prepared for your purchase. Here are a few of the financial fundamentals you'll need to consider before buying a home.

Improve your credit

Your credit score is one factor in determining which home loan you will qualify for. It also has an effect on your mortgage interest rate. While many factors influence your mortgage application, a higher credit score may result in a lower monthly payment in the long run.

  • Keeping track of your credit and disputing any errors that appear on your reports.

  • Making on-time payments on your bills. This includes loan payments and the repayment of any open lines of credit.

  • Maintaining a low credit card balance. When possible, pay more than your minimum monthly balance.

Save money for your down payment automatically

You may also be wondering how you will meet your down payment savings targets. Bankrate offers a number of tips to help buyers save money, such as looking for down payment assistance programs and ways to save more money faster.

Obtain Pre-Approval

You'll also need to know your budget and how much you'll be able to borrow for your home loan as you prepare for your purchase. This is where the pre-approval procedure comes into play. A lender's pre-approval tells you how much money you can borrow for a home loan. And having that knowledge, as well as an understanding of your savings, can assist you in determining your target price range for a house.

You can then start looking for houses online to see what's available in your area at that general price point. This can help you really understand your options and begin to envision your future home.

Finally, connecting with trusted real estate professionals is the best way to ensure you're prepared for your purchase. Having industry experts on your side will help you make sound decisions throughout the homebuying process based on your unique goals, finances, and situation. They understand the market and can direct you to the home of your dreams.


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