A few tips

Home Financing Tips

Home financing doesn’t have to be a mystery. We’re here to help!

Home Financing 101

Here are some valuable home-buying tips to consider when going through the financing process, which may save you some time and heartache. There are a variety of loans catering to home buyers’ needs, and we want to make sure you find the right one for you.

Get Pre-Approved First

  • Speak with at least 2-3 lenders and get pre-approved for a loan.
  • Work backward by letting your lender know what you want your monthly payment to be and find out what “price range” that puts you in. Qualifying for the most you can doesn’t always work with your goals.
  • Find out what you can afford to buy and how much of a down payment you will need.
  • Discuss finance options with your lender. Ask to see a few options on how to get the biggest bang for your buck with your down payment. For example, paying for some debt may be better than putting all of the money down on the loan.
  • Understand how the loan officer is paid and what loan fees you will be responsible for.

Why Start with the Pre-Approval?

Meeting with a local mortgage advisor sets you up for success in many ways. 

Understand the process: You’ll have an accurate understanding of what buying a home means and what you need to prepare now when home shopping and once you find the perfect home with your favorite Lamb & Co. Real Estate Agent

Peace of mind & confidence: Pre-approval is a must when making offers in our market. A thorough and vetted pre-approval grants buyers and sellers peace of mind. Buyers can feel safe falling in love with their dream home, knowing they can buy it, afford it, and make the winning offer they need to secure it. Sellers can sleep easy, too, knowing they can accept an offer that isn’t going to fall through and restart the selling process. 

Work on Your Budget

  • Put together a budget based on your projected monthly payment.
  • Don’t forget property taxes, insurance, and ongoing maintenance costs for the home. Think P.I.T.I. Principal, Interest, Taxes, and Insurance.

Get a Pre-Approval Letter

  • Ask your lender to prepare a pre-approval letter that your agent can submit with your offer. Having a pre-approval makes your offer 100 times stronger.
  • An offer without a pre-approval letter is unlikely to be taken seriously by a seller. With the market as crazy as it is today, we want to take advantage of every opportunity to make yours stand out.

Prepare Your Cash to Close

  • Understand how much cash you will need to close.
  • Ask your lender for a statement that breaks down all of the estimated transaction costs.
  • Document all money transfers and don’t open any new credit lines until the home is closed. This includes large purchases, credit cards, or car loans.

Meet Rosa

Our Preferred & Trusted Lender

We have developed amazing, trusted lending partnerships to help guide you through the homeownership process–from start to finish. 

One of our preferred lenders is: Rosa Briggs, Sr. Mortgage Advisor at Cross Country Mortgage (NMLS 117032)

When you work with Rosa, you’ll get an experience custom-tailored to your wants and needs. Rosa and her team deliver concierge-style service with personalized loan options and expert insight into the current lending climate. 

You are more than an online application, and buying a home is a big deal! Financing that investment deserves attention to detail and an expert willing to fight for you. 

Rosa and her team have proven, over years of partnership with Lyndsay, Leslie, and all our real estate agents, that they are a top lending team we can trust. 

Whether you’d like to dip your toes into the home-buying journey to learn about the step-by-step process or you are ready to get pre-approved and make an offer on your dream home this week, Rosa’s team is here to help!

We want you to be confident in your home-buying process, and you will be confident when you’re working with Lamb & Co. Real Estate and Rosa’s team. 

Connect with Rosa’s team for personalized next steps for your home-buying journey.

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