Buying your first home can be very exciting. It can also be complicated and stressful, especially if you’re not sure what you’re doing. It helps to know what some of the pitfalls of buying a home are.
Here are a few common mistakes – and the worst – pitfalls you should avoid when buying your first home:
When you file for bankruptcy, it means you’re in a financial situation you don’t think you can get out of without help. Such financial hardships occur for a wide variety of reasons–sometimes as a result of poor financial responsibility or medical debts.
When you file for bankruptcy, it’s going to make it difficult to obtain a loan any time soon. This means it may be a while before you can buy a house after bankruptcy.
When can you buy a house after bankruptcy?
Because you’re likely going to need a mortgage to buy a house, lenders will look at your credit history to determine how much of a lending risk you are. A certain amount of time has to pass after you file for bankruptcy for lenders to begin feeling comfortable approving a mortgage.
If you want a conventional loan from a bank, you’ll need to wait at least four years. Conventional loans have rigorous requirements that you need to meet; this includes a solid credit score. If you can prove extenuating circumstances (meaning the bankruptcy was out of your control), then you may only have to wait two years.
If you have more than one bankruptcy on your record, you may need to wait 5 years. If you’re applying for an FHA loan, then you only have to wait two years since FHA loans are federally backed and less of a risk for lenders. You may only have to wait between 1 and two years for a VA loan.
How soon you can buy a house after bankruptcy depends on what type of loan you’re applying for as well as the current state of your credit report. For more information on home mortgages, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.
If you’ve never bought a home before, you’ll soon find it’s a very involved process with a lot of different steps; especially if you’re seeking a home loan. If you apply for a home mortgage, your lender will likely require an appraisal. Without an appraisal, they can’t provide you with funding to make the purchase.
What is a home appraisal?
At its core, an appraisal is an evaluation of the home’s value. It’s the lender that typically chooses a professional appraiser. The appraiser must be licensed or certified and is generally local. The value of the house can’t be determined by the structure itself (condition, materials used, square footage, and more). Value also depends on how much similar homes have sold for in the area as well as current local real estate market trends.
Why do you need an appraisal?
Lenders want professional property appraisals so they can compare appraisals to list prices. They want to ensure the appraisal isn’t well below what you’re planning on paying for it. If you’re overpaying significantly, the lender may have trouble recouping the loan if you default. They will have to foreclose on your home and sell it on auction but it’s unlikely they can get more than its appraised value, causing them to lose money.
As you can see, getting an appraisal is an important part of the home-buying process, especially if you’re taking out a home mortgage.
If you’ve taken a new job or have been relocated to another state, then you may find yourself in a situation in which you’ll need to buy a new house in that state. Buying a house from another state can be a real challenge, which is why it’s important that you find a local real estate agent who will be able to help you. The following are a few tips to help you find a local real estate agent that can help you find a house to buy in an area you’re probably unfamiliar with:
- Look for an agent with experience – Experience matters. It means that they will feel comfortable helping you even though you’re out of state. It also means that they will have a more established network within the area that they can rely on to find properties in the neighborhood you’re interested in.
- Look for an agent local to the area you want to buy in – When researching real estate agents in the area, be sure to use the keyword for the city or town you’re looking to move to. Not only do you want to make sure that they are living in that area, but that they are operating out of that area as well.
- Ask for referrals – More specifically, ask for referrals from homeowners who bought houses in the area you’re looking at. Contact these referrals and ask them about their experience working with the agent. You could even ask the agent if they have any referrals from anyone who came in from out of state.
Buying a house from out of state can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right real estate agent.
If you’ve found a house that you want to buy, then one of the most important things you need to do before signing on the dotted line is to schedule a professional home inspection. A home inspection will help identify any issues with the property that the seller may not have known about and that could potentially be costly. You’ll want to know about any repairs or replacements you have to pay for before you hand over a check for the house, after all. The following are a few things that you’ll want to know about home inspections in general:
What does a home inspection cover?
A professional home inspector will evaluate the condition of the home and look for safety issues, major or minor defects, items (such as HVAC units or appliances) that need to be replaced, items that need to be serviced or repaired, and items that are fine now but may need repair or replacement in the near future.
Can you back out of a sale agreement based on the inspection?
Generally speaking, most contracts contain contingencies that state that if significant problems are found during the home inspection that the buyer can back out without fear of losing any of their money.
Are there any other solutions besides backing out?
You can discuss the situation with the seller. They may be willing to pay for any repairs or replacements. If they do this, you’ll want to agree to a date by which they will have it done before you buy the house. Alternatively, they can knock the cost of the repairs or replacement off the price of the house.
A home inspection will help prevent you from buying damaged goods. For more home buying tips, be sure to reach out to us at Randy Lindsay today.
If you want to become a homeowner, odds are you’re going to have to take out
a home mortgage to do so. Few people can afford to pay for a
house out of pocket, after all. In order to be approved for a loan, lenders
will often check your credit. This is because your credit gives them an idea of
how financially stable and how financially responsible you are. It can be
difficult to secure a loan if you have poor credit. Fortunately, there are a
few ways that you can buy a home despite having bad credit.
Look for Low Credit
Some personal lenders may be willing to overlook your poor credit,
especially if you have a standing relationship with them. However, you can
expect to pay much higher interest rates as a result. In fact, you may even be
required to make a larger down payment, which isn’t always possible. If your
credit is well below what a traditional lender can approve, then there are a
few loan programs that you might want to look into with low credit
requirements. The most popular is the FHA loan.
The FHA loan only requires a credit score of 580 and a down payment of 3.5
percent. If your score is less than 580, you can still qualify, but you’ll have
to pay a 10 percent down payment. You may also want to look into VA loans (if
you’re a veteran) and USDA loans, both of which have minimum credit score
requirements of 620 along with good terms.
Poor credit is not always your fault. Fortunately, there are some mortgage
options that have low credit score requirements. For more information on what
you need to secure a mortgage or to buy a house, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.