Decide how much home you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.
Develop a wish list of what you’d like your home to have. Then prioritize the features on your list.
Select three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in. Consider items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.
Determine if you have enough saved to cover your down payment and closing costs. Closing costs, including taxes, title fees, and HOA & County transfer fees average between 2 percent and 7 percent of the home price.
Get your credit in order. Obtain a copy of your credit report.
Determine how large a mortgage you can qualify for by meeting with your mortgage broker. Also explore different loans options and decide what’s best for you.
Organize all the documentation a lender will need to pre-approve you for a loan. Get a pre-qualification letter from your mortgage broker.
Do research to determine if you qualify for any special mortgage or down payment-assistance programs.
Calculate the costs of home ownership, including property taxes, insurance, maintenance, and association fees, if applicable.
Find an experienced REALTOR® who can help you through the process.
*Based on a 30-year fixed rate of 4.75% with 20% down. The estimated payment is offered for convenience and is not an offer of credit.
Due to market fluctuations, interest rates are subject to change at any time and without notice. Interest rates are also subject to credit and
property approval based on secondary market guidelines. The rates shown are based on average rates for our best qualified customers.
Your individual rate may vary. Rates may differ for FHA, VA or jumbo loans.