Buying a Home

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There are many steps to the home buying process and sometimes it can be confusing, stressful, and intimidating. The step-by-step process below will help reduce that stress and frustration, and provide you a more positive home buying experience.

Step 1: How Do I Get Started?

First, ask yourself what your monthly payment is going to be. Use the calculator provided on the right side to get an estimate on your monthly payment costs.

Second, ask yourself if you are in the position to buy a home. Do I have enough for a down payment? Do I qualify for a zero down payment purchase? Different loan programs have different qualifications. Click here to learn about the different loan options you have available to you.

Step 2: Get Pre-Approved

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Getting Pre-Approved will make you more desirable to Sellers. This is different from a Pre-Qualification since with a Pre-Approval an Underwriter has already reviewed your file and supporting documents. If you just have a Pre-Qualification, you may still be denied since that is an opinion of someone in sales, not a trained Underwriter’s approval. Your Pre-Approval Letter lets a seller know you already have a promise of lending and, once in contract, you’ll be ready for the fast track to closing. Making your Pre-Approval a great bargaining chip, since most Sellers want to close as quickly as possible.

The Pre-Approval Process is quite simple, and our EQUITY247® online Application makes it easy by connecting, with your consent, to your bank to pull financial statements. No digging through emails or files for your last banking statement. What could be easier!? Get Pre-Approved now!

Step 3: Pick a Trusted Realtor and Go Find Your Dream Home

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Your Realtor will narrow down homes that suit your style and tastes, as well as show you homes in and around your price range.

Step 4: Advise Your Lender When Your Home Offer is Accepted

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Your mortgage professional will help guide you through the rest of the loan process which will include inspections, appraisal, final approval and closing. In most instances, this can take place in as little as 30 days.

Apply today and start thinking about tomorrow!

For your convenience pay for your appraisal online HERE

Step 5: Start your move

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There are many great guides out there to help you move. Here are a few to help you get started.

Countdown to Moving Day!

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Want to learn more?

If you want to learn more about the mortgage process in an easy and fun way, check out our YouTube channel Mortgage Mechanics. We have quick, 2-minute informational videos to go through all parts of the loan process. Click here to check them out.