Chances are unless you have several hundred thousand dollars sitting around, you’re going to need financing buying a house. Biggest concerns potential home buyers tell us:
- How much money do I need for a down payment?
- What does my credit score have to be?
- How much income do I need to buy a house?
- What is my payment going to be?
Payment Scenarios You will want to do this the right way, using a good accurate mortgage loan payment calculator, to determine what type of house you can purchase for XYZ down payment. When buying a house you will need some sort of down payment funds. These monies can be as little as 3.5% of the purchase price and can come in the form of a gift. You can also try our loan qualifying calculator, which will determine how much house payment you could potentially take on given your income and monthly payment liabilities. This is the exact calculation a loan officer would do in getting you pre-approved to start looking at homes. *As a general rule of thumb- you can expect a total monthly house payment of $725 per month for every $100,000 in purchase price. This should help give you a barometer of purchase price to mortgage payment when you’re doing your initial research. Qualifying For The Liability Payment
Tips To Successfully Buying A House
Research, Research, Research, but not to the point that you research yourself out of actually getting into contract. During the entire process you want to be in regular communication with your mortgage company and real estate agent about any potential issues are challenges that inevitably arise.
Common challenges on the real estate side
- Can the sellers sign documents on time? Have they provided any entity information work executed signatures to the title company necessary to commence the sale of the property? If not, make sure your buyers agent is aware of this.
- Will the property pass the pest report and if yes, will the work be required to be fixed prior to closing escrow, who pays for it- you or the seller?
- Make sure there is no personal property such as a table and chairs for example, included in the purchase contract otherwise lender will require a bill of sale between you and the seller stating there is no value for the additional items being transferred in the contract
Common challenges on the financing side
- Using gift funds in your home purchase transaction? Make sure the other party you’re getting the gift funds from deposits the money directly into escrow, not in your bank account.
- Any irregular deposits going into your bank account independent of your normal job will have to be documented and/or explained otherwise these sources of money will not be permitted for use in the transaction.
- Student loan payments- even though they might be deferred these will have to be accounted for as though they’re doing payable now
- Owner in multiple different businesses reporting on your income tax returns? Make sure to provide all corporate returns of any other additional business entity you are affiliated with.
- Any Liability showing up on your credit report have to be documented that there paid by somebody else or a business if a business or another party actually pays the liabilities showing up on your credit report.
- Don’t do anything with your credit report in the loan process including but not limited to the following:
- Don’t close out credit cards or any other credit account without first consulting with your loan officer
- Don’t dispute any credit obligations
- Don’t consolidate debt
- Don’t payoff old collections
If you’re looking to buy a house, for a complementary -no obligation mortgage rate quote to see what payment scenarios might look like for your situation, start with us online today. We are a local Sonoma County Mortgage Lender successfully helping people purchase and finance real estate since 2005.