Before You Look at Your First House
Experienced home buyers know that one of the first-steps in beginning a successful search for a new house is taking a hard, objective look at finances. Determining how much money you can dedicate to the purchase of your new house affects almost every aspect of buying a new home - including how we write the offer, which mortgage programs you will qualify for, shopping for the best mortgage loan and which homes are truly in your price range. My 20 year background in mortgage lending will definately help you with the prequalification process and understanding the mortgage process.
Here are the questions that each home buyer should ask:
The 28/36 RuleNo more than 28% of your gross income can be applied to your mortgage, real estate taxes and insurance. And no more than 36% of your gross income can be applied to your mortgage expenses plus your regular debt expenses (car payments, credit cards, other loans, etc.). Lender's can exceed these guidelines up to a certain level if there are strong compensating factors.
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