Submit Your ApplicationThis is the most important step you will take in starting the process. Many house hunters will wait until they have found the perfect home, try to get approval, and then find out that the home is way more than they can afford. By starting with your application, you can get a pre-approval. This will give you a more solid answer as to how much you should be spending on a home right now - plus it can make the mortgage process go smoother when you have a pre-approval in hand.
Avoid Taking On New DebtWhile your loan is in process, it’s important to avoid certain actions like opening new credit cards or making other financial changes. New loans will change your debt-to-income ratio and could impede your mortgage approval.
Plan for a Home InspectionOnce you have found a home that you love, it’s time to schedule a home inspection as soon as possible. Many times, your real estate agent will handle this for you, but asking about it and knowing who they recommend is important. This will give you adequate time before your closing date to negotiate with the seller if the inspection proves to be less than what you expected.
Check Your Methods of Contact!After you applied and are qualified for a mortgage, you’ll receive your conditional approval. Keep your alerts turned on, your phone handy, check emails regularly and be ready to respond promptly for any additional documentation that may be needed or documents that may need your signatures, such as the preliminary Closing Disclosure. This can help keep your application moving forward.
Look Into Homeowner’s InsuranceProof of insurance is a requirement for the mortgage process. It is a good idea to start this process as soon as you have found a property. Waiting until the last minute could cause a delay in your closing. If you don’t know who you would like to use for your homeowner’s insurance, just ask! We have some incredible referrals.
Review the DocumentsYou’ve had your loan approved, passed your inspection, the appraisal and title search are complete, and the lender has set a closing date. Take a look at the documents, make sure you have everything, and prepare the money you’ll need for the closing!
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Osage Beach, MO 65065
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