Are you planning on using a mortgage to help cover the cost of a new home? If so, you will want to prepare your finances and figure out how you will manage all those wallet-draining monthly expenses. Let's take a look at how to run a quick financial health check to ensure you are ready to apply for a mortgage. Update (Or Start) Your Monthly Budget First, it is essential to get the basics out of the way. If you haven't already, it's time to start a monthly budget to keep track of your income and expenses. Once you have a mortgage, it will be important to prioritize your monthly payments so that you don't end up falling behind. Starting a budget is easy and can be done with mobile apps, … [Read more...]
The Do’s And Dont’s Of Making Your Offer More Competitive
Today, the housing market is more competitive than it has ever been in the past. You may have your eyes on your dream home, but how can you make it stand out from the crowd? There are a few tips that you should keep in mind. What are a few things you should do, and what are a few things you should avoid? Do Get A Pre-Approval Letter Because the housing market is so competitive, the seller is probably going to have many offers. The seller wants to make sure that the buyer they choose already has financing lined up. That way, they do not have to worry about the offer falling through. You can prove to the seller that you are making a competitive offer by getting a pre-approval letter. This … [Read more...]
NAHB: Home Builders Concerned Over Housing Market Conditions
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index for November showed builders’ growing concerns over U.S. housing market conditions. November’s index reading dropped five points to 33 as compared to October’s reading of 38 and the November 2021 reading of 83. November’s home builder index reading was the lowest reading since June 2012 except during the pandemic. Readings over 50 indicate that most home builders were positive about housing market conditions. All three index readings that contribute to the HMI reading were also lower. Builder confidence in current housing market conditions fell six points to an index reading of 39. Home builder sentiment … [Read more...]
Is It Best To Put Down A Large Down Payment, Or Be Agile With Your Savings?
Putting down the largest sum of money at your disposal might seem like the best way to go when it comes to your mortgage down payment. There is a certain amount of truth to this, but the reality is bigger is not always better. Ideally, the amount of money you settle on for your mortgage down payment will take into account your monthly budgeting requirements. The Big Advantages Of A Large Down Payment Fewer Mortgage Payments: The larger the down payment, the higher the likelihood that you will be able to afford a shorter mortgage. Unlike some of the other benefits of large down payments, ensuring this perk is available to you is solely dependent on whether or not your post-down payment budget … [Read more...]
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