Top 4 Mortgage Questions

While you may want to start searching for your dream home right away, the first step in preparing to buy a home is understanding how much home you can afford. To know this out, you should get pre-qualified or pre-approved by a lender, who will tell you the maximum amount you can mortgage. This will help you start searching within your price range. Now it’s time to prep for your meeting with a lender, so make sure you know the answer to the following questions.top 4 mortgage questions

Who Will Be on the Mortgage?

If you are searching for a home not just for yourself and you have a partner involved, it is important to understand whether just one of you or both of you will go on the mortgage. In some cases, one partner may have better credit or financial standing than the other, so it may be beneficial to have just that one partner on the mortgage. On the other hand, combining two good credit scores and incomes can help increase the amount of the loan.

What Is Your Monthly Budget?

It is important to understand what your monthly budget will be when owning a home. While you may be able to qualify for up to a certain amount on your mortgage, the monthly payment may be more than you can really afford. That is, it would leave you cash poor. Remember that you want to buy a house but also maintain a lifestyle you are comfortable with. Have in mind a monthly payment amount that would achieve this, and you can see what mortgage amount that could get you.

Do You Have Reported Stable Income?

Without a regular income, it is very difficult to get a loan of any kind. For a mortgage, it is important to be able to prove that you have a steady income by providing proof of income. This can be in the form of a paystub. The number of paystubs the lender would like to see can vary, but be sure you know how to access these documents so you can provide them. Also, if you are getting paid “off the books” or “under the table,” you may have a difficult time getting a mortgage.

What Does Your Current Debt Look Like?

Take an assessment of what current debt you have and how much of your income it takes monthly. The lender will look at this to get your debt-to-income ratio, which can determine the confidence the lender may have in you as a borrower. If there is a debt you can easily pay off, then do it to free up more monthly income to put toward your future house and mortgage. It is also important to not take out any additional loans until after you close on your house, as this could change the amount of mortgage you can get.

Also, it is important for negotiation purposes to know how much an extra $1,000 on the mortgage would add to your monthly payment.

If you would like me to refer you to one of the lenders I typically deal with, please feel free to reach out to me.

Refinancing Your Home? Things You Might Not Think of ….

Are you planning to refinance your home? If you’re interested in lowering your mortgage payments, decreasing your interest rate or more, chances are you’ve probably thought about whether or not you should refi your mortgage. Refinancing Your Home

When you’re ready to learn more about preparing for a new mortgage, here are six things you might not think of when refinancing your home.

  1. You’ll have to get an appraisal. You’ll have to get an appraisal when refinancing your home, so keep your house’s value and your savings in mind when determining whether or not you should pursue smaller monthly mortgage payments or a lower interest rate.
  2. You’ll need to pay closing costs. You’ll need to pay closing costs a second time when refinancing your home, so make sure you have an adequate amount of money saved to pay these upfront fees and any other costs associated with a mortgage refi.
  3. You’ll have to think about the interest rate. Are rates higher than they were when you first financed? Are they lower? Even a small difference can mean a lot of money over time. Take into account the full picture: the number of months you’ll be paying the new mortgage and the rate you’ll be paying compared with your current timeline and rate.
  4. You’ll need to get your credit checked. The bank is going to want to check your credit score when you’re refinancing your home, so keep in mind that you won’t be able to negotiate a better deal if your credit score is lower than it was when you were first approved for a mortgage.
  5. You’ll have to go through the same process. To a certain extent, it’s like buying a house all over again, so think back to when you bought your house and make up your mind about whether or not you can dedicate enough time to the effort.
  6. You’ll need to live in your house a long time. Refinancing may not be worth it if you’re planning to move in the near future. Figure out how long you plan to live in your current place and how much your closing costs will be before making the refi decision.

These six things you might not think of when refinancing your home are important to take into account before you start shopping around for a new mortgage. Because a refi can lead to a number of benefits and costs down the road depending on the outcome, you’ll need to prepare for every scenario before making a commitment.

We’re here to help, so if you think refinancing might be right for you, we can help you decide what your next steps should be.

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Smart Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Everyone who buys a home for keeps dreams of the day they make their last house payment. Here are some smart ways to go about paying off early… #mortgage

It’s a goal as cherished as early retirement. Old-fashioned methods can work. The difficulty is disciplining yourself to actually follow through. Step one to paying off your mortgage early is to make a plan. Keep in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day and you are not going to pay off your mortgage in a few months, maybe not even in a couple of years.
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Sadly, the majority of homeowners in the U.S. never even get close. However, there are some smart ways, some tried and true, some you may not have thought about, that will allow you to pay off your mortgage early.

Put Extra Away. Saving every month is a great start. But when you get that income tax refund, instead of going on a shopping spree, put it in your payoff savings account. Any extra money — a bonus, a lottery ticket win, a small inheritance — should all largely go to your payoff savings account.

Ditch the Waste. All work and no play makes you a very dull boy or girl, so ditching the waste doesn’t mean cutting off your cable, although that could add up to a couple thousand dollars a year. It means buy some Folgers instead of stopping at Starbucks every morning for a cup of Joe.

Think about it; $4 a day, five days a week, for 52 weeks each year. That’s over a thousand dollars a year just for a cup of coffee you could make at home for a few cents a week. Here are some other wasteful expenses you can ditch and how much you could save each year.

  • Your Unused Gym Membership – or even your used one — is $40 or $50 dollars a month. That adds up over time. You can exercise at home for free, and modest home equipment will pay for itself.
  • The Latest Gadgets – Changing your cell phone plan alone can save you around $100 per month.
  • Cook a Meal – Fast food, the movies, sit-down restaurants — they all eat up $100 a week out of your budget. That’s right, you’re talking potentially over $5,000 per year you could be saving just by eating in and streaming a movie instead of paying $15 per ticket at the box office.
  • Carpool and Walk – If your corner store is literally down the street, walk or ride a bike, don’t drive. When you go to work, find a carpool. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save on transportation with just those two ideas.

Make Savings Automatic. Saying you are setting aside $200 per month for your payoff amount (above and beyond your regular monthly payments) sounds good, but it only works if you actually do it. Open up a savings account just for your remaining balance, and make that monthly percentage automatic.