Buyer Step 1 - Getting Started
It’s very important to get pre-qualified with a lender to make sure you are looking in the right price range for your new home. It’s quite disappointing to be sure that you can afford $400,000 and find out you only qualify for $140,000! We work with several lenders and have good relationships with our local banks, mortgage companies and several “on-line” lenders. Click here for a list of lenders who have a proven track record with us, but do this prequalification process first….it will help. (Link to Preferred Lender List)
Getting pre-qualified is easier than you think. In fact, you don’t even have to show up at the bank or mortgage company anymore. On Line applications are really easy. Most of the local lenders have on line applications. Check out these links below for some of my preferred lenders.
Many people prefer the one on one advantages of meeting with your loan officer, so making an appointment with any of our preferred lenders is always encouraged.
They will need pay stubs, last 2 years’ taxes and probably some bank statements. See? Not difficult at all! All things that are at your fingertips!
Your lender will pull your credit and you must have a credit score of 640 and above to qualify. There are some income based programs that will allow 620, but you would need to discuss this with the lender. A good place to “precheck” your credit score is CreditKarma it’s free and you can keep track of how your score changes. This is a little different than a mortgage credit score, but you can get an idea of where you’re at. This site also gives you ideas on how to increase your score – sometimes, it’s very simple.