10 Steps to Home Ownership!
6. Get Financing
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Often the cost of real estate financing is routinely greater than the original purchase price of a home (after including interest and closing costs). Because financing is so important, home buyers should have as much information as possible regarding mortgage options and costs available to them in the Lafayette, Louisiana or surrounding Acadiana Area (Abbeville, Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Carencro, Crowley, Duson, Eunice, Kaplan, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, Rayne, Scott, Youngsville).
Many of our Local Lenders provide consumers with extensive mortgage information as well as a variety of loan calculators. Kevin Rose your local REALTOR® and licensed Loan Officer can provide mortgage information and referrals to lenders he knows and trust to get your new home purchase or sale to the closing table. In addition, Kevin also originates loans.
What kind of loan?
There are thousands of loans available out there, but in general, the mortgage you choose will likely be determined by at least several key factors:
- How much down? Loans with 5 percent down or less are now widely available -- in fact, loans from local lenders with no money down have appeared more in recent years.
- If you place less than 20 percent down, lenders will want the mortgage guaranteed by an outside third party such as the Veterans Administration (VA), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or a private mortgage insurer (PMI, or private mortgage insurance, is required by lender to protect against any mortgage defaults). More than 2.5 million VA, FHA and PMI loans are generated each year.
- How's your credit? The best rates and terms are only available to those with solid credit. To get the best loans, make a point of paying credit cards, installment payments, rent and mortgage bills in full and on time.
- Are you a first-time buyer? It might seem that "first-time buyer" means someone who has never owned property before, but under most state programs, the term refers to those who do not currently own property. State-backed first-timer programs often feature smaller downpayments and below-market interest rates. For details, speak with Marcee or Kevin Rose today.
How do you get a loan?
To obtain a loan you must complete a written loan application and provide supporting documentation. Specific documents include recent pay stubs, rental checks and tax returns for the past two or three years if you are self-employed. During the prequalification procedure, your local loan officer will describe the type of paperwork required.
Where do you get a loan?
Mortgage financing can be obtained from mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, savings and loan associations, mutual savings banks, commercial banks, credit unions, and insurance companies. A growing number of REALTORS® can also arrange financing.
For more information:
- What is a mortgage?
- How do I get a loan?
- Local Rates and Lender Directory
- Today's Mortgage Rates
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