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Buying your own home is an exciting endeavor. However, since it is something that people only do a couple of times in their lifetimes, it's not usually something that people are well-versed in. Below are a few great tips that can make the mortgage process a little easier, whether you are buying your first or fourth house.
Contrary to popular belief, it's best to pick out a home you want to buy before you move on to any other steps in the home buying process (other than saving up the money to afford a down payment on the home). After all, there's little point in doing any paperwork or looking for a bank if you don't even know what house you want to buy. So, do your home search first!
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Before doing anything else, it's best to have all of your paperwork in order. What kind of paperwork do you need to take out a mortgage? Typically, you will need to have tax transcripts, proof of income (pay stubs or W2s), bank statements, and proof that you have previously been able to pay a mortgage or rent on time. Any lending institution you choose will likely require you to have all of these documents, if not more before they consider taking you on for a mortgage loan. These documents are what proves to the lending institution that you will be able to pay off your loan.
Once you have all of your paperwork in order, it's time to look into what lending institution is right for your needs. Different banks, credit unions, etc., will likely all have different interest rates. Whenever possible, it's best to pick the institution that has the lowest interest rate. By doing this, you will end up paying less money in the long run.
So, how do you find a lending institution? One way is to look through the institutions in your home town, or otherwise nearby. Some lending institutions even specific in working in certain places, like Burke Financial in Ontario, Canada. Another way to find a lending institution is to do a simple Google search. Search for a bank and your zip code to find one near you.
Follow these steps in order to make your home buying process as easy as possible. It can sure save a lot of stress, time, and money in the long run. Good luck!
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