Finances in Order?

Get Your Finances in Order: To-Do List

Home Buyer, Get Finances in Order
Home Buyer, Get Finances in Order

Finances; are your’s in order? That’s first step in getting ready to buy a home. By following these steps your finances will be prepared when buying a home; have the information available for potential lenders while using the best negotiating strategy by getting pre-approved.

Develop a household budget

Instead of creating a budget of what you’d like to spend, use receipts to create a budget that reflects your actual spending habits over the last several months. This approach will factor in unexpected expenses, such as car repairs, as well as predictable costs such as rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, and groceries.

Reduce your debt

Lenders generally look for your total finances including a debt load of no more than 36 percent of income. This figure includes your rent or mortgage, which typically ranges between 25 and 28 percent of your net household income. So you need to get monthly payments on the rest of your installment debt – car loans, student loans, and revolving balances on credit cards – down to between 8 and 10 percent of your net monthly income.

Look for ways to save

You probably know how much you spend on rent or mortgage payments and utilities, but little expenses add up, too. Try writing down everything you spend for one month. You’ll probably spot some great ways to save, whether it’s cutting out that morning trip to Starbucks or eating dinner at home more often.

Increase your income

Now’s the time to ask for a raise! If that’s not an option, you may want to consider taking on a second job to get your income at a level high enough to qualify for the home you want.

Save for a down payment

Determine how much of the equity from your current home you will have available or designate a certain amount of money each month to put away in your savings account. Although it’s possible to get a mortgage with only 5 percent down, or even less, you can usually get a better rate if you put down a larger percentage of the total purchase. Aim for a 20 percent down payment.

When you start to explore your mortgage options, you may hear the term “jumbo loan.” A loan is considered a jumbo if it exceeds what is known as the conforming loan limit. The current conforming loan limit for a NC single-family home is $417,000. Qualifying for a jumbo loan usually requires lower debt-to-income ratios, higher credit scores, larger down payments, and higher reserves (or emergency funds) than conforming loans.  To avoid “jumbo loans” you can put more cash toward the down payment therefore you will borrow less. This could be especially helpful to you if the mortgage you are considering is only slightly above the conforming loan limit.

Keep your job

While you don’t need to be in the same job forever to qualify for a home loan, having a job for less than two years may mean you have to pay a higher interest rate.

Establish a good credit history

Get a credit card and make payments by the due date. Do the same for all your other bills, too. Pay off the entire balance each month. If there are problems with your credit history you will need to correct them as soon as possible.

Buyer Tip Videos

Visit my YouTube Channel’s “Home Buying Tips” playlists. There are many helpful home buying videos to watch.

More Home Buying Tips

If you planning to buy real estate in the Lake Norman area, make sure you’re ready. Several steps to getting your finances in order, checking on your credit score, learn ways to improve your credit, follow a lender checklist and explore real home ownership costs.

Find more information about the home buying process, how to find a Realtor, some property search tips, what happens from contract to closing.

Compare Lake Norman Towns

Moving to the Lake Norman area? No town has the same personalty. Which town matches your lifestyle? Compare these Lake Norman towns before you buy real estate – CorneliusDavidson, Denver, Huntersville and Mooresville.

Living on Lake Norman

Find Lake Norman Information; the lake towns and counties on the lake. Whether you are purchasing Lake Norman waterfront real estate or planning on boating or fishing on Lake Norman you’ll want to know where there is lake access with boat ramps and marinas. You might even decide to join one of the many boating clubs on the lake.

Lake Norman Real Estate

Planning on home buying or selling a home in the lake area? Search MLS listings that are up-to-date and accurate for Lake Norman real estate for sale, Cornelius NC real estate, Davidson NC real estate, Denver NC real estateHuntersville NC real estate and Mooresville NC real estate. Don’t forget to search Lake Norman waterfront property. In conclusion, you’ll need to compare these properties, the amenities they offer and the true costs of living in each town.

Useful Links & News

Don’t forget to view Lake Norman links for more information about the entire Charlotte region. Stay up-to-date on the Lake Norman housing trends. Consequently, these sales trends are just as important to home buyers as for home sellers to know.

Thank You for Visiting

The real estate in Lake Norman offers something for every lifestyle. Learn more about Robin A Puckett. Matching homes with lifestyles is the basis for Robin’s Lake Norman real estate business. Therefore, contact Robin if you have any questions.