1. How does buying a home compare with renting?
Purchasing a home enables you to receive certain tax benefits while building equity that you can capitalize on over time. Owning your own home also gives you the freedom to personalize and decorate as you wish and gives you the personal satisfaction of owning your own home.
2. Should I pre-qualify before I find a property?
Yes, pre-qualification can help determine how much money you will be eligible to borrow before the loan application process occurs. The professionals at Exact Rate Mortgage will ensure that you know upfront how much home you can realistically afford. It also lets realtors and sellers know that you are serious about buying, which ultimate will help you negotiate a better deal.
3. How does a Lender determine how much I can afford?
At Exact Rate Mortgage, we will consider a number of factors when determining your maximum loan amount. Some of these include: your debt-to-income ratio, cash available for down payment, closing costs and credit history.
4. What is an appraisal?
An appraisal compares the current market value of the home you'd like to buy to other homes in the area that have recently been sold. A recent appraisal is necessary to confirm the property's current value.
5. What is an interest rate lock?
An interest rate lock represents the rate that you selected and will be the interest rate used to factor your monthly paymenst. The lock-in secures the interest rate during the process of your loan approval as long as your loan is processed and closed prior to the rate lock expiration date.
6. What are closing costs?
Closing costs are fees that both buyer and seller must pay at closing. They generally include:
7.What documents will I receive at closing?
At closing, you'll sign and receive copies of all legal documents that are recorded and filed for the property you're purchasing. In addition, you will receive information regarding your monthly mortgage payment and servicing information for your new loan.
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