buying your first home - what you should know

Top Things To Do Before Shopping For A New Home

If you want a new home, you will want to make sure that you are fully prepared for the process of obtaining a new property. To help you with that, you will want to take a few moments of your time to review the following points.

Double Check Your Credit Reports

Even if believe that you have good credit because you have been paying all of your bills on time, there could still be some problems on your credit reports that could prevent you from getting the home of your dreams. You will want to pull your credit report from all of the reporting agencies because each report could have something different reported on it. There could be some old debts on the reports that should have been removed but never have. Information could have been inaccurately reported. You could even have debt that does not even belong to you reported in your files due to an error. You will want to do this with plenty of time to spare before you go shopping for a house so there will be time to fix any errors that you come across.

Reduce Your Debt-To-Income Ratio

Once you find the home of your dreams, you find yourself applying for a home loan. Lenders take a close look at your debt-to-income ratio. They want to make sure that you have enough room in your budget to not only afford the house, but that you can afford it without the payment making you completely broke. This is to help prevent as many loan defaults as possible, as defaulting on a house loan can lead to foreclosure. Therefore, you will want to take some money to pay off some debts. You will also want to try to increase your income as much as possible, whether you obtain a second job or work some overtime consistently.

Search For A Co-Signer

You might not need one, but if it turns out that you do, it would be easier to already know who you can turn to for help. Make sure that you are looking for a co-signer with a good credit score in order to increase your odds of getting approved for the loan with his or her help. Also, once you have established a better credit history or increased your income substantially, you may be able to finance the mortgage. At that time, you may be able to have the co-signer's name removed from the loan.

With those few tips in mind, you should find that you are much better prepared to start shopping for a new home.

Keep these tips in mind and talk with real estate agents, such as those at The SRQ Duo, for more information and tips.