Real Estate 101: What To Do Before Buying A Home

Are you looking for the perfect Memphis home that you can live in? A place where you can spend the rest of your life growing old with your loving partner? If you are then you must know that looking for the perfect home can be quite a tough task. Searching for a home is very complicated as the processes are very complex and time consuming although with a help of an agent, it might get easier and faster.

But even with a capable realtor, you must know the things you must do first to prepare yourself and give yourself a higher chance for a successful purchase.

1. Know what you can afford
This is very important because the amount of money you are willing to spend or invest on a property will become the basis for your search. The amount you may spend on a home should not exceed 31% of your total income. What you can do is to set a realistic budget that you know you can afford.

2. Prepare yourself for down payments and closing costs
Down payments are something you cannot avoid so it is always better if you prepare yourself and save up some money in the case you would need to make a down payment or pay for closing costs so that the property will be off the listings and you won’t have to worry about competition anymore.

3. Savings account
When you are looking to borrow money from a lender, you can increase your chance for a loan by saving up money in a bank account. Know that lenders do not really want to lend money to those people who live from their paycheck to paycheck. Remember to save some of the paycheck in a savings account.

4. Get a preapproval from your mortgage
The preapproval process for mortgage is now more extensive than the years before. You might be wondering why you would need to get a preapproval for a mortgage when you are already looking for a place to permanently reside in but you should know that it would definitely increase your chances of a successful purchase.

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