Navigating today’s real estate world can be confusing. Regardless of where you live in the country or whether you are purchasing your first home or your fifth, you are probably in for a few surprises along the way. There are a few steps you can take to ensure a smoother process and eliminate headaches down the road.
First you will want to assemble your real estate dream team. Take time to research the people you are working with and make sure they are familiar with the area you are looking at and the type of home you want to buy. If you are looking at taking advantage of a short sale or bank owned property you will probably want to work with someone who specializes in that area. Likewise, if you are looking for a home in a new area it would benefit you greatly to select a realtor and real estate attorney who are familiar with that county or township’s unique features and real estate practices.
Next you should assembly all of your important financial documents. Regardless of what lending institution you go through they will likely need your tax returns from the past 2 years, last 2 paycheck stubs, balances on your checking and savings accounts and information on your retirement fund and investments. You should also be sure to review your credit report so you can identify any errors and promptly have them removed to avoid delays with your loan. 3 out of 4 credit reports contain inaccurate information, and those mistakes could negatively affect your score. So this is a step you won’t want to miss in the home buying process.
Stay connected. You may want to consider investing in a cell phone plan that allows you to check your email and a fax machine or scanner. You will probably be asked for information or need to respond to your mortgage broker or realtor with little notice. So having the technology to stay connected is vital to a seamless process.
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