Buying a house can be a complicated process. It’s an important decision, but it’s important to know a few facts before you step into the housing market. The consumer wants to make the process as stress-free and successful as possible. Learning a few crucial things about home buying ahead of time helps.
- Learn the difference between pre-approved and pre-qualified mortgages
Prequalification is a general estimate of how much a person can borrow. Prior approval is different. A lending institution will require certain financial information. Then, based on the information provided, they will issue a pre-approval letter that lets the prospective homebuyer know how much the lending institution is willing to lend. The pre-approval letter helps negotiate the final purchase of the home.
- Budgeting for closing costs
Closing costs can be a deal breaker if a home buyer is unprepared. There are additional fees such as title searches, valuations, recording and sometimes fees for the condominium association. A smart buyer budgets for these expenses regardless of the mortgage. The fees may be part of the final negotiations, and budgeting for them can reduce the sticker shock of the final cost of the property.
- Research all available mortgages
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a traditional source of low-interest loans, but other options are available. For example, a home buyer may qualify for a Veterans Administration (VA) loan or financing from the US Department of Agriculture. It all depends on eligibility. Research helps a person find the right mortgage and potentially save that person thousands of dollars over the life of the loan, and it helps maintain financial wellness.
- Research tax credits and any deductions
Buying a home is one of the most important investments many individuals make in their lifetime. It can be a big burden on financial well-being, and any tax breaks will help ease the burden. For example, interest deductions or housing incentives at the state level are worth investigating. It takes some work, but you’ll thank yourself every year when you file your tax returns.
A home buyer gets a better deal the more that person knows about the process. But unfortunately, first-time buyers sometimes pay for their ignorance. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services wants to help people protect their financial well-being. One of our services is a tutorial program, “Make Your Move.”
It’s part of an employee benefit we offer organizations, in addition to advice from our nationwide network of certified advisors. An employee can learn more about effectively buying a house through this course of study. The actors and essential property conditions are carefully explained and different options are discussed. As a result, people know more about buying their first home when they are ready.
Our certified counselors can provide even more help. These are professionals who help people deal with everyday financial matters. For example, a nationwide advisor can help a member of a financial health plan develop a personal budget that makes mortgage payments more affordable. In addition, the advisors will suggest ways to finance the property purchase that can save large sums of money. We have an advisor in the nationwide client. All members of the financial wellness plan receive priority status.
Every employee benefit that Countrywide offers is intended to help our respective customers’ workforces. The client’s decision maker will tell us which of our financial wellness options should be included in the final plan document. These choices will be included, and they can help with college debt or manage medical bills, among other choices. In addition, Countrywide offers efficient administration and excellent member services.
Buying a house doesn’t have to be a scary story. Countrywide provides information and advice to make the purchase one of the best decisions an employee will ever make. If you would like to know more about what we can do to help your hardworking employees, please feel free to contact us as soon as possible. We have a benefit that you will like.