6 things to do before you make an offer on a new house

Before you buy a house do these 6 things

  • Know your credit score
  • Get pre-approved not pre-qualified from a local lender
  • Find a realtor that knows the neighborhood
  • Choose your own home inspector
  • Understand the most important renovations
  • Get the lowest rate on homeowners insurance

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CREDIT SCORE BEFORE YOU MAKE AN OFFER

If you have credit issues or a low credit score there is no need to dream of owning a home until you get your score up

A higher score will allow you to afford more house and get a lower rate on home insurance which will result in a lower monthly mortgage payment

myFICO has a guide to help raise your credit score click here

Thousands of dollars can be saved over the life of loan even with a few points increase on your credit score

It all begins with knowing your credit score

 

GET PRE-APPROVED FROM A LOCAL LENDER

The conversation with a local lender is at no cost to you

The local lender is the guide to help you make a decision if you can buy a home

Most potential homebuyers like to skip this step and talk to a real estate agent

Yes a real estate agent is happy to speak with potential homebuyers but in reality you can’t buy a home unless you know how much home you can afford so any real estate agent that is serious about helping you buy a home will tell you “talk to a local lender”

Local lenders will verify employment, income and your credit score

Local lenders work with your real estate agent to develop the steps needed to get you to the closing table

If you are not ready the local lender will usually have a game plan to get you ready to buy

If you are interested in talking with a local lender here is a recommended local lender with PrimeLending Jason Pippenger

 

FIND A LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

Remember that a real estate agent works for free when you are buying a home because the seller pays your real estate agent’s commission

You get a professional real estate advisor to help you through all phases of the homebuying process at no cost to you

You want to find a real estate agent that understands the neighborhood you are interested in

There are many guides to help find a local realtor but realtor.com has an agent finder site that will allow you to input your interested zip code and it will list real estate agents

You can research by homes sold and homes listed

Local lenders work closely with the top real estate agents in an area so asking your local lender is a good idea

 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN HOME INSPECTION COMPANY

Real estate agents are asked daily from numerous other companies basically begging for referrals

You want to find an independent home inspection company that is not afraid to tell you what is wrong with the house

Would you guess that the majority of homebuyers never read the home inspection report

Why?

Because it is a report of everything that is wrong with house

One homebuyer I was speaking with referred to the home inspection report as the “deal killer”

Another homebuyer bought a house with termite damage because she never read the inspection report and after the closing the home insurance company canceled the policy because termite damage is not covered on a home insurance policy

A local independent home inspection company is Spotlight Home Inspection

 

UNDERSTAND THE MOST IMPORTANT RENOVATIONS

Before you buy a house you need to know the exact year of the update or replacement to the

  • Roof
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating A/C (HVAC)

These are all major discounts on your homeowners insurance

The more recent the replacement of the above items the less you will pay annually for home insurance which will result in a lower monthly mortgage payment

 

FIND THE LOWEST RATE ON HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

Homeowners insurance rates vary by state, zip code and in some cases…by neighborhood

A homebuyer in Hammond could pay $1,000 less for home insurance on the exact same house in New Orleans

Factors that affect the price you pay for homeowners insurance including, but not, limited to

  • Year built
  • Age of home
  • Age of roof
  • Age of plumbing repair/replace
  • Age of a/c heating (hvac) replacement
  • Circuit breakers update
  • Age of homebuyer
  • Credit Score or Insurance Score
  • Shape of Roof (hip shape is better)
  • Brick or Frame siding

 

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