Home Buying Guide

The spring is considered a peak season for purchasing a home. Therefore one needs to be knowledgeable and up to date to grasp the best available options to match our budgets.

Decision Making

Credit companies urge people to purchase new homes (no surprise there) and renew their mortgages before interest jumps. Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions we’ll make in our lives so of course there are factors are very important factors to be taken into consideration when seeking out the perfect residence. Credit lenders, mortgage support plans, overall real estate market, in-house inventory, interest charges and market competition, all these factors have to be taken into account. The more you understand them, the better equipped you are to take advantage of them, – instead of the reverse.

In December of 2016, the average interest rates charged over fixed rate loans were about 4%, higher than the 3.5% charged in the month of August of 2016.  Before January 20th, 2017, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department were about to reduce the credit insurance premiums, however the Trump administration intervened and interest charges gradually rose.

Certain local markets are now seeing homes on sale in the range of 10-20 thousand USD in excess of the advertised value.

Mortgage Programs

First things first, the lender has to be registered with a credit lender. Lenders may suggest customized loan plans that match the customer’s earnings. There are also government plans that support purchase processes in various regions and plans that assist in providing down payment solutions.  The HUD web portal offers a fine platform to search for information on credit programs, rules and policies etc.

FHA Loans

These mortgages are insured by Federal Housing Administration. These plans present eye-catching debt share offers with reduced down payments. Clients bear the credit insurance which keeps the lender protected from any loss in case the borrower defaults on the loan. Borrowers may attain FHA credit with a 3.5% down payment along with a credit score of about 600 and above.  The lender should be approved by FHA and the residence is required to pass FHA inspection procedures before said loan can be given.  For more information on FHA loans, click here.