January 2, 2019 | Bob Myers

Home Buying Goals? 4 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You from Prep to Purchase

If you’re on the hunt for a new home in the new year you  don’t have to wait for the ball to drop – you can start acting on your new year resolutions now  to prep for one of the biggest  purchases of your life! RE/MAX has put together some top tips if your goal for 2019 is to become a homeowner.

  1. Pinch Those Pennies
    Saving for a down payment on a new home is one of the most important parts of the homebuying process. It’s important to plan out your savings  now if your goal is to purchase a new home in the future. The median sales price of a home in the U.S. is now $235,000.
  2. Check Your Credit
    Make sure there are no surprises on your credit report. One of the first  things your mortgage lender will do is check your credit to determine your debt-to-income ratio to determine how much of a mortgage loan you qualify for.  According to credit-rating company Equifax,  a score of 690 or higher is considered “good.”  If your credit needs clean-up, start working on it now so that your score is up to par before you start the pre-qualification process.
  3. Lock in Your Pre-Approval
    Sitting down with a mortgage lender now can save you time later.  Securing pre-approval on a mortgage will usually lock in an interest  rate for 90 days and allow you to focus on homes that are in your price  range.
  4. Hold Off Hefty Purchases
    Curb any shopping sprees you may have planned.  Big purchases like a new car or a family vacation before buying a house can affect your debt-to-income ratio and can affect how much money a lender is willing to lend to you.
Working with the right real estate agent who has experience can make all the difference.

Please consider The Myers Team your  resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real  estate experience, specializing in the  Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just  have a home related question, please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or  email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.
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