8 steps to buying your first home
Get pre-approved for your mortgage
It’s important to find a loan officer who can get you preapproved for your budgeted amount. You can then begin your search for your dream home knowing what you can afford. Sellers like buyers who are preapproved.
Though the process is pretty straightforward, it does require that you gather documents such as identifications, bank statements, plus income and asset statements.
Make an offer on the right house
Once your research and Realtor have helped identify the home that’s just right for you, it’s time to put your preapproval to work; it’s time to make an official offer. Don’t worry, it’s a nervous time for everyone. Take a deep breath, trust your instincts and enjoy the moment.
Get the home appraised
The lender ultimately needs to determine if the house you’re buying is worth the price you’re paying. To do this, they perform an appraisal of the property to evaluate if the home’s value matches (or exceeds) the amount of the loan.
If it doesn’t, then you’ll need to talk to your loan officer about your options.
Sign the papers to close the sale
Assuming the appraisal is favorable, then you’re just a few signatures away from making this house your home. These documents will legally bind you and the seller to the terms, as well as initiate the transferring of funds that makes your first-time homebuyer loan official. Congrats!