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Buying Your First House? Two Tips To Help Prepare You For The Process

by Arnold Gomez

Buying your first home can be a very exciting time. You are likely thinking about all of the different things you'll do to make your house look the way it does in your dreams. However, if you've never purchased a home, you may not know very much about the home-buying journey. Use this information to learn two tips that can prepare you for what to expect during the home-buying process.

Always Have A Backup Plan

The first thing you want to do when you're buying a house is have a backup plan. This is very important, because a number of changes could occur while you're waiting to finalize the deal.

For example, you may have put a bid in on a house and be super ready to close and move in. However, during the home inspection, there could be some things uncovered that must be fixed before the bank will disperse the loan. If the current homeowner doesn't fix these items by a stated deadline, the bank could refuse to issue the mortgage. If you've already given your landlord notice that you were moving out on a certain date, and they've signed new tenants, you could find yourself without a place to stay.

That's why you absolutely must have a backup plan. Have enough funds available so that if there is a delay in the deal, you'll be able to check into a hotel or rent another house until everything is finalized. 

Have Your Documents In Order

When you are initially approved for a mortgage, it is oftentimes conditional. What this means is that more information will likely be required along the way, so you need to be prepared to produce documents when they are needed.

You may have to dig up old tax records, as well as wage and bank account statements. Some mortgage lenders need to see an extensive financial history to make sure that you'll be able to repay the loan. The information may be time sensitive, meaning that you need to submit the documents in a limited amount of time. If you are prepared in advance with all of the documentation in place, you'll be able to produce it right away so you won't risk losing your loan.

Preparing for the home buying process doesn't have to be difficult if you know what to do. When you're looking at real estate and buying your first house, keep these tips in mind so you can be ready for the ride.