Applying for a house: Here's what's involved

by TEAM Metrowest 05/14/2023

Do you know all the steps involved in applying for a house? The process begins long before you even find the property itself. The mortgage application process can seem daunting and confusing, but the more you prepare, the smoother your experience will be.

Here are the major parts of the process to know:

Know basic mortgage loan requirements

Mortgage loans have basic minimum requirements for you to qualify. Most of these criteria are financial factors, but things like property type also come into account. Some metrics a mortgage lender will consider before giving you a loan estimate are your debt to income ratio, credit score, income and assets. 

Apply with multiple mortgage lenders

Many first-time homebuyers are unaware they have room to negotiate loan estimates. Lenders can be flexible about their rates and fees offered. 

You can shop around and compare prices with other customers. In some cases, you may use it as a bargaining tool in order for a lender to lower your rates. Checking multiple mortgage rates helps you understand how much money you really qualify for.

Get mortgage preapproval before making an offer

Lenders examine your finances - bank statements, taxable return, salary stubs, credit and credit history - and determine the cost for a new home purchase. By obtaining a preapproval letter from a lender before making an offer or even beginning your home search, you can be certain you’ll have the financing you need. 

Also, you’ll have a better idea of how much house you can afford, and a better chance your eventual offer is accepted by the seller. 

Avoid taking on new debts

Mortgage underwriters will evaluate your credit report based on monthly payments of your debt and total income. If you have too many credit cards in one month to repay your loan, your credit score can take a hit - and the lender will notice. To avoid this situation, don’t apply for any credit cards, credit lines or loans while applying for a mortgage.

Other factors to consider

Lenders do not consider your lifestyle or your personal expenses when you apply for a loan, so be sure you include additional housekeeping costs into your financial plan. Interest rate and down payment amount are both major factors in determining the amount of your mortgage payments, but don’t forget to factor your other costs into a budget.

When you apply for a mortgage, you’ll likely be taking on the biggest financial debt of your life. It’s no small undertaking, but it is possible to choose the best loan for you. Keep these basics in mind to keep your process as simple as possible.

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TEAM Metrowest

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Consummate professionals who take your business seriously, this dynamic team employs thirty years of leadership, mentoring and management to adeptly serve their real estate clientele. Nicole and Robin, better known as TEAM Metrowest, have been a top producing team since their entry into real estate in 2009 with over 350 homes sold in over 70 cities and towns throughout the greater Boston and Metrowest areas.  Clients can count on prompt communications and a focus on details from a TEAM that cares as much about their client’s goals as they do about making a sale. In a business reliant upon referrals and repeat business, TEAM Metrowest prides itself on over 90% of their business coming directly from past clients.