Mortgage 101 – A Beginner’s Guide

Are you a new homebuyer in need of a “Mortgage 101” handbook? We’re here for you.

Almost everyone who buys a home for the first time has many questions throughout the process. That’s why we’re providing you with a crash course on the basics of mortgages that will answer the most common questions about the process and what it involves.

Q: What is a mortgage loan?

A: A mortgage loan is a loan used to finance the purchase of your home. It is essentially a contract in which a borrower’s property is pledged as security for a loan that is repaid on an installment basis. There are many different types of mortgage loans available, so it’s important to talk to a mortgage advisor who can help you find the right loan program for your specific financial situation.

Q: How do mortgage rates work?

A: Mortgage rates are important and complex. Your rate, along with many other factors, determines your monthly payment cost. Things like inflation, government bonds and state of the economy also contribute to the rise and fall of mortgage rates.

Q: How do I qualify for a mortgage?

A: First, you will need to apply with a lender who will gather all necessary information about your income & debts to determine how much you can afford for a home and what you qualify for.

Q: What is the first step in the process?

A: The first step in the purchase process involves working with a loan advisor to apply and get pre-approved. This means that your loan advisor will need to collect documentation like bank statements and W2s to verify your income and determine your ability to repay the loan. It’s important to keep in mind that there are no rules carved in stone for this process, and that each applicant is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Why do I need to get preapproved?

A: Getting a pre-approval from a trusted lender is a powerful tool for homebuyers and is recommended before you even begin home shopping. A pre-approval will help determine your budget and provide peace of mind throughout the process. Plus, you can get ahead of your competition and increase your buying power to expedite your closing. Click this link to apply to get your free pre-approval with Inlanta today.

Q: What credit score do I need?

A: Minimum credit score needed depends on the type of loan you qualify for, however, certain loan programs accept FICO scores as low as 581. Contact your loan advisor directly for more on credit requirements and what goes into determining creditworthiness.

Q: How long does the mortgage process take?

A: The national average for the mortgage process falls around 40 days, however, certain factors can make the process move faster than average and help you close sooner on your home.

Q: How much do I need for a down payment?

A: You may have heard the myth that you need 20% down to purchase a home. In reality, the down payment amount needed to buy a home will depend on multiple factors, such as loan program type, credit score, home price/loan amount and more. Certain loan programs, such as VA loans, offer the benefit of low or no down payment options, and others, like FHA loans, offer as low as a 3.5% down payment.

In Conclusion

Understanding the loan process and knowing the basics of mortgages will increase your confidence, making the process less complicated as you seek to purchase your home. For more on home buying basics, contact your local Inlanta Mortgage loan expert today!

5 Ways to Love Your Home

5 Ways to Love Your Home

Whether you’ve just bought a new home or you’ve been in your space for many years, loving where you live is important. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 5 ways you can make your home a place you’re proud of.

Make it Personal

Display photos of your favorite memories with loved ones or try painting an accent wall in your favorite color and using that color in your accessories. Create an art gallery to display your kids’ artwork in a creative fashion. Showcase your Star Wars lightsaber collection (or any of your other favorite collectibles). Whatever makes you, you, give it its own special place in your home where you will see it regularly. Adding a personal touch goes a long way in making your home feel like your own.

Add Natural Beauty

Buy a plant or flowers to add a touch of nature to your home.  Many living plants are air purifiers, bringing an actual breath of fresh air into your home. Don’t have a green thumb? These plants are low maintenance and air purifying (win-win). Plants and flowers also boost your mood when you see them, which can be especially helpful during the cold and dreary winter months when you’re dreaming about spring & summer. 

Create a Zen Area

Create an area in your home that is dedicated to peace and relaxation. Whether it’s a special reading nook for you to cozy up with your favorite book in or a space dedicated to meditation, prayer or yoga, find a place in your home (or your garden) where you can retreat when you need time to reconnect with yourself and re-focus your mind.

Clean, De-clutter and Organize

Seeing a mess can cause definite stress, so keeping your home clean, organized, and de-cluttered is key to enjoying your home. Before you purchase any new items, find 10 items and either donate (if they’re in good condition) or throw them away (if they’re broken). Purchase some inexpensive storage containers at the Dollar Store or your local thrift shop to help manage the mess. You can even turn cleaning and de-cluttering into a game: set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can de-clutter and organize before the timer runs out.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

It can be easy to focus on all of the areas that your home lacks – maybe it’s a fixer-upper and you haven’t been able to make those improvements yet (if you need financing, we can help). Taking time to remember the reasons you said “yes” to this home in the first place can help you realize that there is plenty to be grateful for. Practice gratitude and give thanks for all that your house has been able to provide you. When you count your blessings instead of your shortcomings, you instantly feel happier and more satisfied.

If you’re looking for a new home to LOVE, contact your local Inlanta Mortgage loan adviser today!