Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Are you REALLY ready to buy a home?

Are you REALLY ready to buy a home?

We are out looking at homes and we see a for sale sign being installed. We call and the agent says it will be in the MLS tomorrow. The agent states that you MUST Pre-qualify with THEIR preferred lender. We have the chance to beat everybody to the property.

Are you ready to supply the following information to their preferred lender?

Is it all packaged in one place where it can be sent within the next 5 minutes?

1 - Last 2 to 3 years of Tax Returns
2 - Recent pay stubs proving year to date earnings
3 - A photocopy of the driver's license
4 - Copy of all recent bank statements
5 - Copy of all investment accounts
6 - Front page of your Credit Report with FICO score (may require their own)
7 - Copy of a completed loan application (may require their own but now easy to complete)
This is the basic for most lenders but they may have other requirements.
These will be needed for each person on the loan.

If you are not ready to provide this info ASAP, you may end up in the middle of a competitive bidding situation instead of the first offer.

Which is your choice? Are you REALLY ready to buy a home?
PS, bring your checkbook for a good faith deposit.

Of course, all this assumes that I have already received your Pre-Approval from a Direct Lender. If not, that is your first step. I can provide you with a referral to a top lender here or almost anywhere in the US or Canada.

If you are buying with ALL cash, you will need:
Recent copies of bank statements (dated within 30 days, including your name, institution & the account numbers with enough money for the purchase & closing costs. Some banks will not allow stock accounts.)

Dennis Smith, ABR, SRES, e-PRO, CDPE, Realtor® DRE# 00476662
Certified Distressed Property Agent

RE/MAX By-the-Sea
Formerly with Taylor Place Real Estate
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760-436-0087, or cell at 760-212-8225 

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