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Basics of Home Buying

Follow these helpful tips when applying for a mortgage to help make the process go smoothly.

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If you know what to expect – and you have a knowledgeable team of real estate and mortgage-lending professionals to assist you – finding and financing your first home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Here’s what you need to know:

Obtain a mortgage preliminary approval before you begin house hunting

  • Learn how much home you can purchase.

  • Strengthen your bargaining position with sellers.

Work with your real estate agent to find the right home

  • Determine your needs and create a wish list of desirable features.

  • Take notes as you preview homes using our house hunting checklist.

Make a purchase offer

  • Your real estate agent presents your offer to the seller, who will then choose to accept, counter or reject the offer.

  • When the price is settled, you and the seller sign a Purchase Agreement, defining the terms of the sale.

Complete the loan application process

If you have already obtained a mortgage preliminary approval, contact your lender and let them know you have a contract on a home. Your mortgage consultant will update your loan application and help you to proceed with the home financing process.

Have the home inspected

If you choose to have a home inspection, hire a professional home inspector after the offer has been accepted to provide an in-depth look at the basic systems of the house, which can reveal any safety hazards and give you a chance to reconsider the deal.

The home will be appraised

An appraisal, required by your mortgage lender, is a formal, written estimate of the home’s current market value.

Obtain title insurance

Title insurance guarantees the property you are purchasing is free of liens or confusion in rights of ownership. It also insures against losses to the property that result from defects in the title or deed.

Close on the property

  • A closing agent coordinates and distributes all the paperwork and funds.

  • Ownership of the property is transferred.

You become the proud owner of your new home!

Whatever your home financing needs, Prosperity Home Mortgage is ready to help with a broad range of programs and services.


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