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Friends and Clients —
There's no doubt about it:
It's a very competitive market today if you are looking to buy a home.
Inventory is near record lows. At the same time, more and more homebuyers are entering the market. This means you will need every advantage to grab that perfect home when you do find it.
One no-brainer aspect of preparing to buy a home is to get pre-approved for a mortgage.
After all, getting pre-approved informs you of how much you can borrow.
It's something you will need to do at a later point anyway.
In our current competitive market, it can mean the difference between having your offer accepted or having to watch your dream home go to somebody else.
You can definitely get a leg up on the competition by starting your home search at the loan office rather than at the open house.
In general, here's what you will need:
Proof of income
At a minimum, lenders will want to see pay stubs from the past 30 days showing your year-to-date income, two years of federal tax returns, and two years of W2 forms from your employer.
Proof of assets
You will need to present statements from your checking, savings, or investment accounts to prove that you have funds for the down payment and closing costs.
Most lenders reserve the best rates for homebuyers with a credit score of 740 or above. You can still qualify for a mortgage with a lower credit score, but a good lender will also recommend ways to improve your credit and qualify for a better loan.
These are the most common things you will need to get pre-approved, though your lender might want to see some other documents as well.
Once you're pre-approved, what happens then?
The lender has committed to lending you a given sum of money for a certain period of time (typically 90 days).
This will make the buying process faster, more convenient, and less stressful. Most importantly, it will make it more likely that your offer for that perfect home gets accepted.
Now, if you are thinking of buying a new home, take a look at some of the great homes that have recently come on the Tampa market:
And if you want to start your home buying process in earnest, give me a call at 813-907-2555. I know several top Tampa mortgage lenders, and I can put you in touch with them.