The Ultimate Homebuyer’s Guide: Budgeting & Mortgages
Everything you need to know about setting a budget and getting a mortgage for your new home. After you’ve saved, cleaned up your credit, and done your initial research and set some guidelines for your search, you need to start thinking about financing. It might sound like you’re putting the cart before the horse, but understanding the steps to getting a mortgage and getting a pre-approval letter will give you a significant advantage over other buyers. Many sellers won’t even accept offers from buyers who aren’t pre-approved.
Prime Mortgage Requirements: A Look at Then and Now
One effect of the housing market's collapse has been tougher requirements for prime mortgage loans. While there have been some hints in recent months that lenders are loosening these strict requirements, there remains a wide gulf between previous and current requirements.