Congratulations! You have just taken a step into a new world with the decision to purchase a home. Before you can get a mortgage, you must be able to qualify for one. Lenders take into consideration many different factors when evaluating applicants like you.

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To know if you may qualify for a mortgage, consider these factors:

You Are Able & Willing To Pay

The ability and willingness to pay on a mortgage will go a long way in determining if you will be able to qualify for a mortgage. You should have enough money saved up to not only cover your monthly mortgage payments, but other costs like:

You Have A Good Credit Score

Credit score is an essential part of qualifying for a mortgage. A good credit score shows that you are financially responsible and can get lower mortgage rates. A good credit score will also simplify the loan approval process and help you negotiate larger loans

Order a copy of your credit report from the major credit unions to see what your credit score is and how it can be improved.

You Have Stable, Consistent Income

Lenders will look at your income, including:

  • Gross income
  • Disposable income
  • Discretionary income

Have at least 2 years of income records available to show your lender that you have a stable, consistent income. Lenders want to know that you will be able to pay back the loan as well as be able to pay other debts and daily finances. Your debt-to-income ratio should ideally not exceed 36% percent.

You Can Put Down A Down Payment

Sellers want to know that you will be able to put down a good down payment on the home. The traditional amount is 20% of the purchase price but there are some first time homebuyer programs that will allow you to put as little as 3-10% down.

Qualifying After A Foreclosure

If you have purchased a home in the past and foreclosed, you will have the ability to purchase again in the future. As a boomerang buyer, you must complete a waiting period and:

  • Pay down your debts
  • Reestablish your credit
  • Set a budget
  • Get pre-approved

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The above information is for educational purposes only. All information, loan programs and interest rates are subject to change without notice. All loans subject to underwriter approval. Terms and conditions apply. Always consult an accountant or tax advisor for full eligibility requirements on tax deduction.