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How to Qualify for a Home Loan

Posted by Cal on Nov 14, 2014 3:46:52 PM

 

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Tips to Qualify for Your Home Loan

Posted by Alexa on Jul 7, 2014 10:21:00 AM


1. Keep good records of your finances, including bank statements, tax returns, W-2s, investment accounts and any other assets you own. 

2. Don’t make large purchases with a credit card or loan before applying for and closing on your home loan—it may affect your loan approval.

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Purchase Your First House or Pay Off Student Debt?

Posted by Melissa on Apr 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM


Should I save for a house?
With my income at the time, repaying the minimum on the loans each month wasn't a problem. Interest on three types of loans ranged from 4.5% to 6.8%, which, considering inflation and comparing it to credit card interest rates, wasn't all that bad. Even if I only made minimum payments throughout the course of the repayment period, I would lose just over $5,000 to interest. Although I wanted the loans out of my life, I could live with paying that over time if it meant saving tens of thousands of dollars on a home and mortgage while the market was down.

Drawing a plan
Student loan payments accounted for roughly 20% of my income at the time, while rent and utilities accounted for about 40%. After other expenses, I had around 10% leftover – not enough savings to purchase a house by 2015 like I planned. I needed to save nearly five times more! After all, I wanted to make a 20% down payment.

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