The stars have aligned and finally, instead of just watching those house hunting shows, it’s your turn to being the search for your first home.
There’s a lot more to homeownership than paying the mortgage loan.
You Can Make Your Space Your Own
Nothing is worse than being stuck in a home where all of the walls are white and you can’t even make your space your own. Owning a home will allow you to paint the walls how’d you like and make any changes you want to make your living space more customized and comfortable.
You Can’t Get Kicked Out By a Landlord
Renters can get an eviction notice unexpectedly if the owner decides to sell the home or rent it to others at any point of time. Owning your home could relieve this unnecessary stress and conflict that can come out of getting kicked out of your living space.
The interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage continued its decline last week, falling further below 4% last week and also falling to a 16-month low, according to a new report from Zillow (Z).
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.81% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, down from 3.96% in the previous week.
According to Zillow’s report, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell last Wednesday, and then hovered around 3.88% for most of the week before falling to the current rate.
“Rates dropped to the lowest level since June 2013 on news that the Federal Reserve has more reservations about the health of the U.S. and global economy than expected, which in turn, may delay rate hikes,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow.
The prospect of buying your first home is really exciting. It’s also a complex process that becomes simplified when you partner with USC Credit Union. We will provide you with the education and guidance you need to buy your first home with confidence.
1. Get your home loan pre-qualified before house hunting. Completing the home loan pre-qualification process demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer and can more quickly obtain a home loan, thereby reducing your chances of losing out to another buyer.