If you’re shopping for a home for the first time, you’ve probably heard of an Adjustable Rate Mortgage, or ARM. It’s a type of home loan with an interest rate that changes over time.
You really want to buy a home — after all, it is still a part of the American Dream — but the finances of it can seem overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important to do some thorough prep work before you start looking for a mortgage.
In the past, realtors and people selling homes were looking out for buyers who were pre-approved. Pre-approved was a broad term that could mean anything from a potential buyer who applied for a loan to a buyer whose underwriting was done and they had been approved for a specific amount of money. Pre-Qualified and Pre-Approved were essentially interchangeable.
Like many young couples, Bryan and Allysann looked forward to owning their first home together. They quickly discovered, however, the financial requirements for home ownership can be daunting … even a bit discouraging.
Maybe you’re tired of writing rent checks each month, knowing that your hard-earned salary funds your landlord’s real estate investment. Or that living below a bunch of hard-partying college kids has worn thin, along with your apartment walls, which are more like Egyptian papyrus — and as old, too!
Many seniors avoid seeking help for their money problems, citing reasons such as not wanting to bother people, not knowing who to trust, and feeling ashamed. Yet trying to deal with debt issues alone is often not the best approach. While money problems may be uncomfortable to talk about, there are resources where you can find valuable assistance.
In order for this to be an enjoyable, rewarding and lucrative experience, it’s vital that you’re fully aware of what’s involved and required to be successful. While this article not meant to deter you, it is meant to honestly depict all the responsibilities of property ownership.
Now that you’ve found a property, it’s time to start looking for financing. Talk to several lenders, compare terms and rates and decide if this is someone you can comfortably work with. Yes you need to like them, but you also need to make sure they are someone who can help you understand all the issues associated with purchasing investment property. Pick someone you trust and find easy to work with.
Buying a home is a major commitment. It’s a bit like, well, getting married: you’ve got to be ready and you have to find the right “one.” And, like a marriage, homeownership is a dynamic experience that requires a tremendous amount of care and attention.
My son is not renting his Boston condo, though you may see it listed for rent on Craigslist. Yesterday, an astute woman searching for an apartment in the city spotted the scam ad and contacted my son. It turns out his is one of many properties featured in a common real estate scam.
“When the woman was asked to wire money to a routing number, she became suspicious,” he told me. “She found my name as the owner of public record and reached out to me on Facebook to find out if the ad was legit, and that’s how we discovered the scam. It’s a little unnerving.”