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Being Smart About Applying For A Real Estate Loan

May 13, 2008
Very few of us are able to afford a house without the benefit of home real estate loans. The trick once we are approved for real estate loans is being able to make the monthly payments and not default on the loan, which will cause the bank to seize our home and ruin our credit history. The trick to getting home loans you can afford is to be smart and plan ahead.

Take a look at your Finances

The first thing you need to do is to sit down before you even start to look at houses. Take a long look at your finances. Consider how much of your take home pay you already use to pay for groceries, childcare, car insurance, and other day-to-day expenses. Since these are bills that you will continue to have when you apply for a home loan, you should not plan money on being available, when the real estate loan's payments are due. When you are thinking about getting a loan for real estate, you should only use money that you know you will have available every month.

How much can you afford?

The other thing you have to consider when you are calculating how large a monthly mortgage loan payment you can afford is the monthly cost of running the home. As a homeowner, you will be responsible for paying your own utilities and the larger the house the larger the utility bills will be. You also have to consider how much homeowner's insurance you will have to pay when you are calculating how large a real estate loans you can qualify for.

Plan carefully

One of the things people do when they are purchasing a house, is they use all of their savings on a down payment. The only thing they can think of is that the larger the down payment the smaller their monthly home loan payments will be. The reality is that, unless the down payment is more then four or five thousand dollars the real estate loans are not significantly reduced. By investing your entire savings into the down payment, you no longer have a nest egg you can use to continue paying your monthly mortgage payments if you get sick, or lose your job. It is far better to keep as much of your savings in a bank so that it is available in event of an emergency.

Once you have found a home you can afford, the paperwork has been signed, and you are moved in, you will be expected to start making payments on that home estate loan you used to pay for the house. Paying monthly real estate loans on time will save you from incurring extra fees and charges. If you fall behind on your home loan you will find that it is difficult to get caught back up, it is far better to make your payments on time and skip dinner a for a few nights then it is to default on your estate mortgage.

Careful planning and budgeting are the keys to getting approved for real estate loans you can afford.
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John is a writer and contributor to Connecticut Homes for Sale and Connecticut Homes for Sale
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