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Important Things to Avoid Before Buying a Home in Florida

Aug 17, 2007
Florida is blessed with a moderate climate, beaches and beautiful landscapes. It has become the most sought after real estate destination. Warm water, sunny weather and a distinct variety of entertainment have added to the attraction of the place. Homes and land sales have accelerated in recent times. People buying homes in Florida often neglect the major important factors involved, before finalizing the deal.

Prevention is better than cure:

The tempting properties and locales in Florida are difficult to ignore. However, it is very essential to consider some of the significant factors to ensure smooth transactions. You need to avoid:

a) Expensive purchase: It might be appealing to buy new furniture, automobiles, jewelry, electronic appliances or vacations, but you need to hold back these temptations till you close the deal. Investing in costly purchase with a specific store credit card or one of your own credit cards can put your credit worthiness at risk. Many banks consider your bank balance while approving of the mortgage.

b) Job-hopping: It would be better if you do not swap jobs before buying a house in Florida, as lenders might need to view a steady job history. A change in job would be ineffective to your efficiency for taking a mortgage loan, provided you can manage the finances effectively.

c) Switching banks or moving money around: Switching banks or moving your money around would be a bad idea since lenders would need to review package of your loan. You would have to provide them with bank statements for the last two or three months on your checking and saving accounts, money market funds and other liquid assets. In order to eliminate the minutest chance of fraud, most loans to go through a complete tracking of documents, dealing with the source of funds. So, switching banks or even transferring your money from one account to another in the same bank might create an objection to the sanction.

d) Depositing directly to the seller in a FSBO purchase: You need to avoid a good faith deposit to the seller in a related FSBO purchase. According to the rule, your good faith deposit does not belong to the seller till the closing of the deal. The FSBO seller might not be aware that your good faith funds need to be applied to your expenses at the time of closing. You should get a neutral party or an attorney who could put it in a trust account or keep the deposit till the deal is closed. Your purchase contract must include the details on where the funds finally go, after completion of the transaction.

e) Ignore your lenders demands: Disrespecting the requirements of your lender might create problems in obtaining loans. Your loans might have been pre- approved, but that does not mark the end of transactions with lenders. The lender would need certain requirements like copies of your W2s, bank statement and other paperwork in order to process your loan Failure of submission of these requirements would create considerable problems in buying your home.
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