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The Long-Drawn House-Buying Process

Oct 12, 2007
Buying a house is a long drawn process. It could take anywhere from two months to longer. Shopping around for an affordable house is only among the last steps that have to be taken. A good deal of preparatory work must be carried out prior to that. A potential house buyer has to meet with the real estate agents and the loan providers. The house buyer will have to see to it that he possesses enough money to make a down payment. He also has to ensure that the ensure that the price that he is being quoted for the house is an accurate one.

Thus, the process of house buying is not the easiest thing. There are many issues that must be taken care of both before and after the house-shopping process. In fact, even before one starts looking for a home, one must make sure that one's credit is in order, that there are sufficient savings to pay for the down payment, and that the amount on the salary slip is enough to pay off the monthly loan installments. Most of us cannot afford to purchase a house using liquid cash. Thus, the mortgage has become essential.

However, mortgage lenders generally require every house buyer to take care of a lot of formalities. For one, the credit score of the person seeking to buy a house should be good. A bad credit score would mean that you would not have access to the biggest discounts in the loan markets. Lower rates of interest and flexible terms of repayment are easily available to people who have a good credit score. Those with bad scores have to make do with deals that can be a strain on the pocket.

Putting all your documents in order is also a necessary step. Make sure that you have all your documents ready before you submit that loan application. A house mortgage usually requires far more documentation than do other kinds of loans both secured and unsecured. The mortgage being a long term involvement between the lender and the borrower, the former must do a good deal of homework to ascertain the creditworthiness of the latter. Thus, make sure you maintain good credit. This would go far in making it simpler for you to secure great housing loans.

At the same time, make sure that you think about your own budget first. What is the point of purchasing a house and then promptly being broke for months after that?
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