Monday, March 29, 2021

Loans and Lending: How to Get Financing for Your New Home

As the housing market gets tighter, traditional lenders may not have enough flexibility to offer you the money you need in the timeframe you need. Thankfully, there are many private borrowers and FHA alternatives that you can use to fund your house.

New or Existing?

Are you building new or buying an existing home? If you’re buying an existing home that needs some work, you may be able to get short-term lending for the initial purchase, make the repairs to bring the house up to what you need, and then qualify for a traditional mortgage. 

It’s important to be aware that the terms on short term lending can be a bit more expensive than a traditional mortgage. However, you can get the money much more quickly and those dollars will be easier to get approved than a traditional mortgage.

Get Pre-Approved

If you’re working with a realtor, get your documentation together so you can get preapproved for a mortgage with a mortgage broker and have a working idea of the dollars you can qualify for. 

Most of these pre-approvals are what is known as a “soft pull” or a loan approval that doesn’t impact your credit. While talking to the mortgage broker, be prepared to ask about first-time buyer options or down payment loans. There are programs available in some regions that allow you to

  • Borrow enough to meet the down payment requirement
  • Make payments for a set period of time, both the down payment loan and the mortgage
  • Get the remainder of the down payment loan forgiven

Functionally, the down payment loan becomes a grant once you’ve been in the house for a particular number of months or years.

Credit Rating

For those that are planning to build, be very careful with your spending and payment habits once you’re preapproved. You want your credit rating to be as high as it was at the time of preapproval, and higher is even better. 

If you’re building, you may need to re-qualify for the loan in the event of construction delays.

It’s been a very uncertain couple of years and the housing market is very tight. If you find a neighborhood and a home that suits you well, you may have to make a couple of different applications to get fully funded for your region. Keep going so you have dollars in place when you’re ready to shop.

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