Home Loans made simple
First time homebuyer? You’ve come to the right place!
Looking at real estate fliers and touring homes is easy. Applying for a home loan and figuring out how to pay for a house – well, that can get complicated. Let us guide you through understanding a home loan.
#1 - A home loan is called a mortgage.
Buying a house is one of the largest investments most people make. Home loan programs are available to those who need to borrow the money and buy a house (which is almost everyone.) The money borrowed and the payment due each month is called a mortgage.
#2 - Home loan options are also called programs.You have choices when it comes to a home loan. Some buyers have more choices than others depending on how much money you make, where the home is located, how much money you have to spend right away and your credit score. There are many options when it comes to home loans and several programs available. Some of them include:
- Conventional loans (also known as regular loans)
- FHA loans
- VA loans
- USDA loans
The best step to determine the right home loan program for you is to call a local mortgage lender you trust. The lender can explain the difference in each program and help you decide which one is best for you.
#3 - Learn the numbers.There are many “numbers” involved in a home loan process. When you apply for a loan, you will have a unique set of figures for you. Here are some numbers that will be figured up into your home loan:
- Purchase price of the home
What you’re offering to pay for the house you want to buy.
- Down payment
The money you have available to buy the house when you apply for your loan.
- Interest rate
Usually a percentage and based off of your credit score. This percentage figures up how much money in interest you will pay during the life of your loan.
- The term of your loan
Typical terms are 15, 20 or 30 years – meaning how long it will take to pay back the loan.
- Monthly payment amount
This is what your mortgage bill will show each month.
#4- Home loans aren’t free – but it doesn’t cost to apply.
It’s FREE to pre-qualify and apply for a home loan. But there are some fees involved when you borrow money to buy a house. Closing costs will apply before your loan is approved. This pays for the processing of the home loan. Also, you will be charged interest on your loan – this works just like any other loan from the bank – interest for borrowing the money will be part of your mortgage payment.
#5- There are tax benefits to home loans.Although home loans do not come free, the government lets you write-off what you pay in interest on your Federal income tax return. Also, if you pay mortgage insurance (MI), you may also write-off this amount.
How do I buy a house?
These are the basics of understanding home loans. If you want to buy a house but haven’t found one yet, go ahead and pre-apply for a home loan now.
If you’ve already found a house and made an offer, we can still help you. Fill out our online application form for a home loan. Our team will be in touch ASAP to collect information about the house you want to buy and get the ball rolling on your financing.
Questions? Call us at 610-345-9100.
Ken and his team were organized, responsive, and always available. He made our financing process smooth from pre-approval to closing. He was able to prepare both a construction/rehab pre-approval and also conventional financing for our home purchase.
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We only had just over a month for have our loan ready. Ken assured us it would be ready. From start of the process to the closing, the process was seamless. Ken's team was efficient, knowledgable and helpful the enter time. They assisted us with everything that was needed and kept us informed the entire time. I would recommend Ken and his team to anyone needing a mortgage.
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Ken recently assisted us with the purchase of our first home. Ken and his team were extremely helpful and informative throughout the entire process. I can not think of one negative thing to be said and very grateful for the professionalism, knowledge and experience that Ken brought to the table. Ken and his team assured that all necessary steps were completed well before settlement and the morning of settlement went through without a hitch. Ken also personally attended settlement with us and answered any questions that we had. A truly great guy and professional!