Buying a Home: Prepare by Getting your Finances in Order

Buying a Home: Prepare by Getting your Finances in Order

  • Luci Edwards
  • 05/23/22

(ARA) - For those considering buying a home, the current real estate market presents some unique opportunities. One of the side effects of the economic roller coaster ride of the past few years is that home prices have gone down, and more homes have gone on the market. For buyers, that means more choices and better deals. However, those same tumultuous years can also teach buyers a lesson: Make smart buying decisions and be wise with your finances.

Impulsive buying is never a good idea when it comes to a purchase as significant as a home, but it was something of a trend at the height of the mid-2000s. With banks lending far more cautiously, you need to ensure that your finances are in order - and healthy - to get the best deal on your purchase.

You can take several steps to get ready to buy a home, and you might need to work on them simultaneously. Consider that you'll need to start saving if you haven't already, but you'll also need to review your credit score and do what you can to either maintain it or work toward healthier credit. Both of these tasks will help make the home-buying process better for you.

Your credit is an essential factor in determining how you can get a mortgage. The better your credit is, the more positively you'll be viewed by lenders, leading to better interest rates. And because you'll be paying off your home for years to come, getting the best rate possible is essential.

Start by checking your credit report. You're entitled to one free check of your information from several credit reporting agencies every year. As much as you need to check your account to find out what shape your credit is in, it's also essential to review it for inaccuracies or fraudulent activity, which can hurt your score.

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