Don’t Pay Another Cent In Rent To Your Landlord…..
It’s a dream we all have-to own our own home and stop paying rent. But if you’re like most renters, you feel trapped within the walls of a house or apartment that doesn’t feel like yours. How could it when you’re not even permitted to bang a nail or two without a hassle. You feel like you’re stuck in the renter’s rut with no way of rising up out of it and owning your own home.
Don’t Feel Trapped Anymore
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been renting, or how insurmountable your financial situation may seem. The truth is, there are some little-known facts that can help you get over the hump, and transfer your status from renter to homeowner. With this information you will begin to see how you really can:
- Save for a downpayment
- Stop lining your landlord’s pockets, and
- Stop wasting thousands of dollars on rent.
6 Little Known Facts That Can Help You Buy Your First Home
The problem that most renters face isn’t your ability to meet a monthly payment. Goodness knows that you must meet this monthly obligation every 30 days already. The problem is accumulating enough capital to make a down-payment on something more permanent.
But saving for this lump sum doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Consider the following 6 important points:
- You can buy a home with much less down than you think.
There are some local or federal government programs (such as first-time buyer programs) to help people get into the housing market. There are several programs that allow for no down payment, or will match a homebuyer dollar for dollar. Finding a qualified mortgage professional that is aware of such programs will give you a good idea of how much money you will need to have.
- You may be able to get your lender to help you with your closing costs.
If you have the money for a down payment, but not closing costs, your lender may be able to give you a credit to help cover these fees. If you have good credit and income, but seem to be a bit short on cash, this is a viable option.
- You may be able to find a seller to help you buy and finance your home.
Some sellers may be willing to hold a second mortgage for you as a “seller take-back”. In this case, the seller becomes your lending institution. Instead of paying this seller a lump-sum full amount for his or her home, you would pay monthly mortgage installments. In addition, a seller can contribute to your closing costs through the proceeds they receive from the sale of their home. Having your own expert Real Estate agent negotiate this for you is very wise, and could mean the difference between a sale or not.
- You may be able to create a cash down payment without actually going into debt.
By borrowing money for certain investments to a specified level, you may be able to generate a significant tax refund for yourself that you can use as a down-payment. While the money borrowed for these investments is technically a loan, the monthly amount paid can be small, and the money invested in both home and investment will be yours in the end. Many companies’ 401K accounts will allow their employees to borrow money solely for the purpose of purchasing a home with no penalties. Check with your company’s HR Representative to see if your company offers such a program.
- You can buy a home even if you have problems with your credit rating.
If you can come up with more than the minimum down-payment, or can secure the loan with other equity, many lending institutions will consider you for a mortgage. Alternatively, a seller take-back mortgage could also help you in this situation. In recent years, several products have opened up to allow credit challenged home buyers the opportunity to purchase a home and re-establish their credit. Finding a qualified mortgage professional that is aware of such programs is of great benefit.
- You can, and should, get preapproved for a home loan before you go looking for a home.
Preapproval is easy, and can give you complete peace-of-mind when shopping for your home. Mortgage experts can obtain written preapproval for you at no cost and no obligation, and it can all be done quite easily over-the-phone. More than just a verbal approval from your lending institution, a written preapproval is as good as money in the bank. It entails a completed credit application, and a certificate which guarantees you a mortgage to the specified level when you find the home you’re looking for.
Consider dealing only with a professional who specializes in mortgages. Enlisting their services can make the difference between obtaining a mortgage, and being stuck in the renter’s rut forever. Typically, there is no cost or obligation to inquire.
There are many important issues you should be aware of that affect you as a renter. Why on earth would you continue to lose thousands by throwing it away on rent when with your agent you could take a few minutes to discuss your specific needs so that you can stop renting and start owning.
This conversation costs you nothing. And, of course, you shouldn’t have to feel obligated to buy a home at the time you review this. But by taking the time to explore your options, and learn about the ways you can afford to buy a home, think how prepared and relaxed you’ll be when you are ready to make this important step.