Buying Smart: Easy Finance Hacks for Homebuyers
When it comes to buying a property, knowing is half the battle. In fact, with the right tips and tricks. You can often save serious money on your purchase and ongoing rates. Today, First Financial explores a few of the lesser-known strategies to help you save money throughout the process.
Federal Housing Loans
Depending on your background circumstances it’s sometimes possible to receive support. Sometimes from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in the form of a loan. Unlike traditional lenders, FHA loans allow those with credit scores of 580 or above to pay as little as 3.5 percent on their down payment. FHA-approved lenders insure mortgages on single-family homes, multifamily properties, residential care facilities, and hospitals. Before applying, be sure to carry out research and ascertain the average down payment in your target area or percentage of homes that sell under their list price.
When it comes to purchasing a property, many buyers aren’t aware of the option to ask the seller to pay a portion of the closing cost, and this can stretch to as much as 6%. This could allow you, the buyer, to save thousands of dollars on a purchase and increase your long-term ROI. To explore the option, check the seller’s assist option against your mortgage product – this is also a great opportunity to research the mortgages themselves and determine how much you can afford and which advantage you have. Typically, lenders will compare your credit score, current income, and employment against the amount you want to borrow.
If you’re looking to lower your rate, cash-out refinancing could prove to be a viable option for you. This replaces your current home loan with a bigger mortgage, thereby allowing you to take advantage of built-up equity and access the difference between mortgages. This cash can then go towards any purpose, such as home remodeling or consolidating high-interest debt.
It’s often possible to save money on taxes when purchasing a home if you offer less than the advertised home appraisal price. Via this method, you can often get your taxes lowered to match the purchase price rather than the appraisal price. Although you won’t save cash on the purchase itself, you will save on taxes per year. Just remember, when filing your taxes, interest and property taxes are deductible and can be claimed for savings.
Getting a Home Warranty
You should also consider protecting your home with a home warranty, which covers the repair costs to major appliances. You might be asking yourself, “Is a home warranty worth it?” Bear in mind that the cost of repairing a broken A/C can cost upwards of $5,000! So investing in a home warranty can definitely save you money in the long run, should any such repairs become necessary, whether that’s a busted A/C in the winter or a broken down furnace in the winter.
Many home buyers are unaware that, when it comes to a mortgage application, having a part-time job (or a ‘side hustle’) can help you to qualify. Typically, the borrower must show two-years of history working all jobs simultaneously and will request W2s from each employer. Make sure, however, that you do not enter into a second job too close to the date of your application, as this may be considered a risk to your monthly mortgage payments.
Credit Score Tune-Up
If you want to secure the best rate possible, it’s important to enter into the process with a good credit score – this can save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your loan. In the lead-up to your application, you can boost your score by paying down debts, increasing your credit limits, disputing errors, and more.
For most of us, buying a house is amongst the biggest investments we’ll make in our lifetime. Regardless of if it’s your first time, it’s important to enter into the process armed with the right information and a few handy hacks to boot, whether that pertains to investing in a home warranty or monitoring your credit score.
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