5 Things NOT to do during the Closing Process!

You’ve gotten your pre-qualification, found a home and now your Lender is working on finalizing your loan…it is important that you NOT do the following 5 things…

# 1 – Change your Marital Status:

How you hold title is affected by your marital status. Be sure to make both your Realtor, Lender and Title Company aware of any changes in your marital status so that the documents can be prepared correctly.

# 2 – Change Jobs:

A job change may result in your loan being denied, particularly if you are taking a lower-paying position or moving into a different field. Don’t think you’re safe because you’ve received approval earlier in the process as your Lender may call your employer to re-verify your employment just prior to funding the loan.

# 3 – Switch Banks or move your money to another institution:

After the Lender has verified your funds at one or more institutions, the money should remain there until needed for the purchase.

# 4 – Pay off existing accounts unless your lender requests it:

If your Loan Officer advises you to pay off certain bills in order to qualify for the loan, follow that advice. Otherwise, leave your accounts as they are until your escrow closes.

# 5 – Make any large purchases:

A major purchase that requires a withdrawal from your verified funds or increases your debt can result in your not qualifing for the loan. A lender may check your credit or re-verify funds at the last minute, so avoid purchases that could impact your loan approval.

As your Realtor, I will remind you of these things, your Lender should remind you as well.  I’m excited about Turning your Dreams into an Address!

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Vicki Reed

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We found the home of your dreams…what’s next?

We’ve found your new home, negotiated the deal, now the real work begins!

As your Realtor, I will deliver the Earnest Money check to the Seller’s Agent – remember, this check will be cashed!  The funds you put down varies with the price of the home – good rule of thumb is 1% of the purchase price…$175,000 home = $1,750.00 Earnest Money.  Earnest Money is a deposit made to a seller showing the buyer’s good faith in a transaction.

I will notify your lender and provide them a copy of your Purchase Agreement. You will work with them to complete your loan process.  It is important that you respond to all of their requests as quickly as possible!  We cannot close on the purchase of your new home until they say we can!

It is important that you schedule a Home Inspection as soon as possible! The clock starts ticking immediately on our time to schedule, complete and request any inspection repairs, 12 – 15 days is standard for most Purchase Agreements.  I recommend Iron Gate Inspection Services, it is not necessary for you to be present for the entire inspection, but you should be there for the last hour so that the inspector can review the report and home with you, and as your Agent, I will stop by the Inspection as well just to make sure everything is going well.  We will work together to review the Inspection Report and formulate an Inspection Response. This is the second round of negotiations.  The key to Inspection Response negotiations is that we share the entire report with the Seller’s Agent and be reasonable in our repair requests.

Closing…finally! Again, until your lender provides “clear to close”, we are at their mercy!  We generally have an idea about when it will be, I will keep and eye process to make certain we are always in compliance with the Purchase Agreement.  I will notify you of when and where the closing will be scheduled and as we near the date…how much money you may need to bring to closing.

The most frequent questions I get about Closing are:

How long will it take to sign all the paperwork?
The closing itself generally takes from 30 to 60 minutes – sometimes longer depending on wire transfers and paperwork.

What do I need to bring to closing?
Buyers and Sellers both need a form of photo ID and any money you owe should be in the form of a cashier’s check – if over $10,000, funds are required to be wired.

As your Agent, it is my job to protect you, fight for you and navigate the process of purchasing a new home…and I am great at my job.  Contact me today and let’s get you a new home!

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Vicki Reed

Power in the Pre-Qual…

Is 2013 the year you make the leap to homeownership?  Before you start looking, it is important that you consult with a mortgage professional as soon as possible!  Check out this video by Don Shanley with the Shanley Team at Inlanta Mortgage “What to Expect if you are a First Time Homebuyer” and visit my website to complete the application (click here)…it’s that simple!

Why do I recommend working with Don Shanley and his team of experts?  Simple…they are as Client Service driven as I am.  I had a previous client interested in purchasing a home, they emailed me on SUNDAY morning that they had completed the application, by 2:00 p.m. SUNDAY afternoon, they had been contacted and their situation discussed and they knew exactly what they needed to do to qualify to purchase a home by 2014…that is CLIENT SERVICE.  Click here to be introduced to the team at Inlanta Mortgage.

So back to Pre-Qualifying…this will tell you how much of a loan you can qualify for and the monthly payment amount you are able to afford, this gives you the first number, the second number is how much you want to spend.   Why are these numbers different?  They aren’t for everyone, but reality is that when I bought my home 6 years ago, I qualified for a mortgage of $190,000!  As a single woman, the idea of spending that much on a home meant no vacations, no dinners out, well you get the idea…I decided that I wanted to spend $125,000 and ended up purchasing at $123,000.  The pre-qualification process outlines your finances – your debt, income, employment, and cash available for down payment, among other things. It’s quick and basic.

Working with a Realtor (that would be me!) and with your pre-qualification letter in hand, the advantages are yours once you find the house you want to make your next home.  Your pre-qualification will make your offer look even better to the seller, they don’t have to worry that they are wasting their time, they will know that you are ready to buy their home!

Are you ready?  Just want to see what properties are available?  You can search on my website for homes, just click here to get started!

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Vicki Reed