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Home Buying Basics

Feb 22
11:30
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Category | Prosperity News

Buying a new home can seem overwhelming.  But knowing what to expect – and having a knowledgeable team of real estate and mortgage-lending professionals to assist you – can help make finding and financing your home an exciting and rewarding experience.  Here is a basic overview of the home buying process:

 

1. Obtain a mortgage preliminary approval before you begin house hunting.

  • Learn how much home you can purchase.
  • Strengthen your bargaining position with sellers.

2. Work with your real estate agent to find the right home.

  • Determine your needs and create a wish list of desirable features.
  • Take notes as you preview homes using our house hunting checklist.

3. Make a purchase offer on a home you like.

  • Your real estate agent presents your offer to the seller, who will then choose to accept, counter or reject the offer.
  • When the price is settled, you and the seller sign a Purchase Agreement, defining the terms of the sale.

4. Complete the loan application process.

If you have already obtained a mortgage preliminary approval, contact your lender and let them know you have a contract on a home. Your mortgage consultant will update your loan application and help you to proceed with the home financing process.

5. Have the home inspected.

If you choose to have a home inspection, hire a professional home inspector after the offer has been accepted to provide an in-depth look at the basic systems of the house, which can reveal safety hazards and give you a chance to reconsider the deal.

6. The home will be appraised.

An appraisal, required by your mortgage lender, is a formal, written estimate of the home’s current market value.

7. Obtain title insurance. (where applicable)

Title insurance guarantees the property you are purchasing is free of liens or confusion in rights of ownership, and it also insures against any losses to the property that result from defects in the title or deed.

8. Close on the property.

  • A closing agent coordinates and distributes all the paperwork and funds.
  • Ownership of the property is transferred.

 

And you become the proud owner of your new home!  Our team of mortgage professionals is available to guide you every step of the way to help ensure your home buying process is a smooth one.

Contact a local mortgage consultant, today!

 

 

 

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2019 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


We are pleased to announce that effective February 4, 2019, Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC (Prosperity) has expanded its operations into Alabama, Kansas, and Missouri.  Two teams of knowledgeable and experienced mortgage professionals from HomeServices Lending have joined Prosperity.  These teams, led by regional managers Amy McDonald in Kansas/Missouri and Wendie White in Alabama, will continue to serve real estate professionals, homebuyers and existing homeowners as Prosperity Home Mortgage consultants.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our footprint in the South and Midwest,” said Tim Wilson, CEO of Prosperity Home Mortgage.  “Prosperity continues to be one of the best mortgage companies in the country, and we are looking forward to demonstrating the wealth of knowledge and integrity that our team of mortgage professionals brings to every mortgage transaction—all in support of our mission to deliver an extraordinary home financing experience to our clients.”

Prosperity is focused on growing its business throughout the country in 2019, and the addition of the new teams align with the company’s long-term growth strategy, according to Wilson.

Ron Wivagg, National Sales Support Manager for Prosperity, echoed Wilson’s thoughts.

“Prosperity has built a strong reputation for providing the highest quality of service and support to our clients.  We lead the way with cutting-edge technology and competitive loan products,” said Wivagg.  “I’m confident with our dedication to providing personalized service to every Prosperity customer, we’ll show our clients in Alabama, Kansas and Missouri exactly why we are among the top lenders in the nation.”

Prosperity has ranked as one of the best mortgage companies in the nation by Mortgage Executive Magazine, a publication that spotlights the country’s leading lenders in its annual list of Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America 2017.  Prosperity has earned a position in the top 50 each year since 2014.

Prosperity’s mortgage professionals have the advantages of a large company with excellent resources and state-of-the-art technology, while also maintaining a family approach to business that ensures our clients’ continued real estate success, added Wilson.

The company offers very competitive interest rate pricing and a wide range of mortgage products, including fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, jumbo loans, Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) loans, down payment assistance and bond programs, home equity line of credit programs, and renovation financing.

Prosperity operates 5 regional offices for loan processing, underwriting and closing and is represented by over 210 mortgage consultants operating in Washington, D.C. and 16 states including: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

 

 

 

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2019 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Planning to purchase a home?  You may already expect to make a down payment, pay for closing costs, and make an ongoing monthly mortgage payment for the life of your loan.  But did you know there may be other costs to consider if you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner?  Here are a few additional expenses to keep in mind for your household budget that go beyond your monthly mortgage payment:

Homeowners’ association/condo fees:  If you buy a home within a community represented by a homeowners’ association (HOA) or condominium association, you may be required to pay fees on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis to help cover the cost of maintenance to community structures, amenities and grounds.  These may be included as part of your mortgage payment.  If not, you’ll need to budget for them.

Maintenance, updates & repairs:  Keeping a property in top condition can be costly.  This is particularly true of older homes, where system and appliance warranties may have expired.  Home warranty plans provide repair or replacement coverage for certain built-in appliances and major home systems for a specific length of time.  They can cost a few hundred dollars a year, depending on your mortgage size and where you live.

Utilities: Budgeting for heating, cooling, electricity, natural gas, water/sewage, and trash removal are some of the expenses homeowners may face on a monthly basis.  Before buying a home, consider asking the seller for a record of the last 12 months of utility bills for the home.

Personalization: An expense that catches many buyers off-guard is the cost of updating elements of the home to meet your needs or personal taste.  New furniture, window treatments and lawn care equipment are examples of costs that can quickly add up.  Try to make a list of items you need, and then create a budget to help keep costs under control.

 

Need help figuring out how much you can afford? Get started with our affordability calculator, and contact a local mortgage consultant for additional assistance.

 

 

 

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2019 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Whether you’re buying or selling a home, understanding the role of an appraisal in the home buying process is important.  An appraisal can have a significant impact on your real estate transaction, so here are some common questions about the process:

What is a property appraisal?

A property appraisal is a professional assessment of a home’s value conducted by a licensed appraiser.

What does an appraiser do?

An appraiser evaluates a home’s value by considering various factors such as the home’s features and location, current housing market conditions, and comparison to the sale of similar homes in the area.

How do appraisers provide an unbiased assessment of a home’s value?

An appraiser is a licensed, independent service provider who has no affiliation with a home’s buyer or seller.  Appraisers are paid a flat fee for their service rather than a commission so they are unprejudiced when determining a home’s fair market value.  There are also federal laws that require the appraiser to be unbiased in the performance of the appraisal. 

When does an appraisal take place?

Once a buyer and seller both sign a purchase agreement for a home, the buyer can complete their loan application and continue with the home financing process.  During that time, the buyer’s mortgage lender will order the home’s appraisal.  An appraiser is assigned to assess the home’s value and will submit an appraisal report back to the lender once the appraisal is complete.

What if the appraisal of a home’s value is lower than expected?

If a home’s value is determined to be different than the contract price, and the buyer feels that the estimate is inaccurate, then the buyer may authorize an appraisal reconsideration process.  The buyer, real estate agent or lender may ask an appraiser to:

  • consider additional, appropriate property information,
  • provide further detail, substantiation or explanation for the appraiser’s value conclusion, and/or
  • correct any errors within the appraisal report.

What can be included in the appraisal reconsideration?

To reexamine a home’s value, appraisers may consider:

  • a list of major home improvements or upgrades completed after the original appraisal, such as renovations, landscaping, or replacement of major systems or utilities.
  • a copy of the plat or site plan showing unique or contextual characteristics such as a lot’s size compared to those around it, a desirable view, or even a quiet property away from busy areas.
  • overlooked sales and listings that were used to help determine the home’s price.
  • elements of the appraisal’s comparable properties that were reported incorrectly.
  • the home’s specific circumstances, such as multiple offers, special concessions, or repairs outlined in the contract that would raise the home’s value.

More questions about property appraisals?

Your mortgage consultant will be happy to speak with you directly to help make sure you understand the entire process.

 

 

 

 

This list is only to be used as a guide and is not all-inclusive.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2018 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Want to help your home financing process go more smoothly?  Once you've received a home loan approval, simply understanding issues that can impact the financing process is important. The following topics address potential challenges that may delay your closing date or even impact your ability to obtain a mortgage.

Follow these tips for a smoother financing process:1

DON’T hesitate to inform your mortgage consultant before making changes to your employment.

DON’T stop making payments on existing accounts.

DON’T make major purchases with credit, co-sign another loan, or max out existing credit cards.

DON’T assume closing existing lines of credit or paying off collections or charge-offs will improve your credit score.

DON’T deplete savings to pay off credit debts.

DON’T make large deposits into your bank account(s).

DON’T change bank accounts or transfer funds within existing accounts.

DON’T hesitate to contact your mortgage consultant if you are concerned something will impact your loan.

 

Individual circumstances will vary. Any one of the above mentioned activities may or may not impact the financing process. Questions?  Contact a mortgage consultant near you to discuss the details about your individual situation.

 

 

 

1. This list is only to be used as a guide and is not all-inclusive. Should events arise requiring changes to your credit, income or assets, your mortgage consultant can discuss how these changes may affect your loan application process. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC is not a credit counselor. Information displayed is not credit advice and should not be relied upon or interpreted as such.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance. Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner. Also licensed in District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2018 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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