Choosing The Right Home

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Choosing The Right HomeChoosing the right home to purchase isn't a decision that should be make quickly, there are many factors to consider before taking the plunge and buying a home. What ever type of home you choose the good news is you can afford more of a home because current mortgage rates are near all-time lows. 30 year mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 percent but you can find lenders quoting 30 year rates as low as 3.375 percent if you're willing to pay points up front.

There are several different types of homes one can choose from, single family, townhome, condo, fixer upper, etc. Depending on what stage of life you're in will probably be the biggest deciding factor on what type of home to choose. Each type of home has a different initial cost to buy, ongoing costs to maintain, and comes with it's pros and cons.
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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Rate
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PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
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300000
Purchase
4.417%
4.250%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
11/12/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,476
Fees in APR: $6,000
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Rocket Mortgage
Rocket Mortgage
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300000
Purchase
4.155%
3.990%
USD
Rocket Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 3030
11/12/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,431
Fees in APR: $6,000
From the lender: We can close your loan in less than a month!
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from New American Funding
New American Funding
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300000
Purchase
3.408%
3.250%
USD
New American Funding Logo
NMLS # 6606
11/12/2019
at 2.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,306
Fees in APR: $6,000
Direct lender specializing in helping you save money on your home loan.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
https:https://mortgagerates.icanbuy.com/images/lenderslogos/111724.gif
300000
Purchase
4.417%
4.250%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
11/12/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,476
Fees in APR: $6,000
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Rocket Mortgage
Rocket Mortgage
https:https://mortgagerates.icanbuy.com/images/lenderslogos/111574.gif
300000
Purchase
4.155%
3.990%
USD
Rocket Mortgage Logo
NMLS # 3030
11/12/2019
at 2.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,431
Fees in APR: $6,000
From the lender: We can close your loan in less than a month!
 

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Single Family-Home


Single family-homes are one unit structures that have open space on all four sides and are not attached to any other home. Single family homes come in many different styles and sizes, giving you many options to choose from when you're searching for the home that suits you best. Since these homes usually are more expensive than other options types of homes and require more maintenance inside and outside.

Condominiums (Condos)


Condominiums have separate living spaces that may be attached or detached to one another. Newer condos usually have special features like a common area, fitness center possibly a recreation area. Condo buildings belong
to an association made up of all of its owners of the individual condo units.

An association is in charge of determining rules and regulations of the building as well as the monthly assessment fees that are used to maintain the common areas. Since the association handles the up keep of the building, owning a condo has very low physical maintenance for the owners but you do pay a monthly fee to pay for the convenience. On top of the monthly fee you also have to pay your mortgage and any taxes property taxes assessed to your condo.

Townhomes


Townhomes are usually attached to each other, are vertical in design and sometimes have an attached garage with one or more parking spaces. Townhomes are also typically two stories and the living space usually downstairs and the bedrooms are upstairs. Townhomes can be part of a homeowners association like a condo. You can pay a monthly maintenance fee and have the benefit of not having to deal with exterior maintenance by yourself.

Fixer-Upper


Fixer-uppers can be any type of home that is in need of either extensive repairs or updating. The price point to purchase a fixer-upper is usually much less than a comparable home that doesn't need repairs or updating. If you're willing to put in "sweat equity" you can put your personal touch on the home and in the process create equity. Buyers of a fixer-upper need to be prepared for additional costs due to the repairs or updating the home needs. Be sure to get the home professionally inspected and figure out what the costs will be to repair or update the home.

Getting a Pre-Qualifying Letter


Whatever type of home you decide on the next step is to figure out how much home you can afford. A mortgage broker can help you through this process using industry standard practices. Once you figure out how much home you can afford, and how much home your comfortable with paying for each month, ask the mortgage broker for a pre-qualifying letter. This letter will show real estate agents and sellers that you a series buyer that is ready to purchase a home.
 
Author: Brian McKay
October 22nd, 2019