What You Should Know About the Homebuying Process

Updated: Apr 7

At Security First Financial, we know buying your first home is a big decision and we want you to feel confident.

Learn more about the homebuying process so you’ll know what to expect when you’re ready to buy a place of your own.

Explore Your Options

Security First Financial offers hundreds of loan options. When you’re ready to buy a home, meet with a Loan Originator to get personalized advice about the many options available.

Common options include FHA loans, VA loans, USDA loans, and Conventional loans. In many cases, you can get a loan with 100% financing* or a low down payment. Your Loan Originator will talk to you about your goals and financial situation to help you find the loan that’s right for your specific needs.

Get Prequalified

Before you start shopping for a home, meet with your Loan Originator to get prequalified. The lender will look at your credit score, income, assets, debts, and more to get an idea of how much you can afford to borrow.

Getting prequalified for a loan is faster and less official than getting pre-approved. You’ll get a rough estimate of how much you’ll be able to borrow; use this information to set a budget when house shopping. A prequalification letter can also help you make a stronger offer when you pick a home you like.

3 Great Reasons to get Prequalified when Buying a Home

Shop for a Home

Once you’re prequalified, it’s time to start looking for homes in your budget. In many cases, a real estate agent can help you navigate the market; if you need help finding an agent, ask your Loan Originator for a suggestion.

Set your priorities ahead of time to make it easier to choose a home. Then share those priorities with your real estate agent.

Once you’ve picked a home, your agent can help you prepare a competitive offer. Be sure to schedule a home inspection to make sure everything is in good shape.

Complete the Loan Process

Your loan originator can walk you through the loan process step by step. They will arrange for an appraisal to get an independent estimate of the home’s value. You will also likely be asked to provide documentation. Keep the process moving smoothly by getting requested documents to your Loan Originator quickly.

Documents you may need to provide include:

  • Signed purchase contract

  • Pay stubs for the last 30 days

  • W-2s for the past two years

  • Tax returns for the past two years

  • Bank statements for the past two months

  • Homeowners insurance policy

  • Most recent quarterly 401(k) or other asset statements (if applicable)

  • Veterans: DD214, LES, or NGB22 forms (if applicable)

  • Name of preferred title company

5 Easy Steps of the Home Loan Process

Close on Your Home

When the loan is ready to close, you’ll review and sign documents. Your Loan Originator can answer any questions you have about the paperwork. When the loan is funded and closed, you’ll get the keys to your new home!

Contact your local SFF Loan Originators to learn more about the homebuying process.

Original blog post by Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.

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