Harriet Goodove
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty
600 22ND STREET SUITE 101
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23451
office:757.422.2200
mobile:757.754.3902
fax:757.422.2631
hgoodove@bhhstowne.com

Emily Nied
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty
600 22ND STREET SUITE 101
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23451
office:757.422.2200
mobile:757.338.0508
fax:757.422.2631
enied@bhhstowne.com




Financing Roadmap

Getting Started Shop for a Loan Know the Numbers Get Pre-Approved Application & Processing Funding

Start a Green File
A Green File should contain all of your important financial documents. Regardless of the loan type, lenders will need information about you. Make copies of financial statements; bank accounts, investments, credit cards, auto loans, recent pay stubs and two years’ tax returns.

Check Your Credit Rating
Credit scores range between 400 and 800. 620 + is considered “good”. 680 + is considered “premium” and may possibly help get you a lower interest rate.

Below you will find the contact information for the 3 major credit reporting agencies to help you determine your credit rating. Ask your lender how to improve your credit score if you need to. Going forward, treat your credit like gold.

Equifax http://www.equifax.com (800) 685-1111
Experian http://www.experian.com (800) 392-1122
Trans Union http://www.transunion.com (800) 888-4213

Savings & Debt
If you are buying real estate, try to accumulate funds towards your down payment, closing costs (appraisal, miscellaneous fees, escrow, title insurance, etc.) and expenses such as inspections. Furthermore, try to pay down existing revolving and high interest rate debt like credit cards.

Toe The Line
Now is not a good time to change careers, move your money around, or buy big ticket items. Lenders like stability. So if you are considering any major changes, it pays to meet with a lender and ask them how to proceed before you make any changes! If you are tempted to buy a big ticket item, consider the following:

A $500 a month debt payment (like a credit card or auto loan) could lower the amount of home you can afford by about $83,000! *

* Based on a 30 year mortgage at 6% interest.


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