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Sandra Warfield
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10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership


  1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.
  2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.
  3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.
  4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.
  5. Get your credit in order. Obtain a copy of your credit report to make sure it is accurate and to correct any errors immediately. A credit report provides a history of your credit, bad debts, and any late payments.
  6. Determine your mortgage qualifications. How large of mortgage do you qualify for? Also, explore different loan options — such as 30-year or 15-year fixed mortgages or ARMs — and decide what’s best for you.
  7. Get preapproved. Organize all the documentation a lender will need to preapprove you for a loan. You might need W-2 forms, copies of at least one pay stub, account numbers, and copies of two to four months of bank or credit union statements.
  8. Weigh other sources of help with a down payment. Do you qualify for any special mortgage or down payment assistance programs? Check with your state and local government on down payment assistance programs for first-time buyers. Or, if you have an IRA account, you can use the money you’ve saved to buy your fist home without paying a penalty for early withdrawal.
  9. Calculate the costs of homeownership. This should include property taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities, and association fees, if applicable.
  10. Contact a REALTOR®. Find an experienced REALTOR® who can help guide you through the process.

About Sandra Warfield

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Sandra Warfield

612-845-4833

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13875 Hwy 13 S, Savage, MN 55378

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Sandra was wonderful to work with. Knowledgeable, kind, professional and any other positive adjective you could come up. Her patience was appreciated. She also sold our home. It was on the market one week!

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We worked with Sandra to sell our home and find a new one. She has been with us for the long haul - we reached out to her last fall for advice on getting our house ready for the market, and listed in the spring. Her expertise helped us see things from a... (more)

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Sandra listed and sold our home quickly. She knows the local market did a fantastic job in marketing, negotiating and selling our property. It was very painless on our part and we cannot thank her enough for doing a great job. If we are ever in the MN market... (more)

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