Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments you'll make in your lifetime and we understand the importance of this investment and potential stress that may come with this venture. Every buyer’s loan is uniquely individual, to you and your circumstances. As an approved broker with a myriad of major wholesale lending institutions, we can offer you a much wider range of residential loan programs. We provide you with every option available, to you and your specific situation so that you can then make an informed decision that best fits your needs. Rockland Financial is committed to you and helping to creating a successful and positive home buying experience. Our website provides you with some general tools and information to help you as you begin your home purchasing process. When you are ready and even if you think you want to consider buying a home now, call us and we will help you get started and get you prequalified.
At Rockland Financial, we are dedicated to obtaining the loan that best fits your individual needs and circumstances. We will do everything possible to make your mortgage experience a pleasant and seamless one. We are commitment to excellence and accomplish this by providing you with quality, consistent service every single time.
While buying a home is a big decision, there are also lots of small decisions to make along the way to homeownership. To help you navigate the process, we’ve gathered suggestions for avoiding some of the most common mistakes.
When setting your budget, calculate a monthly payment that you can comfortably afford. Then discuss this amount with your lender. Making sure you can meet your projected future home payment is probably the most important part of successful homeownership.
Mortgage calculators will show you how much you'll pay every month. Remember that you'll also have to pay property taxes and homeowners insurance. While you may not pay your taxes and monthly, it's a good idea to set these funds aside each month and factor these costs into your monthly budget.
When you buy your home, you will need to pay a down payment and closing costs. The down payment typically varies from 5% to 20% or more. Putting less than 20% down will typically require you to pay for mortgage insurance(see more on that below). Closing costs could be about 3% of the total loan amount, and will include charges such as loan origination fees, title insurance, escrow fees, underwriting, credit and appraisal fees.
For conventional financing, this is typically necessary if you don't put down at least a 20% down payment when you buy your home. If that's the case for you, you will likely need to pay private mortgage insurance (or PMI). Make sure you know how much this cost will be and factor it into your monthly home payment budget.
If you're moving into a larger home than you're used to, a home that is newer or older than you're used to, or located in a climate that's hotter or colder than you're used to, ask your real estate professional if he or she can find out what the home's energy bills have typically been. This can help prevent being surprised by a higher utility bill than you're expecting. If you're moving into a new community, find out about water costs, as well.
Be sure to budget for moving expenses, as well as additional maintenance costs. Newer homes tend to need less maintenance than older ones, but all homes require upkeep. If you're considering a condo or a home with an (HOA), remember to include HOA dues in your budget. In addition, keep in mind that you should have an "emergency fund" on hand to prepare for any unexpected changes in your income (like reduction in your wages) or unexpected expenses (like medical bills).
Sometimes your home will need new appliances, landscaping, maybe even a new roof. Planning for these expenses carefully can help you avoid one of the most common causes of missed mortgage payments: carrying too much debt. It's important not to overextend your credit card and other debts so you stay current on your payments.
Find out the difference between the various types of mortgages so you’ll know which one is best for you.
As soon as you decide to start looking for a home, check your credit report and credit score with any of the three major credit reporting agencies: Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. If you find any mistakes that need to be corrected, addressing these issues early will put you in a better position when it’s time to buy a house.
When you choose a lender, pick someone you feel good about working with. They should listen to you and put your needs first, and they should be able to explain your home loan options in plain terms.
Knowing what you can comfortably afford will let you keep your search focused on the homes that are right for you. Get prequalified so you’ll have an estimate of how much you can comfortably afford before you start looking at homes.