Before you starting house hunting, you need to make sure you are looking in the right price range. Getting pre-qualified by your Loan Officer will give you a better idea of how much home you can afford based on your current financial situation.
Think about where you will be in the years to come; whether you want to move again or planning to stay long term. This is an important factor when deciding which type of mortgage is best for you.
As you begin to contemplate buying, make a list of the most important things you want in a home. For example: a condo or single family home, monthly mortgage payment, location to work and school zones, neighborhood amenities, and yard size. Not only will this list help your real estate professional find the perfect home, it will also help your Loan Officer tailor a loan program that fits your needs.
Buying another property as a rental can provide ongoing income from tenants, and a vacation home on the beach or mountains is equally attractive. However, you will need to decide whether the home will be a place to live (primary residence) or a place to rent (investment property). Loan specifications are different based on how you plan to utilize the home. Your Loan Officer can explain the different requirements and help navigate through the process.