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Me and my husband are looking at a $ 30,000 fixer upper, but we will need to borrow like $ 35,000 or $ 40,000 to fix the house. My husband knows how to do it all. I make about $ 25,000 a year and my husband makes about $ 11,000 a year. Does this sound unreasonable? I know their are more factors to it like other bills and credit. What are the chances we would be approved?

I must add, I don’t have perfect credit but I always make my payments on everything and have only been 4 days late on one thing my entire life.

3 Thoughts on Is it hard to get preapproved for a house, more details inside?
  1. Sasori
    February 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    You’ll never know unless you try. There are several factors that can interfere with an approval.
    income level,
    credit history
    credit rating
    payment history
    length of time at your job
    amount of outstanding credit

    call a lending institution and speak to a loan officer. They can set you up with an appt and pre-approve you so you will know exactly how much you will qualify for.
    It takes about 1/2 hour.
    You need credit statements
    pay stubs
    2 years tax returns

  2. Common Sense
    February 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    You’ll never be able to borrow more than the home is worth. You will need about 10-12,000 for downpayment, costs and taxes.

  3. loanmasterone
    February 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Buying a house is a step by step process, this is the first step you should take in order to purchase a house. The rest of the steps will fall in place, no matter the type of property you are purchasing.

    In order to find out the type of loan programs you are qualified for you will have to fill out a loan application, with a mortgage broker, which you can find one in your local telephone book.

    Make sure this mortgage broker or mortgage banker is able to do government loans such as FHA and VA loans if you qualify for one.

    He will fill out this application, which takes awhile so grab your favorite beverage and sit down. Once you have completed the application, he will run your credit report which will have your credit scores. These credit scores will determine your interest rate.

    The amount of your monthly debt payments you are required to pay as per your credit report and the amount of mortgage you can take on based on your income will determine the amount of house you will be able to purchase.

    When you speak with the mortgage broker you will need the following documents to complete the loan application, there will be others, but this will get you started.

    #1 One month of pay stubs for each person that will be on the mortgage.

    #2 Six months bank statements from each bank in which you bank as well as statements from any 401K from you place of employment.

    #3 Two years of federal income tax along with the W-2 that match.

    Once he has all that he need to do he can then issue you a pre-approval letter so you can purchase a home. In this pre-approval letter will be the amount of house you are qualified to purchased.

    Once he gives you this pre-approval you may now find a real estate agent to find yourself a home or he might have a referral.

    Now make sure before you get your pre-approval you and your mortgage broker go over all your options as to the mortgage programs you qualify for, the interest rate, monthly payments.

    If you are getting a FHA, fixed rate, two loans to eliminate PMI like an 80/20 or one loan, if you are qualified for and approved for a 100% loan.

    You should select the loan that best suit your financial condition at the time. That could be an adjustable rate loan. It could be a fixed rate loan for 5 or 10 years and then adjust. Some adjustable rate mortgages only adjust once.

    Make sure your mortgage broker explain all your options so you may make an intelligent decision.

    What might be good for one person might not be good for you, in other words just because your friends and all your real estate buddies are telling you about the great fixed rate they got, your financial situation might call for something else.

    So select the best option for you and your financial situation.

    You should also get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which will indicate the cost you will have to pay for getting this loan. It will also indicate the amount of your down payment.

    Once you have found a home the real estate agent will then prepare a contract for you and the seller to sign.

    Your mortgage broker will now order an appraisal to show proof of the property value.

    The mortgage broker might ask for additional information or documentation, don’t get all up tight this is normal, just supply the information or find the documents needed.

    After the appraisal has been completed you will be called by your mortgage broker to sign your loan docs so you can take possession of your new home.

    Before signing any loan docs make sure they say exactly what you and your mortgage broker went over when you decided on what mortgage program was best for you.

    I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck

    “FIGHT ON”

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