Step 1: Find Out How Much You Can Borrow

You can’t begin the process of obtaining a loan without first determining just how much money you can afford to borrow.

You can get a quote from Equity Direct Financial, LLC that will let you know your buying power and calculate how much you can borrow.

Click here to Pre-Qualify.

The best strategy is to get pre-approved before you start the application process. To do this, a lender will need verification of your income, credit, assets, and liability. Once you’re pre-approved, you can start looking for available properties in your price range. Because you’re already pre-approved, you’ll have an easier time negotiating with a seller and will be in a position to close sooner.

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Step 2: Select The Right Loan Program

Most borrowers follow one of two common options when it comes to securing a home loan. The two most common avenues are either a fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustable-rate mortgage.

A fixed-rate mortgage has interest rates and monthly payments that remain the same over the course of the entire term of the mortgage. The length of the term is typically 15-30 years.

Meanwhile, an adjustable-rate mortgage can have a rate that varies over the 15–30-year period. While there is some uncertainty about the cost of your monthly payment with an adjustable-rate mortgage, this type of loan might make sense for you if you don't plan to stay in your home for more than half a decade and you believe your income is likely to increase in the near future. You just have to be comfortable with the idea that your payment might increase during this time.

Step 3: Apply for a Loan

Applying for a loan is easy with help from Equity Direct Financial.

You can start the process here.

Step 4: Begin Loan Processing

The loan approval process begins as soon as your application is received. A loan processor will get to work verifying all of your information, keeping an eye out for discrepancies that need to be addressed. The information that will be verified includes a check of your income, employment status, credit, and assets. Your property will also be appraised to determine its market value. Other documentation might be necessary for final approval.


Step 5: Close Your Loan

The final step to close your loan after approval is to have all the documents signed. Double check that the interest rate and loan terms are accurate. You’ll need to check the name and addresses listed on the document as well. At closing, make sure to bring a cashier’s check that will be used to cover the cost for the down payment and other closing expenses. It must be a cashier’s check, not a personal check. Other forms to bring include your homeowner’s insurance policy, proof of payment, and any other documentation you’re asked to bring.