Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Before You Go House Shopping

The process of obtaining an approval before you go out house hunting is very basic and with most Mortgage lenders, it is supremely simple. Most buyers are not aware that it costs nothing to get pre-approved and that once they find the property of their dreams, they are not obligated in any way to get a loan from that particular lender.

Pre-approval is a necessary first step since it will clearly spell out to you exactly how much house you can afford. There is no point strolling through open houses that cost twice what you're ever likely to be able to borrow! Pre-approval will give you a decent ballpark estimate as to what you can qualify for, given your financial status, your credit rating, the amount of money you have available for a downpayment, and all the other factors that go into providing a Mortgage loan.

You can enter into the process of house-hunting with the tranquillity that comes with knowing that you can look at houses between $X and $Y. You don't have to waste your time and everyone else's by gaping at houses that you couldn't afford without winning the lottery. You'd be amazed how many people spend their weekends negotiating for expensive houses when they don't have $100 to their name. They might think it's some sort of fun pastime!

Another advantage of pre-approval is that you may be pleasantly surprised and find that you can actually afford to look at houses that are more expensive than you had figured. Furthermore, sellers will be much more amenable to negotiations with you that could save you thousands, because they see the pre-approval as a sign of seriousness and realize that you are not one of those weekend sport house negotiators.

Pre-approval costs nothing and can provide significant advantages. You should discuss pre-approval with your Mortgage professional before you start your property hunt.

There is a clear and present danger in house shopping and it is one that many families fall into: Perhaps after years of throwing money away on rent, the young family is just so excited to get into their own home that they become deaf, dumb and blind. Or perhaps its the illusion that this particular property is the best deal in the known universe and will never be repeated again. Regardless of the excuse, immediately falling in love with your new property usually spells D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R.

Remember, there is no love at first sight!

There are nearly 120 million homes in the United States of America. The one you have in front of you right now is not the ultimate anything in any category. It may be pretty, cute, spacious, in just the right location, has that oh so lovely fireplace, so on and so on and so on, but you have to stay objective when it comes to the purchase of a house. A wise seller will see that you're head over heels for the property and you can bet that there will be precious few concessions coming from their side.

Selling a house is not that different from selling a used car. When the prospective buyer looks it over, kicks the tires and wears a generally disinterested look, the seller is going to twist inside out to get them to buy the car. If the buyer comes in, cries at the first sight of the car, and blathers on about how they've been looking for this exact model and color since their high school prom, then the seller will likely tack on a few hundred or more to the price because they know it's just easy money.

The real estate magnates will always tell you that you've got to be ready to walk away from the negotiating table at any time. You've got to let the seller chase you, not the other way around. Keep the enthusiastic high fives and jumping up and down for when you're in private. When you're in the presence of the seller and/or their agent, keep it very low keyed and businesslike. Or pay the consequences.

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