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Sally Machado, Home Buyer in Loris, SC

My husband & I are interested in relocating from CT to Loris within this year, what is the requirements for purchasing a home without new jobs?

Asked by Sally Machado, Loris, SC Tue Feb 15, 2011

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Getting a Legitimate Lender and Getting Pre-Approved

It used to be that buyers could go house shopping and when they have found their dream home, then they go to get pre-approved. However, in today’s market, that has proven to be one of the least effective methods in landing the dream home.

Most lenders can pre-qualify you for a mortgage over the phone. Based on general questions about your income, debt, assets, and credit history, lenders can estimate how much mortgage you qualify for. However, being pre-qualified and pre-approved are different things. Pre-approval means that you have applied for a mortgage; you have filled out the mortgage application, received your credit report, and verified your employment, assets, etc. When you are pre-approved, you know exactly what the maximum loan amount will be.

A pre-qualified letter is not verified and in essence, does not count for much if you are competing with other buyers who are pre-approved. When you are pre-approved, you and the seller know exactly how much house you can afford. It gives you credibility as an interested buyer and lets the seller know immediately that you will qualify for a loan to buy their property.

In addition to being pre-approved, it’s important to be pre-approved with a legitimate lender. Legitimate lenders include: banks, mortgage bankers, credit unions, savings and loan associations, mortgage brokers, and online lenders.

Some lenders to avoid: those who lose a form or misplace a file, those who gather information from you in an unorganized manner, those who are not informed about interest rates, points or costs, and those who cannot provide you with the right information.

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Hello Sally,
It may be difficult to obtain financing on a home purchase without being employed as Lynn and Sally are correct that lenders want to see at least 2 years of your employment (W2's). Perhaps, you may wish to consider renting in Loris for awhile. This way it will give you the time to investigate the neighborhoods so that you can look for homes in the areas that you like best.
Good luck to you!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 15, 2011
All lenders are going have employment requirements of approx. 2 years +. You can purchase prior to you wanting to reside in CT purchase the home as an investment

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 15, 2011
If you plan on financing the new home, you'll have a tough time getting prequalified. Lenders want to see copies of paystubs. Or, if you're self-employed, you'll have to provide several years of tax returns. Talk to a lender and see what they say.
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