Consulting with a real estate broker will help address these questions one on one so you don't have to share your personal information on a public forum. Short sales are still an option if you start now and are a great way to find a more affordable home in an area that you may want. With inventories in our area being very low the homes that are priced right will go the quickest.
Get the pre-approval out of the way and you can start getting homes that suit your particular needs faster and you can get a better idea of where you really want to move to whether its St. Charles, Batavia, Elburn or even Sugar Grove. Homes with 1 acre or more that suit both your needs in these areas and your price range are not readily available but by working with an agent you will have a much better chance of having the first opportunity to buy it!
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Wow, these are really loaded questions. Here's why; your credit score, type of transaction (short sale, foreclosure, estate or traditional sale), and available housing inventory will all effect your time line. However, I've provided some info below based on very good credit & traditional sale to help give you an idea.
- Do pre-qualification with a lender to know what price range to be looking in
- Determine your "must haves" & "wants" based on what you want to spend & can afford
- Speak with a Realtor about what's available, be set-up on auto-home search for new listings
Feb 1 - March 1 (depending on your particular situation)
- Start previewing homes with Realtor
- Work with lender to obtain Pre-Approval letter (this is different from pre-qualification as it requires you to submit income, bank, tax, documentation to your lender for closer review)
- Have Pre-Approval letter from lender ready (This will provide you with stronger negotiating power)
- Narrow home search, select your home
- Contract negotiated and accepted
These are only estimates, not based on your particular situation. This is where a local, seasoned Realtor, like myself : ), can help you. The best part, seller pays our fees - not you! Feel free to call or email to discuss a time line based on your particular situation. You may also want to check out my new "Homebuyer's Transaction Flow Chart". If so, send me an email or text.
Great questions! It is very smart to plan ahead in todays market. If you are looking to be in your new home by June 1st, I would recommend starting now. Find a mortgage broker that can help you through the prequalification process. Then search for your real estate agent that will help you with your search and exceeds your expectations.
Baird & Warner Broker
I would recommend starting the prequalification process as soon as possible, this gives you more time to correct any problems the mortgage broker may find when reviewing your information. I work with over 40 different lenders to provide more opportunities for my clients. I would be happy to give you a free professional assessment. Feel free to contact me with questions or to get started
Market Place Mortgage
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: (630) 217-7013
It is best to start the prequalification process immediately. There are new mortgage guidelines that went into effect last week and it is a good idea to have a experienced mortgage lender look at your income, credit... to come to a determination as to how much you can afford before you start looking at homes.
I am a experienced mortgage lender with over 6 years experience and many mortgage products to offer (Conventional, FHA, VA...) and would appreciate the opportunity to show you how I can help you get to the point of purchasing a home. If you would like to talk more about your situation, please contact me at the below phone or email.
Good Luck to you,
Nick Nelson (NMLS#384413)
Community Bank of Rockford
2470 Eastrock Dr.
Rockford, IL. 61108
815-289-0880 - Cell
It is somewhat going to depend on the type of transaction. Short sales may or may not be good for your timeline. I would talk with your real estate professional to have them help you understand what to do. If you do not have one, reach out to find one that can work well with you. It costs you nothing to use an agent and will save you time and money.
Broker Baird & Warner