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January 2024

Happy New… Home?!

Ok, so the holiday madness is over and you found out that you seriously need an upgrade to your living space! Where to begin? Start by searching our website to navigate through our vast inventory of Panama City Homes For Sale and let us know if you want to see any of them or even put in an offer on next year’s “Host with the Most” stomping grounds!

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How Do I Finance a Home?

Financing a home involves securing a mortgage loan to help cover the cost of the property. The process can be complex, but here’s a general overview of the steps involved in financing a home:

  1. Determine Your Budget:
    • Evaluate your financial situation, including your income, expenses, and existing debts.
    • Determine how much you can afford for a home purchase by considering your down payment, monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and other related costs.
  2. Check Your Credit Score:
    • Obtain a copy of your credit report and check your credit score.
    • A higher credit score generally leads to better mortgage terms and lower interest rates.
  3. Pre-Approval:
    • Get pre-approved for a mortgage from a lender. This involves submitting financial documents (income statements, bank statements, etc.) for the lender to assess your creditworthiness.
    • Pre-approval provides an estimate of the loan amount you may qualify for, helping you narrow down your home search to properties within your budget.
  4. Choose a Mortgage Type:
    • Select a mortgage type that suits your financial situation and goals. Common types include fixed-rate mortgages (with a constant interest rate) and adjustable-rate mortgages (with interest rates that can change over time).
  5. Find a Lender:
    • Research and compare mortgage lenders, considering interest rates, fees, and customer reviews.
    • Work with a mortgage broker or directly with a bank or credit union to secure your loan.
  6. Complete the Mortgage Application:
    • Submit a formal mortgage application to your chosen lender.
    • Provide documentation supporting your financial information, such as pay stubs, tax returns, and proof of assets.
  7. Underwriting Process:
    • The lender’s underwriting team reviews your application and documentation to assess your risk as a borrower.
    • They may request additional information or clarification during this process.
  8. Home Appraisal:
    • The lender orders a home appraisal to determine the property’s value. This ensures that the loan amount aligns with the property’s worth.
  9. Receive Loan Approval:
    • Once the underwriting process is complete and the home appraisal is satisfactory, you’ll receive formal loan approval.
  10. Closing:
  • Schedule a closing date, where you sign the final loan documents and complete the transfer of ownership.
  • Pay closing costs, which include fees for services like title insurance, attorney fees, and property taxes.
  1. Take Possession of the Property:
  • After closing, you officially take possession of the property, and the mortgage loan process is complete.

Throughout this process, it’s crucial to stay in close communication with your lender, respond promptly to any requests for information, and work with a knowledgeable real estate agent who can guide you through the steps involved in financing your home.

How Do I Get Help With All of This? 

Our Counts Panama City office has a team of experienced and knowledgable real estate agents waiting to assist you with all of your real estate needs! Select your favorite agent today or just call our office to speak with one NOW! (850) 248-3615

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