There’s no class offered in school that tells you how to buy a home and what you need to know. As a result, when it comes time to buy a home, most consumers have to rely on real estate agents, appraisers and mortgage lenders to really know what’s going on. However, wouldn’t you feel better if you completely understood the home buying process so you could have peace of mind that you’re making the right choices as you move forward?
The resources below can help you better understand the home buying and mortgage lending process, as well as help you along the way to find the right home for your needs. If you still have questions or you need more information, call Consolidated Credit today at 1-800-435-2261 to speak with a HUD-certified housing counselor for free.
Property Valuation Links
The following links can help you get a clear picture of the current property values of different homes you are considering, so you can have a better idea of how much homes are worth. You can start focusing your search; the first two links also allow you to search for homes in your area:
Flood insurance can be a major expense, depending on where you live. High-risk areas will cost a significant amount of money per year. High flood insurance costs could mean that a home that seems affordable would actually be outside of your means. As such, it’s important to know if a property is in a high-risk flood area. You can learn more about flood zones and check specific addresses throughout the country through the FEMA website. Read about zone designations and click “Map Search” to enter a specific address.
Our free online mortgage calculator can help you determine a target loan amount and terms for your new mortgage. This will help you set a price range for your new home. Using a mortgage calculator once you find a home and start the mortgage lending process can help you avoid purchasing more property than you can afford. Use our free mortgage calculator.
Housing & Mortgage Glossary
Not sure about one of the terms used in this section of the website? Access our free Housing and Mortgage Glossary to find an easy reference to common mortgage and housing terms, including terms related to the home buying process.