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The journey to home buying can be momentous—no matter if you’re a first-timer or an experienced buyer. You’re eager to fulfill your hopes and dreams and reap the financial benefits of ownership, but sometimes the process can be overwhelming.
If you’re wondering where to begin, the answer is simple—Red River Credit Union. Our trusted team of mortgage loan originators is highly qualified and ready to lend you a helping hand throughout every stage of the home buying journey. That way, you can feel confident knowing you’re making the smartest financial decision for your future.
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Steps to Home Ownership
Planning for home ownership and gathering information is the key to a successful real estate transaction. Planning will help you understand the process more clearly, as well as anticipating the cost associated with purchasing a home.
The following tips will help prepare you to buy a home, as well as make the process easier once you’re ready to proceed.
Step 1: Financial Preparation
How much do I need to save to buy a home? Saving for a down payment and closing fees takes some effort. Down payments can range from 0% to 20% of the purchase price.
Step 2: Understand Your Credit
If you’re thinking about buying a house, you need to think about your credit history. Lenders are looking to see how well you’ve handled your obligations in the past.
The good news is this information is available to you through the credit reporting agencies. You can obtain a copy of your credit report from all three agencies. Check our resources tab for more information on how to access your free credit report.
It’s a good idea to check your credit and try to repair any issues before you try to purchase a home. The good news is regardless of how many credit problems you’ve had in the past, you can still recover by working to clear up those issues.
Loan Pre-Qualifications - Now that you have addressed any issues on your credit, it is time to get pre-qualified for a loan. Realtors suggest that you go through this process before searching for homes to save time and find the right home in your price range. Pre-qualification is an initial evaluation of the creditworthiness of a potential borrower that is used to determine the estimated amount that a person can afford to purchase. Based on the information given, you could be provided a pre-qualification letter with your borrowing power. This letter will let you and the realtor know what price range you may qualify for when searching for the right home. Click Apply for a Mortgage button above to start the pre-qualification process with RRCU.
Step 3: Contact a Realtor
Realtors provide a wealth of knowledge when it comes to finding the right home for you. In the maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work with professionals who know the community and much more.
Working with a realtor will give you the updated information on properties available in the area you want to purchase. Realtors can also keep you updated and alert to each step in the transaction process, once you choose the home that is right for you.
In addition, your real estate agent can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.
Step 4: Look at Homes
Now that you have been pre-qualified, it is time to look at homes. It is important to target your search and focus on homes that offer the most desirable features in your price range. Choosing a home is an enormous decision. It is important to do your homework and find the home that is right for you. Remember, you are likely to be living there for several years, and you want to be in comfortable surroundings in a home you can afford.
When trying to find the home that is right for you and your family, consider the following factors:
- How far is the commute from the house to your work?
- In what type of neighborhood would you like to live?
- Check out the school systems in the area if you have children or want to start a family.
- How much are the average property taxes in the area you are looking to purchase?
Step 5: Costs
Closing costs are fees charged for services that must be performed to process and close your loan. There are several different types of fees associated with the purchase of your home. Many of these costs go to a third party that is necessary to process your loan, and the lender typically has no control over these fees. Normally the buyer and the seller both pay for closing costs, although you can negotiate to request the seller pays a portion of these costs. Your loan originator can better explain these fees in detail.
- Appraisal - The appraisal is required to determine the fair market value of the home. An independent professional real estate appraiser arrives at this value. The lender must receive the appraisal to ensure the mortgage loan is not greater than the value of the property.
- Title Company - Closing Fee/Title Search/Exam Fee - These fees are paid to a title company for conducting the closing. The title company also has a fee for research to ensure there are no liens or issues with ownership of the property.
- Survey Fee - Lenders also require a survey to reflect boundary lines and to ensure your property does not have encroachments on the lot.
- Flood Determination / Life of Loan Coverage - Flood determination will let the lender know if your property is located within a flood zone. If the property is located in a flood zone or in an area prone to flooding, you will have to purchase flood insurance.
- Title Insurance - Title insurance protects real estate owners and lenders against any property loss or damage they might experience because of liens, encumbrances or defects in the title to the property.
- Homeowners Insurance - Homeowners insurance is required by your lender to cover possible damages on your home. Your first year of homeowners’ insurance is collected at closing.
Step 6: Make an Offer
Now that you have done your homework on the costs associated with purchasing a new home, it’s time to make an offer. This is where it really comes in handy to have a realtor. A realtor will be your voice with the seller and help you both come to an agreement. Your realtor will help negotiate the purchase price and answer any questions about the home you may have. They will also make an offer you are comfortable with on your behalf. This process may entail offers and counter-offers until a final agreed upon price is reached.
After Making an Offer
Other options to consider after making an offer:
- Insurance – You want to get a homeowner’s insurance quote on the property to cover the dwelling and contents of the home in the event of damage. Insurance is something that you may want to shop around for, as premiums may differ from one company to the next. The amount of premium you pay annually will affect your payment if you are escrowing the loan.
- Home Warranty – Typically provided by the seller at closing. The home warranty can cover items for the first year of the home purchase. Your realtor will have more information on what exactly is covered with a home warranty.
- Pest Inspection – It’s a good idea to see if a home has termites or any other pests that need to be dealt with before purchase. You may want to consider a contract with a local pest company to ensure that the home is checked on a routine basis to avoid recurrence of any pests.
- Home Inspection – Get a qualified home inspector to make sure there are no hidden issues with the home before purchasing. Ask your realtor for a list of potential inspectors. The lender may not require home inspections, but you should want to consider the risks before waiving the option.
Step 7: Closing
Once your lender has approved your loan, processed and received all of the necessary documents associated with the loan, you are ready to close. This process may take up to 45 days. Closing is the brief settlement process where you, as the buyer, will sign the necessary paperwork to complete the transaction of your loan. Closing will be held at a title company.
Prior to closing, your lender or closing agent will tell you how much money to bring to closing. These funds will include your down payment and closing costs. During this time, you will receive the keys to your new home as well as transfer the ownership from the seller to yourself.
Final step is to enjoy your new home!
Mortgage Loan Originators
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AVP Real Estate
P.O. Box 5909
Texarkana, TX 75505
Direct 903-735-3000 x1332
Toll Free 800-822-3317
I have been in the financial industry for 23 years, currently serving our members as AVP Real Estate. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the most important asset purchase our members make in their lifetime. Through all the twists and turns of the mortgage maze, I am here to guide my members one step at a time. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your mortgage needs.
Mortgage Loan Originator
P.O. Box 5909
Texarkana, TX 75505
Direct 903-735-3000 x1210
Toll Free 800-822-3317
As a Mortgage Originator, it is my pleasure to offer our members and potential members the opportunity to apply for a mortgage loan with the benefit of local service. I take pride in offering a friendly atmosphere and making the loan process as easy and convenient as possible. I am dedicated to meeting the mortgage needs of the Texarkana area and surrounding communities and providing service with a smile. I offer 17 years of experience in the financial industry and have been a native to the area for 35 years.
Mortgage Loan Originator
P.O. Box 5909
Texarkana, TX 75505
Direct 903-735-3000 x1333
Toll Free 800-822-3317
I have worked in the real estate industry for over 10 years. Currently, I am a Mortgage Loan Originator. I absolutely love my job and delight in seeing a smile on someone’s face when the homeownership dream is realized! Currently reside in Texarkana, AR.
Full List of NMLS employees
Institution/Originator NMLS ID# Red River Employees FCU 315545 Sharon Pace 488314 Susan Lansdell 690311 Kristi Shackelford 990217 Lori Holder 416010 Mark Turner 1249809 Aleta Mahoney 768518 Billie Jean Rowell 1253507 Tammie Hill 1467881
Finding a mortgage that suits your financial needs can be a daunting task. At Red River Credit Union, we are dedicated to working with you to find the best financing options available. We want you to enjoy the excitement of purchasing the home you have worked so hard to acquire. We make the home-buying process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Types of Property Financed
- 1-4 Family Residence
- Land Only
- Investment Property
- Second Homes
- Double Wide Mobile Homes (Permanently attached to the property)
- Non-Conforming Property
- New Construction Property
- Home Equity Loans
- Home Improvement Loans
- Conventional Loans - These loans offer many different term options from 3-year adjustable to 30-year fixed and everything in between. Conventional Loans also do not have upfront mortgage premiums, unlike FHA and VA loans. Conventional loans can offer a down payment as low as 5% down.
- Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans - Insured by the FHA, these low-risk loans are designed to make home buying more affordable. FHA loans are ideal for low- to moderate-income persons and/or first-time homebuyers. It is easier to qualify because FHA insures your mortgage. Members with even less than perfect credit can qualify for an FHA Loan. Down payments for FHA loans may be as low as 3.5%.
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loans - Backed by the VA, qualified veterans, reservists, and active-duty service members may finance their homes at affordable rates. VA loan programs may offer no money down with closing costs typically included in the purchase price.
- USDA Loans - Offer no money down to qualified members purchasing in rural areas. Typically all closing costs can be included in the purchase price. USDA loans offer a fixed interest rate for the term of the loan.
- Fixed-Rate Mortgage Loans - Those buyers who choose fixed rate mortgages enjoy the comfort and predictability of knowing monthly payments won’t change. A fixed-rate mortgage is ideal for borrowers with a steady flow of income who plan to own a house for a long period of time.
- Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM) Loans - Adjustable-rate loans offer borrowers a fixed interest rate for a given period of time, after which the interest rate is subject to change based on current market rates. Initially, an adjustable rate loan often provides a lower interest rate than a similar fixed-rate mortgage. An ARM Loan may be an ideal option for those who plan to refinance or sell their house within a short amount of time.
*Loans are subject to qualification and credit approval. Financing options subject to change. Other restrictions may apply.
Bowie County Taxes & Appraisal Information - www.tax.cagi.com
Arkansas Property Appraisal Information - www.actdatascout.com
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Housing Counselors - www.consumerfinance.gov/find-a-housing-counselor/
Free Credit Report - 877-322-8228 or annualcreditreport.com
City of Texarkana TX Official Website - www.ci.texarkana.tx.us
City of Texarkana TX Chamber of Commerce - www.texarkana.org
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