(OL) – Buying a home for the first time is a big deal.
To help you get ahead, we’ve outlined some first-time homebuyer tips by calling out six of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid going into the purchase of your first home that could end up saving you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
Mistake #1: not getting pre-approved
Many first-time buyers make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to get approved for a mortgage until they’ve found their dream home.
Unfortunately, that often ends up being too late.
These days, most sellers require that pre-approvals be submitted along with any offer, and, since your finances need to be vetted before the lender will agree to grant you a loan, this process can take days or even weeks.
The College fall semester is right around the corner and if plans haven’t been finalized on how you plan to pay for it, don’t delay. Especially if borrowing for college is necessary. College costs continue to increase and the average cost for just one semester at a public college is around $7,000.00 and around $13,000.00 at a private school. These amounts are after grants and scholarships.
To cover the cost remaining, many families use a combination of current income, savings, and loans. It’s highly recommended to borrow money only as a last resort. Some colleges allow you to pay some part of the balance in installments, so it’s a good idea to ask.
There are still many families that have no other choice but to borrow to cover some part of the cost. A survey done by Sallie Mae indicated that almost 42% borrowed some amount of money the past year.
Let’s begin by stating one important statistic…US citizens in general not very good savers. It’s a known fact and there’s no point in trying to white wash it. For the current year of 2016, the average rate of savings in America was 5.6%. Not very impressive. We offer these tips for saving money to change that.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the high income earners save a lot more of their income than the middle income earners. The middle income earners actually save a very small percentage of their incomes, practically nothing. Why is that? We all are aware that we need to be saving more, and yet we don’t.
Will Personal Finance Software Solve My Financial Problems?
Many people have been in this common situation before – you’re keeping your bills current or are ahead in your monthly payment loan. Payday rolls around and you get your paycheck and decide to treat yourself. You go out a few times, buy a few things (all small affordable purchases), and suddenly you wonder where the money went. A good personal finance software program would have been able to track those purchases.
We all are familiar with this situation and can relate to it. Budgeting is important no matter what your income level is. Using a good money management software program will make the process so much easier, plus it will provide many helpful reports. View full post…
Do a search on the internet for no credit check loans, and you will be bombarded with all types of offers. From approvals in ninety (90) seconds to depositing up to $10,000.00 in your checking account in a matter of a few hours.
Individuals that have low credit scores, and/or bad payment records, are the ones that these online lenders seek out. Unfortunately, these same individuals are the ones that usually need emergency type loans, and they are often caught in the short term borrowing cycle.
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