Before you start shopping...


Lenders generally recommend to search for homes that cost no more than three to five times your annual household income if you are planning to make a 20% down payment. You should make this determination based on your own financial situation.


After you have examined your finances and affordability with a loan officer you will be given a Pre-Approval or a Pre-Qualification letter. With that letter you will be able to go shop for your dream home.


With so many options, where is the start line? Before you start looking for a home, you will need to have this steps in mind:

  • Timeframe. When are you planning on moving? Are you looking to build a new home? Then you will need to start shopping approximately 6 months in advance, unless you are looking for a Spec home (new and ready to move in) Are you looking to remodel or maybe save some money with a short sale/foreclosure.

  • Narrow your search. Begin by selecting the city, neighborhood, community, subdivision. Drive at different times and days  to get a feel of the what it would be like to live there. 

  • Amenities. Do you care for a community pool, fitness center, tennis court. Are the schools and public libraries you want zone to that area?