Buying a home can be one of your most significant investments in life. Not only are you choosing your dwelling place, and the place in which you will bring up your family, you are most likely investing a large portion of your assets into this venture. The more prepared you are at the outset, the less overwhelming and chaotic the buying process will be. Remember, if you have any questions about the process, we're only a phone call or email away!
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(1) Pre-approval letter from your bank
(2) RPA = Residential Purchase Agreement.
(3) EMD = Earnest Money Deposit. A copy of a handwritten check for between 1% to 3% of the purchase price payable to Escrow.
(4) Proof of Funds, which is simply 2 months of your Bank Statements.
Lenders prefer to see a debt-to-income ratio smaller than 36%, with no more than 28% of that debt going towards servicing your mortgage.
Expressed as a percentage, a debt-to-income ratio is calculated by dividing total recurring monthly debt by monthly gross income.
For example, assume you pay $1,200 for your mortgage, $400 for your car, and $400 for the rest of your debts each month. Your monthly debt payments would be as follows:
If your gross income for the month is $6,000, your debt-to-income ratio would be 33% ($2,000 / $6,000 = 0.33).
The answer: Because it’s the credit score most commonly used by U.S. lenders.
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