First time home buyers plan in advance

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It can happen when you least expect it: the opportunity you’ve been thinking about for awhile suddenly opens up – and you realize your time to become a homeowner has arrived!

Maybe the landlord of the Lake Wallenpaupack home you’ve been renting suddenly decides it’s time to sell. Or, during a search for a rental, you happen upon a new local listing that’s such a bargain you’d be crazy not to snap it up!  Life is always presenting unexpected opportunities to us and it’s no different to the first time home. So, if you haven’t prepared for this moment – in advance – you may well be disappointed.

Advance planning is the key to successful first time home buyers

Job One is to take very seriously the sometimes arbitrary-seeming Rules of the Road for credit scoring.  Money Magazine recently reported the average FICO credit score for denied conventional loan applicants was 729…a pretty darn good score for anything else. The score on approved loans was 762 — after an average 21% down payment!

Successful first-time buyers have kept their options open by lining up their ducks well in advance — completing at least two mandatory steps. So, if you haven’t done so, right now would be the appropriate time to start!

  1. Get your accounts in order. If it comes time to pull the trigger, every bank will look closely at every bank account you have. They look for “seasoned” funds, meaning cash that has been on hand for at least three months (sometimes six), untouched.   First time homebuyers will have established the total amount needed for a down payment — or have a clear trail of the origin of the assets they will sell to get it.
  2. Check your debt.  Banks are looking for a debt-to-income ratio of no more than 33%.  If you got a little too festive with your credit cards during last month’s holiday season, start paying down those balances.

Buying a first home is an exciting decision that can be as fun as it is stressful.  Having prepared in advance will accentuate the fun part, just as having the right agent by your side will, too.  If and when the opportunity to become one of our local first-time buyers presents itself  — or even if you have any questions about how to prepare — give me a call!

24 Park Road Hawley, PA – Lake Wallenpaupack Lakefront Home for sale!

AMAZING VIEW OF LAKE WALLENPAUPACK!

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Lauren Bianco

Weichert Realtors/Paupack Group

570-815-9008

lbianco54@gmail.com

24 Park Road

Hawley, PA 18438

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 2 (2 full)

List Price: $529,000

Living Area Approx :
2467

Click here to view the 24 Park Road Virtual Tour!! 

Very well-maintained and classic two-story charmer right up close to the water with 50′ of Lake Wallenpaupack frontage! This lovely and cozy 4- bedroom home is everything you’ve thought of when envisioning a country lake home.

 

Feature List:

MLS#: 12-981

PropertyType: Single-Family Home

Price: $529,000

Status: For Sale

MLS/Source ID: 12-981

Zip: 18438

Style: cottage

Foundation: wood

Roof: asphalt

Parking: surface-lot

Rooms: 13

Floors: tile

Heating Fuel: electric,propane

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