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Keywords Every Home Buyer Should Learn

As a home buyer, you should learn keywords in the buying process to enhance your understanding of the real estate market and navigate the complexities of purchasing a home. Knowing key terms related to property types, financing, and legal aspects can empower you to make an informed decision and communicate effectively with your REALTOR® at CENTURY 21 Northland.

  • AFFORDABILITY: A measure of whether someone earns enough to qualify for a loan on a typical home based on the most recent price, income, and mortgage rate data. When home prices and mortgage rates are nigher, it can impact affordability.
  • APPRAISAL: A report highlighting the estimated value of the property completed by a qualified third party. Lenders rely on appraisals to validate a home’s value and ensure they are not lending more than the home is worth.
  • CLOSING COSTS: The fees, paid at closing, required to complete the real estate transaction. Ask your lender for a complete list of closing cost items including points, taxes, title insurance, and more.
  • CREDIT SCORE: A number ranging from 300-850 that’s based on an analysis of your credit history. This helps lenders determine the likelihood you’ll repay future debts.
  • DOWN PAYMENT: Down payments are typically 3.5-20% of the purchase price of the home. Some 0% down programs are also available. Ask your lender for more information and for what you may qualify.
  • EQUITY: The value of your home above the total amount of liens against your home. Many homeowners are realizing they have more equity than they thought and they’re using it to move.
  • INSPECTION CONTINGENCY: A provision in a contract requiring an inspection to be completed. This essential step gives you information on the home’s condition and potential savings.
  • MORTGAGE: A loan using your home as collateral. It also may be used to indicate the amount of money you borrow, with interest, to purchase your home. The amount of your mortgage often is the purchase price of the home minus your down payment.
  • MORTGAGE RATE: The interest rate you pay to borrow money when buying a home. As mortgage rates fluctuate, consult a lender so you know how it can impact your monthly mortgage payment.
  • PRE-APPROVAL LETTER: A letter from a lender that shows what they’re willing to lend you for your home loan. This, plus an understanding of your savings, can help you decide on your target price range.

We would love to connect with you so you have an expert on your side to explain the home buying process every step of the way. CENTURY 21 Northland, giving you 121% every time.

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