Whether you're in the market to find a starter home or to upgrade or downsize from your current house, take time to familiarize yourself with the mortgage process before you start shopping.
Do the Research
Prepare the Paperwork
Get all the necessary documents like work history and income details together before applying for pre-approval to help expedite the process.
Contact a Loan Officer
Choose a Navy Federal Loan Officer to process and manage your mortgage. Your Loan Officer will help you select the right loan for your needs.
Apply for pre-approval for your loan. Make sure you do this before you start looking at homes so that you're prepared to make a purchase.
Find a Realtor
Seek out a realtor who is familiar with the area you're looking to buy in and who can help you prioritize your search and visit homes that match your desires and budget.
Search for a Home
You're officially ready to hit the pavement in search of the perfect home. Narrow down your search by cost, location and other desired amenities.
Make an Offer
When you find a home you want to buy, submit an offer. Your first offer may not be accepted, and you may have to negotiate.
Finalize the Loan
If your offer is accepted, your Loan Officer will work to finalize your loan. Be prepared with the required documentation ahead of time.
At this point, the sale is complete, and the seller turns over the property title. There are fees associated with closing. Work with your Realtor to manage your costs.
Visit MakingCents for clear, step-by-step information on the home-buying process.