The Key Players
The Loan Officer
Pre-approves you to determine how much you can borrow to buy a home. Explains all loan options before you make any big decisions. Collects any necessary documentation to help fund your loan.
The Real Estate Agent
Listens to your needs and helps you find exactly what you're looking for in a home. Researches market trends to help you make the right offer. Keeps you informed on filling out paperwork and meeting deadlines.
The Insurance Agent
Assesses your needs to help you find the best homeowner's insurance for your needs. Provides proof of insurance to your lender.
The Key Players
The Title & Escrow Officers
The Title Officer ensures that there are no discrepancies related to the title or deed of the home.
The Escrow Officer checks and finalizes documentation before funds for the sale are transferred.
The Home Inspector
Inspects the home for damages or issues. Helps evaluate what needs to be fixed or replaced. Provides reports that help determine whether you should move forward or re-evaluate the terms of the sale.
Compares different criteria to determine the home's value. Estimates the market value of the home. Measures your chosen home up against surrounding homes.
New American Funding understands how life-changing first steps can be. That's why we're here to assist you every step of the way in finding the home of your dreams. A pre-approval shows you how much you can afford so you can narrow down your home search.
Dream up your dream home
Consider options like environment, size, amenities, and location. Is your dream home in the sunny suburbs or a lively downtown area? How many rooms do you imagine it having? Are you interested in amenities like a pool? What kind of commute would you like to have? Consider all the things that are important to you and your family.
Start the Hunt
Start home hunting with your real estate agent. When searching for a new home, do some initial research and determine whether your new neighborhood is suitable for you. Talk to neighbors and familiarize yourself with the area. The more aware you are of the neighborhood's quirks, the better idea you'll have of whether you'll be happy living there in the years ahead.
Once you have made an offer, the seller may make a counteroffer. You can accept, reject, or negotiate with the seller by making another counteroffer. Every time either party makes a counteroffer, the other side is free to accept, reject, or counteroffer once again. The offer does not become a binding contract until one of the parties officially signs the contract.
Appraisal and Inspection
Home inspections occur after the purchase agreement has been signed because, in most cases, the agreement will contain a home inspection condition. This condition allows the buyer to back out of the transaction should any issues arise. Home inspections are not a requirement everywhere, but are HIGHLY suggested!
The real estate agent usually recommends a home inspector and the buyer is in charge of having the inspector come out and survey the property. The home inspector will be looking for anything unusual or unfit in the structure of the home or property. He or she will also assess the plumbing, electrical, appliances, ventilation systems, roof, garage, and the exterior of the home. The home inspection report will let you know if there are issues with any of these elements.
Sign Loan Documents
The escrow officer will arrange signing appointments with you and the seller once the final loan documents are ready. To make it easier for all parties to sign, lenders will often send the documents to through a mobile notary.
At your closing appointment you will receive the HUD-1 statement, which will show all costs associated with the loan. You have the right to request the HUD-1 statement before closing so you can review it and compare it against the Good Faith Estimate (GFE). After you sign the documents, the escrow officer will send them back to the lender.
You've gone through the steps of buying a home and now it's finally time to move in! It's customary that on the day your loan is funded, you will receive the keys to your new home as well. While you should be very excited about moving in, we all know moving can have its issues unless you take the right steps to keep it as painless as possible.