Key Terms You Should Know - for Homebuyers

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key terms to know in the homebuying process


Appraisal => A professional analysis used to estimate the value of a home.

A necessary step in validating a home's worth to you and your lender as you secure financing.

Closing Costs => The fees required to complete the real estate transaction. Paid at closing, they include points, taxes, title insurance, financing costs, and items that must be prepaid or escrowed.

Ask your lender for a complete list of closing cost items.

Credit Score => A number ranging from 300-850 that's based on an analysis of your credit history.

Helps lenders determine the likelihood you'll repay future debts.

Mortgage Rate => The interest rate you pay to borrow money when buying a home.

The lower the rate, the better.

Pre-Approval Letter => A letter from a lender indicating you qualify for a mortgage of a specific amount.

This is a critical step in today's competitive market.

Real Estate Professional => An individual who provides services in buying and selling homes.

Real estate professionals are there to help you through the confusing paperwork, find you dream home, negotiate any of the details that come up, and so you know exactly what's going on in the housing market.

Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.

To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear along the way.

The best way to ensure your homebuying process is a positive one is to find a real estate professional who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher’ by putting your needs first.