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Preparing to Buy

Before you start shopping for your property, it is a good idea to make some preparations.

Build Your Green File.

A green file contains all your important financial documents. You will need it to secure financing for your property. The typical green file should contain:

  • Financial statements
  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Credit cards
  • Auto loans
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Tax returns for two years
  • Copies of leases for investment properties
  • 401K statements, life insurance, stocks, bonds, and mutual account information.

Check Your Credit Rating.

The credit score you hold can significantly impact your ability to buy property, including the type of property you can afford and the price at which you can purchase it. To determine your purchasing power, we suggest that you start by checking your credit rating with a lending institution that has a proven track record of working with borrowers in similar situations.

The lending institution will thoroughly assess your credit ratings from all three credit reporting agencies, which include Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. This will help us determine the most suitable options for you based on your financial situation and creditworthiness.

We understand that navigating the world of real estate financing can be overwhelming. That's why we are committed to providing you with comprehensive guidance every step of the way. Our network includes experienced and knowledgeable lenders in the residential, construction, commercial, and investment real estate fields who can offer valuable insights and assistance in securing the financing you need. We will be happy to recommend trusted lenders who can help you achieve your real estate goals.

In light of the current economic climate, it's important to approach major financial decisions with caution. Making sudden career changes or large purchases may not be the best course of action, particularly if you're in the process of purchasing a property.

Instead, it's advisable to approach your property purchase from a position of financial stability. This means taking stock of your current financial situation and ensuring that you have a solid foundation upon which to build. Before making any significant financial commitments, it's essential to evaluate your income, expenses, debts, and savings to determine if you're in a position to comfortably take on a mortgage.

Taking the time to assess your financial stability and making any necessary adjustments can help ensure that you're well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that arise in the real estate market. By approaching your property purchase with financial stability in mind, you'll be able to make a well-informed decision that aligns with your long-term goals and aspirations.

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