As the federal home buyer tax credit nears its April 30 end-date, there’s a lot of would-be home buyers in Knoxville still working to get under contract.
A piece of advice for all of them : If your pre-qualification and/or pre-approval letter is more than 8 weeks old, it would be prudent to have your lender “re-pre-approve” you. Mortgage guidelines have been in flux and your original lender letter may now be invalid.
For example, over the past half-dozen months, the majority of mortgage lenders have reduced their risk tolerance with respect to:
For buyers of condominiums and co-ops, even the subject property itself is coming under tougher scrutiny.
Today’s mortgage applicants need to be a complete package. It takes more than just good income and credit to get approved anymore and today’s buyers should revisit their qualifications. What passed underwriting in January may not pass in May.
Being pro-active brings other advantages, too. If a mortgage re-pre-approval does unearth an issue, it’ll be easier for every party to the transaction to address and correct it up-front versus trying to clean up a mess once a home’s already under contract.
Talk to your agent and your loan officer about your pre-qualification/pre-approval letter before you bid on a home.
There has never been a better time to buy a home in the Knoxville Area than right now. The rates are low, prices are low and their are plenty of homes to choose from on the market. Another reason is the tax credit available not just to first time home buyers but move up buyers that I talked about in an earlier post. Considering all of the above NOW is the time to get out there and start shopping around for a new home.