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Who Qualifies?
The Price You Pay First
C is for Credit
Resort to Refinancing
Equity Loans or Lines of Credit?
Pass on the Tax
Homeowners’ Insurancer
Home Upkeep
All About Appraisal
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Who Qualifies?

Many first time home buyers think the idea of a home loan is appealing. It is difficult to afford a house when you’re just starting out, and you can probably use all the help you can get. Many consumers who need loans do not apply for them merely because they believe they will be turned down.

You need to realize how many options there are, and how Countrywide Home Loans can help you even if you have poor credit. What you need to do before you apply is gain more knowledge about the loan process and how you are evaluated for qualification.

There are basically four areas that lenders look at when they are determining whether or not to approve you.

The first is strictly the financial aspect of your application. How much money do you have? The lender will wonder three things in this area. First, how much cash do you have right now? Will you be able to afford the closing costs and/or a down payment if you are purchasing a home?

Second, will you have the ability to repay the loan? This is a biggie. Of course the lender does not want to give a loan to someone who is not likely to return it in full. It’s like when your kids ask to “borrow” something. How many times do they pay you back?

Although home buyers are not children, the same idea applies. If you do not seem reliable, you may be rejected for a loan. Third and last in the financial evaluation is your credit history. Like the words Grade Point Average to a student, these two words make most consumers cringe. But remember: it may be a test of your budgeting and money management, but one test does not mean everything. As Countrywide’s motto says, your future outweighs your past.

The second part of the evaluation is focused on the home you are buying or refinancing. The key here is the value of your home. Your home is used as collateral for your loan. It is kind of like a bet. You are betting your home, and if you lose the bet (if you cannot repay your loan) then you lose your home. If the property you are purchasing or refinancing is not very valuable or is not foreseen to be valuable in the future market, a lender may be hesitant to grant you a loan. To find out the value of your home you will need to hire an appraiser who can determine that for you.

The third and fourth steps to the loan application have to do with the type of loan and the lender’s unique nature. The type of loan is obviously what plan you have gone with, such as fixed rate or adjustable rate. Then it depends on the lender’s own traditions and standards. Some are more lenient and some more by the book.

Some lenders demonstrate a more biased stance in their decision-making process, while others are straightforward and precise. At Countrywide, you are not a specimen to be held under a microscope for the tiniest of financial flaws and failures. Countrywide aims to give you the home you love by providing you the financial freedom to afford it.

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