The Timeline: Prequalifying To Closing

The Timeline: Prequalifying To ClosingEven though purchasing a new home can be exciting, it can also be stressful. There are a lot of tasks that need to be completed between qualifying for a mortgage and receiving the necessary funds. Therefore, potential homeowners need to understand the timeline so they make sure they are on track to meet their closing dates. What are a few examples of important milestones that have to be accomplished? 

Make An Offer On A Home

After getting pre-qualified for a mortgage, the next step is to make an offer on the right house. An offer on a home has a lot of information. This includes the offer price, the size of the down payment, the name of the closing agent, a targeted closing date, and any closing costs that the buyer wants the seller to pay. If the offer is accepted, it is time to move on to the next step. 

Review The Disclosures On The Mortgage

After having an accepted offer, buyers need to get a mortgage locked in. Important components of a mortgage include the interest rate, the monthly payment, the closing costs, and any prepayment items. A lot of this can be negotiated with the lender, and this mortgage needs to be approved prior to closing. 

Complete The Home Inspection And Appraisal

Buyers will also need to conduct a home inspection and appraisal. In many situations, the lender will set up the appraisal; however, homebuyers need to work with a real estate agent to get a home inspection set up. That way, if there are any major repairs, they can be addressed. 

Renegotiate If Necessary

Based on the appraisal and the inspection, potential home buyers might want to renegotiate the price of the house. Even though it will not necessarily change, homebuyers might want to ask the seller to cover additional repairs that were discovered on the inspection. 

Close On The Home

Finally, after all of this is done, it is time to close on the home. The lender will be responsible for wiring the funds to an attorney, who will disburse the funds to all appropriate parties. From start to finish, this process usually takes about a month.