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Guide to Becoming a Homeowner

Owning a home is a big step, whether it's a first home or a new one, and it can sometimes be a rather long and arduous process. Many people aren't sure where to begin when it comes to obtaining a home loan. There are so many different mortgage products on the market today that it's very important for potential homeowners to know all of the loan terms as well as the lender's requirements. Once someone obtains a home loan, the house hunting process begins. Finding the right house and getting the most for one's money is extremely important. After move-in, learning how to manage household finances is also important. Discovering how to fix things without hiring professionals is important since it can save a lot of time and most importantly, money. Learning how to save money on utilities and energy costs is also extremely important. If you're in the market for a home, there is a wealth of essential information you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line. With so many recent changes in the United States economy and the housing market, the rules are beginning to change, so it's very important to keep up to date. Borrowers need to have significant credit, stable income, and usually a sizeable down payment for most lenders to offer a mortgage in the current economic climate. Knowing what's required in advance can put people on their way to home ownership.

Here are some very important and helpful links for future homeowners to utilize:

What you need to know from HUD

FHA Down Payment assistance programs

Important Home Loan Tips

Loan info. For veterans and active military

Mortgage underwriting guidelines

Personalized mortgage quotes

Advice from the federal reserve board

Questions from first time home buyers

12 tips to save on utilities

How to reduce utility expenses

Be frugal with your utilities

Energy Star

Consumer guide to energy saving appliances

Greener home appliance choices

Green homes and advice 

Mortgage affordability calculator

Evaluate your debt to income ratio

Home ownership tax benefits

Public records for real estate tax

Taxes on your home and other expenses

Tax information for homeowners (IRS)

Homeowners Insurance Info.

Find listings all over the US and compare prices

Comparative prices by neighborhood

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