Buyer’s Tutorial Looking for some Buyer 101 tips and guidelines? One of the best Home Buyer Handbooks we’ve seen is the one written by the State of Minnesota Office of Attorney General…a great Home Buyer 101 course that takes you from thinking about it to the closing table. Pick and choose the chapter that’s most important to you…if you get stuck and have a question, don’t hesitate to contact Annie and Bob. Enjoy!
SECTION ONE: Thinking About Buying a Home?
Can You Afford a House?
Loan Qualification Worksheet
Monthly Payment Tables
How Will You Ever Come Up with a Down Payment?
What Do Lenders Want from You?
What Is Underwriting?
SECTION TWO: Where Do You Want to Live?
What Do You Want in a House?
Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly
Needs and Wants Checklist
SECTION THREE: The Cast of Characters
How Do I Find an Agent?
Discrimination and Fair Lending
SECTION FOUR: Looking at Homes
Multiple Listing Service (“MLS”)
For Sale by Owner Publications
Shopping the Classifieds
SECTION FIVE: The Perfect Place
The Home Inspection
Making an Offer
Understanding the Purchase Agreement
SECTION SIX: Financing Your Home
Where Do You Find a Lender?
What Type of Loan Is Ideal for You?
Resources for Low-Income Buyers
Will You Need Mortgage Insurance?
BEWARE OF ABUSIVE AND PREDATORY LENDING
LOOK OUT FOR PREPAYMENT PENALTIES
How Can You Get the Lowest Loan Rate Possible?
Closing Cost Comparison Worksheet
The Property Appraisal
Understanding Your Loan Payment
SECTION SEVEN: Closing on Your Home
What Insurance Do You Need to Buy?
SECTION EIGHT: Know Your Rights
Equal Credit Opportunity Act
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”)
Fair Credit Reporting Act
APPENDIX A: Real Estate Agency Disclosures
APPENDIX B: Inspection Checklist
APPENDIX C: Sample Purchase Agreement
APPENDIX D: Sample Buyer’s Contingency
APPENDIX E: Explanation of Closing Costs
APPENDIX F: Good Faith Estimate
APPENDIX G: HUD-1 Settlement Statement