Simple Steps to Buying Your First Home

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Buying your first home doesn’t have to be intimidating. Follow these simple steps designed to help you through the home buying process.

  1. Get pre-qualified – Meet with a qualified home loan specialist to find out exactly how much you qualify for, and what documentation you will need to provide. A credit check will usually be completed by this part of the process.Documentation Needed for Pre-qualification:

    A. 2 recent pay-stubs
    B. 2 months of bank statements to verify funds that will be used
    C. Government issued ID
    D. Most recent year’s tax returns

  2. Find a home – Now that you’re pre-qualified, it’s easier to find the right home. A realtor can help you find the right home for you and, when ready, help with the purchase contract. They are a great resource, but aren’t required for the home-buying process.
  1. Begin loan application – Pre-qualification was just a preliminary step. Once you find a home, and have an accepted offer, we can begin the loan application. If anything has changed since your pre-qualification, updated documentation may be necessary along with a copy of the purchase contract for the home.

4. Complete Due Diligence – A buyer’s due diligence are the things the buyer needs to complete to finish the home purchase. These include:

A. Home inspection
B. Final loan approval

5. Closing – Once all the above steps are completed, you’re ready to close. This is the big day! All parties involved will schedule times to sign the necessary documents to transfer home ownership to you.

 

 

 

The home buying process can seem daunting, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Any Mortgage Loan Professional at Utah Community Credit Union can help walk you through the process. Speak to our mortgage professionals today at 801.223.7640.

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Now is the Time to Refinance

HomeLoanRates@HistoricLows_1If you’ve been thinking about refinancing or buying a home, now may be the time to move on it. Rising home prices are being offset by home loan rates that remain near historic lows.

Home Prices on the Up and Up
Home prices, including distressed sales, rose by 6.8 percent from February 2015 to February 2016, according to housing data analytics firm CoreLogic. Month-over-month prices also were up 1.1 percent from January to February. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, said this trend will continue, noting the “economic forces” of lower home loan rates and strong job creation will support the 5.2 percent home price increase CoreLogic projected for 2016.

Loan Rates Hovered Near Historic Lows in April
While home prices continue to rise throughout much of the country, homebuyers are benefitting from attractive home loan rates. In fact, monthly payments have been tempered by home loan rates hovering near historic lows.

Home loan rates can improve when there is mixed or weak economic data, as well as uncertainty overseas like the recent global economic slowdown. That’s because these factors typically cause investors to move their money into “safer” investments like Bonds, and home loan rates are tied to Mortgage Bonds. When Mortgage Bonds improve, so do home loan rates.

However, strong job growth in the first part of this year signals continued improvement in our economy. If other economic indicators gain traction and also show improvement, investors could move their money from Bonds and into Stocks, to take advantage of gains. Though many factors impact the markets, strong economic news could cause home loan rates to increase.

Finding the Home of Your Dreams
As the spring buying season continues to heat up, more families may be rushing to cash in on historically low home loan rates. That means finding the right property—and landing it—may be a mad dash for limited inventory. March Existing Home Sales were up 1.5 percent from a year ago, and March Existing Home Sales jumped 5.1 percent from February’s sharp decline to an annual rate of 5.33 million units. While sales are good, the National Association of REALTORS® reported that March’s existing housing inventory showed 4.5 months’ worth of supply; a six-month supply is viewed as normal.

Housing Starts, which measures the number of residential units on which construction has begun, also were up in March over a year ago by 14.2 percent. Building Permits, which are a sign of future construction, declined 7.7 percent from February to March 2016, hitting a 12-month low of 1.09 million units.

If you are in the market for a home, or if you’re considering a refinance, home loan rates remain in historically low territory. Please don’t hesitate to contact UCCU if you have any questions about rates, home loan products or refinancing.

 

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President's Message April 2016

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We are well into our 60 year celebration and many people are taking advantage of our Cash for You, Cash For Your School initiative. Don’t forget that for every loan you transfer to UCCU we will give you 0.5% cash back, as well as donate 0.5% cash back to the K-12 school of your choice. Tell your friends and neighbors and help support local education.

The Utah housing market is booming. There is significant demand for mortgage and construction services and consumers are continuing to build equity due to rising housing prices. With the growing population rate and the increasing demand for housing, appreciation rates have continued to rise and will likely continue to be favorable.

Trying to help your children get into their first home? It may be easier than you think. UCCU has our first time home buying program that takes the guesswork out of finding the home of your dreams.  UCCU offers support and resources to help you find the right loan product to suit your financial needs. Our BuyerRelax program offers access to mortgage experts who can answer any question – big or small.

It is our pleasure to serve you! We want to be your trusted financial partner now and into the future. Take full advantage of your membership by visiting with one of our financial experts. If you are not yet a member – become one and let the benefits of UCCU membership help you save money, make smart financial decisions, and propel you and your family closer to you financial goals and dreams.

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Jeff Sermon
President/CEO

 

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