It's important to know what you can actually afford (that also fits your lifestyle) before you start the shopping process.
Many people get pre-approved for the maximum they will be able to afford with their income and debts - but that number doesn't always factor in vacations you like to take, fun things you like to buy, or the running tab you have at your favorite restaurants.
TALLY THE YEAR
First, we recommend making a budget from the previous year that truly shows what you spent on EVERYTHING. While you're doing this, you should also...
GATHER YOUR GREEN FILE
A green file contains all your important financial documents. You will need it to secure financing for your property. The typical green file should contain:
Recent pay stubs
Tax returns for two years
Copies of leases for investment properties
401K statements, life insurance, stocks, bonds, and mutual account information.
CHECK YOUR CREDIT SCORE
Your credit score will have a huge impact on what type of property you can buy, and at what price. The lender will research your credit ratings from the three credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.
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