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With interest rates so low, some people are considering buying a house. According to Bankrate, the national average for a 30 year fixed mortgage is 4.31%. Should you buy a house? How do you know if you're ready? What resources are available to those with limited incomes?
Today I'm reviewing Refinance Mortgage Rates and their free mortgage guides.There are numerous guides offered, but I just want to highlight one in particular – Low Income Mortgage, Affordable Housing. I thought this was interesting because there seems ot be two extreme views that keep getting perpetuated-
- either owning a home is impossible or
- everyone should own a house
I believe that everyone has to right to own property as long as they have the financial resources for it. The mortgage crisis showed, among other glaring problems, that not everyone can afford to buy and/or maintain a house.
Low Income Mortgage, Affordable Housing Overview
The topics covered include:
- Understand what makes a home affordable.
- Be familiar with the various programs available to people seeking affordable housing.
- Programs and options available to the homeless.
- Knowledge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Organizations that cater to low income / homeless demographic.
- Relevant resources for low income earners.
Right off the bat, the guide explains that sometimes affordable housing means renting an apartment versus buying a home. I agree with the thought – you have to look at your own family's financial circumstances before you decide to start the process of buying property.
Lenders are more stringent on buyers' income than they were in the past. One way lenders check is by combing through your household income. They request documentation such as W-2s, pay stubs, bank statements and previous tax returns.
I was impressed that the guide also listed resources and programs for housing (rentals included) for those with low incomes and even the homeless.
The guide seemed quite helpful for those considering whether or not to own a house. The resources listed is a great starting point. I'm curious – how did you prepare your first home?
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