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7 Tips To Help You Secure A Loan in Athens

You’re ready to buy a house, you know you’ll need a large loan for that. If you’re like most of us, you’re just a little nervous about it – we all fear rejection of any kind. There are, however, several things you can do to increase your chances of getting the financing you’ll need. So here are 7 tips to help you secure a loan in Athens.

1. Improve Your Credit

The first step you’ll take to secure a loan in Athens is getting your credit score as high as possible. A score of about 620 is the recommended minimum, but with a higher score (700 and above), you will qualify more easily and get lower interest rates. A higher score can also help you get more financing so that you won’t have to come up with a high down payment.

2. Increase Your Savings

You will also have a better chance of securing a loan in Athens if you have a good amount of savings. The reason is that there a lot more costs and expenses than just the purchase price of the house – for example, property taxes and private mortgage insurance. And if you can show the lender that you have the wherewithal to cover these costs, they’ll be far more likely to loan you the money you need.

3. Know What You Can Actually Afford

This sounds obvious, but many people neglect to consider it. If you know exactly how much house you can afford when approaching your lender, you will, in their eyes, seem like a much better risk. There are many calculators available for this purpose, but the general rule of thumb is that your home should cost no more than 2.5 times your annual income.

4. Get Pre-approved

Pre-approval will let you know the range of what a bank will be willing to lend you. It will also show the seller that you’re a serious buyer.

5. Consider All Mortgage Options

When you want to secure a loan in Athens, keep in mind that you have several options. You’re not limited to just choosing between 15-year and a 30-year mortgage, a fixed rate mortgage and an adjustable rate mortgage. Choosing the option that best fits your unique situation, say, an FHA loan, will improve your odds of getting financing.

6. Be Patient, Then Pounce

You certainly should take plenty of time to shop and find exactly the right home that falls within your price range. Rushing is almost always counterproductive. But since you know what you can afford and you’ve been pre-approved, you should act fast once you’ve found the house you want. That way, neither the lender nor the seller will have time to have second thoughts and back out.

7. Jump Through the Final Hoops

Finally, be aware that there will be a lot of paperwork and a lot of hoops to jump through to secure a loan in Athens, especially near the end of the process. Your lender will have to have an appraisal and an inspection done before they can officially hand over the cash. And if the appraisal falls short of the sale price or the inspection turns up major problems, you have to negotiate a lower price for the house. A title search will also have to be performed before you can close.

Dealing with banks and other mortgage lenders can be both intimidating and frustrating. But these tips to help you secure a loan in Athens should move you much closer to your home-owning goal.

If are ready to buy in Athens, give us a call at 706-928-9959 or send us a message now!

Georgui Kassaev

Georgui Kassaev was invited to this country in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games. The first place he came to call his home after leaving Russia and performing all over Mexico, was Athens. He became a professional mixed martial arts fighter, then coach, and eventually obtained two black belts in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He formed a specialty carpentry and construction business which sparked his passion for real estate. He then rediscovered his first passion performing. After all, he has performed in the circus since he was eleven years old in front of thousands of people and then again when he was an adult as a professional fighter. In 2018 he landed his first 3 television roles. While acting, he continued developing his real estate skills, becoming a value-add investor in the Classic City and then getting his real estate license. He has now become a listing specialist in the Greater Athens Area, working with homeowners to protect their interests and get them the right price for their property! However, he never abandoned his construction roots and works with investor clients to help them buy properties based on their numbers with no aversion to making multiple offers. Georgui is fluent in three languages Russian, Spanish, and English. He is proficient in video production and social media marketing.

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