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can i find out if their are open houses? I'm not pre qualified yet but anxious to start getting idea

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Congratulations on your decision in becoming a homeowner.  There are many ways to search for open houses within your area but there isn't one specific place that lists them in bulk. It will take a little work on your part to look through the M.L.S. listings, Zillow and other websites that advertise properties.  Your other option is to call the listing companies to ask about upcoming open houses.
Good Luck!

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January 29
Its' great that you plan to start the home buying process! The next step is to speak with a lender that best fits your situation. Then when you do apply for a loan, lenders like myself will need to look at several different things if you are trying to prequalify for a loan. Here a list of things to pre-qualify for a traditional loan.

1) Proof of income for each person that will be on the mortgage which can be demonstrated through: one month of pay stubs, previous year's W-2 forms and tax returns, official documentation to demonstrate other forms of income (alimony, child support, etc.), and two year's tax returns if self-employed (all schedules, all pages)

2) Credit Report which they will pull (Scores as low as 580 can be accepted for certain loans)

3) Employment History or Business Tax Returns if you're Self Employed

4) Personal assets such as: Recent balances and statements for bank accounts, most recent account statement demonstrating market value of any investments (stocks, bonds or certificates of deposit), documentation showing interest in retirement funds, face amount and cash value of life insurance policies, value of significant pieces of personal property, debt information, the balances and account numbers of your current loans and debts, including car loans, credit card balances and any other loans you may have.

These are just a few things you should have ready when you begin your buying process A pre-approval is necessary because most offers from buyers without pre-approvals are not taken seriously. So the best thing for you to do is to speak with a lender such as myself to see if you can get started on financing a new home. If you have any further questions or if you would like a loan, feel free to contact me.

Good Luck!
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January 29
OK - so everyone has told you again and again to get pre-approved - I'm going to assume you know that.

One great thing about checking out open houses is you can get a feel for the agents who show homes in your area.   When you find an agent you click with ask them to represent you as your buyer's agent!

Google open houses in your city and you should find a wealth of opportunities - once you have your agent lined up s/he can let you know where the open houses will be each week!
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January 26

Hi John,

First of all, congratulations on deciding to become first time homebuyer!  Like I tell my clients, becoming a homeowner requires you to not just be financially ready, but emotionally ready as well. Learning as much as you can about the home buying process as well as where you want to live will help you feel confident that you can do this and will be holding the keys to your first home one day.

The homebuying process can be overwhelming at times, after all it's probably the biggest investment you'll ever make. As for myself, I would have never made it through the process without my own realtor guiding me through every step of the way...Now that I am a realtor as well, I break it down for my clients into steps:

1.) Find a realtor you trust and communicate to them what you need/want in a home
2.) Get a pre-qualified with a lender you (and your realtor trust) so you know how much home you afford
3.) Gather and bring in your documents (taxes, pay stubs, bank statements, etc.) to the lender
4.) Start seeing homes with your realtor
5.) Your realtor will take it from there in terms of writing offers and escrow. 

Going to open houses is a way to see what's on the market/get a feel for the community, but unless you get pre-qualified, you won't know if the home is one you can purchase.
Good luck and hope you are a homeowner soon!
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January 26
Another point to make is if you show up to look at a home, you like the home and want to put an offer in it will not be well received without a pre-qualification letter. Also, do you not have a realtor yet? Did you know the buyer's agent (your agent) is paid for by the seller? Free representation!!!
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January 26
The first stage in the home buying process is to get pre-qualified. You don't want to waste your time looking at $300K homes when you can only qualify for a $200K home. Make sense? I am available today if you would like to discuss your situation and work on your pre-qualification.
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