When is it time to stop renting and buy a home?
When debating between renting vs. buying, you need to think about your lifestyle and finances. While renting can provide more flexibility, owning a home enables you to build equity in the property and may provide tax benefits.
How do I start the homebuying process?
Here are some steps to help you prepare to buy your first home:
• Pay attention to (and improve) your credit score
• Use our Affordability Calculator to see how much home you can afford
• Save money for a down payment
• Save for additional home buying costs (inspections, insurance, deposits, etc.)
• Get prequalified for a mortgage loan
• Find a Home Lending Advisor
• Find a real estate agent
• Start looking for homes!
Can I buy a home if I have less than perfect credit?
We may be able to help you buy a home, even if your credit isn't perfect. Keep in mind that lenders don't just look at your credit history, but also at your ability and willingness to pay in the future
How can I get information on mortgage loan options?
At Chase, you can choose from several types of mortgage loans to finance your home purchase. A Home Lending Advisor can help you understand the differences between the various loan options so you find one that best suits your financial situation.
What documents will I need to apply for a mortgage?
Traditional loans usually require documents that verify your employment, income and assets, and may include:
• Your Social Security number
• Pay stubs for the last two months
• W-2 forms for the past two years
• Bank statements for the past two or three months
• One to two years of federal tax returns
• A signed contract of sale (if you've already chosen your new home)
• Information on current debt, including car loans, student loans and credit cards