17 Steps to Successful Homeownership

Written by Posted On Friday, 13 December 2013 16:36


Homeownership continues to be an integral part of the American Dream. The reasons Americans invest in buying a home have stayed constant throughout the housing recovery. According to Fannie Mae, the top 5 reasons people buy a home are:

  1. To have a better place to raise their children
  2. To have a place where their family can feel safe
  3. To have more space
  4. To have freedom to renovate to their own taste
  5. Owning is a better investment.

Before setting out on your home buying adventure, assemble a team of real estate experts to help you on the journey. Take time to research, interview, and find the best real estate professionals for your needs and wants. Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is a great place to start the search for loan officers, mortgage brokers, mortgage banks, savings and loan companies, and credit unions. Your team of experts will guide you through each step on becoming a new homeowner.

Below is a timeline of each stage in the home buying process. The summary was provided courtesy of Wendy M. Doerzbacher, a Senior Mortgage Planner with Academy Mortgage Corp in Hauppauge, NY. 

  1. Pre-Approval: Fill out a quick profile form, submit preliminary documents, and schedule a consultation with your mortgage planner. 
  2. Find a Home: Make a list of your wants and needs. Hire a realtor to help find the perfect home.
  3. Make an Offer: Offer is accepted and binder is signed. Schedule home inspection. Inspection report goes to your real estate attorney.
  4. Purchase Contract: Review and sign your purchase contract with your real estate attorney.
  5. Loan Application Process: Gather remaining documents and submit with executed loan forms, disclosures, and executed contract of sale from seller. Your file is submitted to the loan processing department. 
  6. Appraisal Order: Appraisal is ordered within 48 hours of signing the contract. The appraisal report is usually completed within 5 days.
  7. Processing: Loan processor completes all verifications for credit, employment, and assets.
  8. Appraisal Report: Report is received and reviewed. Copy is sent to you. Processor updates any outstanding conditions pending your loan approval.
  9. Underwriting: Processor submits your file to the underwriting department for final approval and commitment letter. The commitment letter is issued to you and your attorney for review and signature.
  10. Title Report: Your attorney submits the title report to the bank attorney for review and clearance. 
  11. Insurance: Use the copy of your appraisal report and mortgagee clause to help choose homeowners insurance. Title insurance, flood insurance, and home warranty are also part of protecting your investment.
  12. Clear to Close: Submit all closing conditions noted on commitment letter for final clearance.
  13. Schedule Closing: You and your attorney are notified that your file is clear to close. A closing date is scheduled by your attorney and the seller’s attorney with the bank attorney. 
  14. Final Walk Through: A final walk through of the property is done to approve the condition of the house before signing closing documents.
  15. Closing: All parties sign closing documents with the bank attorney. Certified check instructions are provided 24 hours before closing.  
  16. Homeownership: Transfer of title from buyer to seller. Congrats you are now a homeowner! 
  17. Post-closing: Grieve your property taxes and apply for STAR. 

Homeownership remains a powerful part of the American Dream. Create a team of real estate professionals to help guide you through the home buying process and achieve your dream of homeownership. 

About Wendy M. Doerzbacher:

Serving mortgage clients since 2005, Wendy enjoys working closely with clients to educate and assist them the mortgage process from pre-approval through to loan closing. Wendy stresses the importance of understanding how a mortgage should be suitable for their overall financial and life style goals. Unlike the major banks, Wendy’s attention to detail and pro-active support team enable her to guide clients through the mortgage process with a personal touch so they do not feel like they are alone. With constantly changing banking guidelines and regulations, Wendy keeps in close communication with clients to ensure a successful closing.

Wendy’s goal is to provide value to at least one person every day. Let today be your day.

About Academy Mortgage Corp:

Headquartered in Farmingdale, New York, Academy Mortgage Corp. is a privately held direct mortgage lender serving the New York mortgage market since 1998. Academy Mortgage understands how important a home investment is to you and the impact it will have on your life. We make every effort to find the best loan program and pricing for your situation and provide superior value. We are also committed to responsible lending and safeguarding your home investment while eliminating risk. 

Above all, Academy Mortgage will provide honest and ethical service in every aspect of the loan process.  

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