How do I know I am ready to buy my first home?

Posted on Jul 21, 2021 | Updated Aug 10, 2021 - 1 minute read

If you are a first time home buyer, then it can be a little overwhelming when you are trying to figure out if it's the right time to buy a house.  Well, first and foremost you need a REALTOR to help navigate you through the process and a Lender too.  Most of the time, like with me, an agent will have good lenders to refer you to.  Here are a few things to help figure out if you are ready to buy......

* Do you have money saved up for a down payment & closing costs?  Down payments are anywhere from 3.5% - 20% depending on what type of loan you qualify for and sometimes ZERO down payment with USDA & THDA loans.  This will depend on your credit score, debt to income ratio and other factors.  I have great lenders to help us figure out what type of loan you will be able to qualify for. 

* Do you have "good" credit?  You will need to have at least a 580 credit score for most lenders and a lot of times 620 or more.  There are some lenders that will loan down to a 500 credit score so that's why I have a great relationship with multiple lenders who have different programs available.  

* Employment history - You typically need to have a work history of at least 2 years, but again this is a lender question.  Self Employeed individuals have a harder time getting loans than a W-2 employee does.  It's easier to prove income of someone that has paystubs.  

* Do you have family or friends that can help with a down payment?  You can get help with your down payment as far as a gift, but you will need to have a gift receipt, which the lender can help with and guide you through.  

**** Just pick up the phone and call me today and we can schedule a buyers consulation and sit down to go over all of your options.......  615-859-1748



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2021 President - Women’s Council of REALTORS - Sumner County 

2020 President Elect - Women’s Council of REALTORS - Sumner County 

2020 Professional Development Committee Member - Sumner Association of REALTORS

2019 Hospitality Committee Member - Women's Council of REALTORS - Sumner County

2019 Education Committee Member - Sumner Association of REALTORS


Multimillion Dollar Producer 


Benchmark Realty, LLC 

131 Saundersville Rd, Ste 130

Hendersonville, TN 37075

Cell 615-859-1748

Office 615-991-4949


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