6 Tips on Getting in Shape to Buy a Home

Buying a House in the USAThis is a great market for homebuying- interest rates remain low and there’s still some inventory priced to sell.  If you’re thinking of buying your first home, or buying up, check out this article I helped AP writer Alex Veiga with to see how to get your finances in tip top shape and ready for approval.



After years in the doldrums, the housing market appears back on track. Home sales and prices are up, and mortgage rates remain near historic lows, reinvigorating the appeal of homeownership.

But qualifying for a home loan remains a hurdle for anyone without a solid personal balance sheet.

“Now the requirements are much stricter,” says Erin Baehr, a certified financial planner in Stroudsburg, Penn. “You have to have the right income, you have to have the right credit score and you have to have the right down payment to get the best rates out there.” 

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