Your Must-Have Home Buying Checklist

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Finally made the decision to go from renter to first-time home buyer? Not sure where to start? No worries! We have put together a list of some basic starters that will get you on the way to your dream home. So, let’s get started!

Preapproval & Prequalification

While you might be excited about searching for “the house,” don’t start your search until talking to a loan officer first! Getting preapproved from your mortgage lender confirms that you’re able to borrow the money necessary to finance the home. While not the same as a cash offer, it shows a seller that you’re not only qualified but also prepared and quite serious about purchasing their home. Another buyer may offer to pay more, but if they aren’t preapproved, you’ll have a leg up. Being prequalified, on the other hand, is not as powerful as a preapproval, but it’s still useful in the offer-making process. Prequalification is an informal nonbinding assessment that indicates you’re qualified financially.


Having a firm idea of where you would like to live helps you get started on narrowing your home search. Whether it’s in a good school district, within an easy commute to work, or just an area that fits you, finding a home in the perfect location is crucial in your house hunting. Location will also play a role in determining the cost of a house. If the home is in a popular metropolitan area, it’s most likely that you’ll get a smaller home for a higher price, unlike homes just outside of city limits that can offer more for a lower price. Be sure to make your decision based on what works best with your budget and needs.

House Details

Once you narrowed your search to the right area, you can start searching for the listings that fit your needs and your budget. A good starting point is figuring out the minimum amount of square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms you need. This makes it easier for you and your realtor to narrow down your list even more so you can begin to schedule house visits. You can specify even more wants and needs with our home buying checklist!

Home buying is a process, and when you follow all the key steps, your home buying journey will be such much easier. Need help on getting started? Contact one of our ALCOVA Loan Officers today!

6 Strategies to Get a Better Interest Rate

While market conditions obviously play a major role, there are some qualifying factors within the buyer’s control that can help secure a lower interest rate. Here are six smart strategies to consider!

5 Tips for Choosing A Reliable Home Inspector

Doing a quick search for home inspectors in your area will come up with numerous options, but as with so many professions, some inspectors are better than others. Here are some handy tips that can assist you in your search for a reliable home inspector!

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Equal Housing Lender LogoALCOVA Mortgage LLC | NMLS#40508 | (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
Licensed in AL, CO, DC, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV | 308 Market St SE, Roanoke, VA 24011