The Process of Buying a Home in Sonoma, CA

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Get Familiar with the Lay of the Land in Sonoma, CA

Ready to lay down some roots and buy a house in Sonoma? Congratulations! You picked a lively city with a great balance of educational opportunities, businesses, and parks, and we're here to help the home purchase process go a little smoother. We support 3.8 million customers from coast to coast and know the Sonoma housing market well.

Sonoma's amazing growth has made it a great place to live. But on the flip side, the growth has also led to a shortage of cheaper homes. Continued cultural expansion and economic growth have helped to attract retirees, new businesses, and young families to the Sonoma area, but so much change also means more traffic, more competition, and a need for more schools. That said, Sonoma and its neighboring areas still offer a variety of homes in price and amenities. You can find townhomes, condos, single-family homes, duplexes, and (hopefully) your dream home! When looking to buy a house in Sonoma, consider the home's location in relation to your everyday activities. If possible, drive the route you'd take from the house to your school, office, and favorite hangout spot. Your home's location will influence almost every aspect of your life. Exploring Sonoma will also help you get a feel for how homes in east Sonoma differ from west Sonoma, where to find Sonoma's most popular attractions, and what the neighborhoods are like.

Are you financially prepared to buy a house in Sonoma? If you're not sure how to answer that question, contact a Mr. Cooper Mortgage Professional. We believe in keeping the dream of homeownership alive and work to make the journey less worrisome and more rewarding every step of the way. You could choose to buy a home in California or elsewhere. We work with new and experienced homeowners alike. Start with the following steps to help you see if you're in a good financial position to buy a house in Sonoma.

First, estimate how much house you can afford. This will help you set a price range while house shopping in Sonoma. After that, map out your potential monthly payments (including home repairs, insurance, homeowners association fees, property taxes, etc.). No need to have an exact amount. While everyone's situation is different, an online search for Sonoma averages will usually give you some solid estimates. Keep in mind that your monthly mortgage payment could make up the bulk of your monthly home expenses.

Then, consider how much you can contribute to a down payment. Putting at least 20% down will improve your chances of getting a favorable rate and will allow you to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI). Even so, down payment requirements can differ depending on the loan type. Here's where it can help to get prequalified for a mortgage. Prequalification points you in the right direction as far as how much you may be eligible to borrow. Also, take a good look at your credit. Credit history is an important part of your mortgage application. The better your credit is, the more mortgage options you may be presented with— and who doesn't want more choices in life?

Make Your Move: Buy a Home in Sonoma, CA

As common as moving is, you'd think we'd all have figured out a less stressful way to do it. And yet, it remains a top stressor in life! But when you get to live in a stellar city like Sonoma, moving doesn't seem so challenging. Contact Mr. Cooper as you get ready to buy a house in Sonoma. We're here for you every step of the way and Mr. Cooper® Real Estate Rewards can even put you in touch with a vetted real estate agent who can potentially help you save thousands of dollars.*

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