How to Afford to Buy a House in Cape Girardeau, MO

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Steps to Afford to Buy a Home in Cape Girardeau, MO

You want your home to be a haven of happiness, not a financial burden. One of the best ways to ensure that happens is to ready your finances beforehand. Know when it might be better to wait until your situation improves and when you're in a financially strong enough position to buy a home in Cape Girardeau. Start the process with the following steps and contact a Mr. Cooper Mortgage Professional to discuss strategy.

Evaluate every angle of your finances. How do you feel about your financial situation, credit history, savings, and current monthly expenses? A quick check-in with yourself can get you on the right path. A solid way to begin your Cape Girardeau home buying journey is with a healthy credit history, a good handle on your current expenses, and enough savings for a minimum 20% down payment.

Now, let's "put pencil to paper," as they say. Plug in some numbers to Mr. Cooper's affordability calculator and see where you (and your budget) stand. You can calculate how much house you can afford in Cape Girardeau based on income or your desired maximum monthly mortgage payment. Will this number get you into the Cape Girardeau home or neighborhood you've had your eye on? If not, think about increasing your down payment or looking in surrounding areas. If it will, then move on to your next step. Call Mr. Cooper!

It's the right time to prequalify for a house in Cape Girardeau. Prequalification is a more formal estimate of how much of a home loan you could get approved for. It's calculated based on a credit check and a couple of financial details you provide. The prequalification stage is also a great time to work with your lender to find the right mortgage options for you. Get started using Mr. Cooper’s online prequalification tool. Let us know where you want to buy a house in Cape Girardeau, the property type, how you're going to use the property, and if you currently have a real estate agent. Type in your likely purchase price and down payment. Provide a few more personal details and you're clicks away from being prequalified. It's a simple process and prequalification lasts 120 days.

When figuring out what it will take to afford to buy a home in Cape Girardeau, don't forget to budget your time, too. Minutes and seconds are things you never get back, and looking for the perfect home in Cape Girardeau can be time-consuming. Partner with a real estate agent in Cape Girardeau who takes care of the tedious work for you. You can get connected with a top-performing real estate agent in Cape Girardeau and potentially save thousands with Mr. Cooper® Real Estate Rewards.* Try it! Estimate how much you may be able to save on closing costs and real estate commissions with Mr. Cooper’s Real Estate Rewards calculator.

The last step in preparing your finances to buy a house in Cape Girardeau is to apply for a home loan. You're almost at the finish line! Work with a home loan servicer like Mr. Cooper, and you'll receive one-on-one support throughout the home loan, purchase, and closing process. Call Mr. Cooper Mortgage Professionals. They know the details of buying a home, inside and out, and will work to find the loan that fits you best.

Your dream home, or as we like to say, "The One" is waiting for you! Get your finances ready to buy a home in Cape Girardeau and give us a call. Let's get you started on your path to homeownership!

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