Homeowners association is a nonprofit association that manages the common areas of a condominium or “planned unit development” (PUD). Unit owners pay a fee to the association in order to maintain areas such as a pool or playground that are owned jointly.
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A REALTOR® is an agent or agency that belongs to the local or state board of REALTORS® and is affiliated with the “National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). They follow a strict code of ethics beyond state license laws and also sponsor the Multiple Listing System (MLS), which is used to list houses for sale.
Title insurance is insurance that protects the lender and buyer against any losses incurred from disputes over the title of a property.
If you’re prequalified it means that you POTENTIALLY could get a loan for the amount stated to you, assuming that all of the information you provide to the bank is accurate and true. This is not as strong as a preapproval.
If you’re preapproved, it means that you have undergone the extensive financial background check, which includes looking at your credit history, previous tax returns and verifying your employment – and the lender is willing to give you a loan, basically meaning you’re approved!
You will usually be provided an accurate figure which shows the maximum amount that you are approved for. Most sellers prefer buyers that have been preapproved because they know that there will not be any problems with the purchase of their home.
A debt-to-income ratio is the percentage of a person’s monthly earnings used to pay off all debt obligations.
A multiple listing service is a computerized listing of the homes for sale in an area listed with a realtor. Agents are granted access to the MLS and can use it to find a house in a particular price range or area.
A gift letter is when an individual gives you money for a down payment as a gift, that person must write you a gift letter so that it can be included in your loan documentation.