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First-Time Homebuyer Guide
Making an Offer

Making an Offer

Your REALTOR® will help you prepare your offer to the seller. You can strengthen your offer by attaching your pre-approval. 

Determine your offer on: 
  • What you can comfortably afford based on pre-approval
  • Prices of similar homes in the same neighborhood
  • Condition of home
Don't be surprised if you receive a counteroffer. Your REALTOR® will help you decide whether you can accept that offer, or if you want to make a new one. 
 

Your Offer is Accepted. Now What?

If you haven't provided verification of your income and assets in the pre-approval process, you will need to provide those documents to your lender. Also, be prepared for paperwork and questions. 

Click here for a full list of documents you will need to make the process smoother.


Watch: First-Time Homebuyer Tip - Expedite Process
 

Time to Lock Your Rate

If you decide to lock your interest rate, it means the rate won't change even if rates go up or down while you're waiting for your loan to be approved. If you think interest rates will go down, consider waiting to see if you can lock a lower rate.

Once you've made the decision, your lender will submit your application and financial information to a Loan Processor. 

Watch: First-Time Homebuyer Tip - Interest Rate


Fixed or Adjustable Rate »
   

Talk to us

To apply for a mortgage or get answers to questions, call our Mortgage Specialists at 317.558.6160 or 866.367.8600 or email us at forummortgage@forumcu.com.

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