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Before You Buy - To Do List

  • Request a Free Copy of DFI's Guide to Home Loans
    Educate yourself about the mortgage process by ordering a free copy of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions' (DFI) Guide to Home Loans.

    View Online (PDF)
    Order From DFI
  • Attend a Free Homebuyer Education Seminar
    Educate yourself by attending a free homebuyer education seminar sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

    Washington State Housing Finance Commission Seminar Schedule
  • Determine How Much You Can Afford - Use the 28/36 Rule
    A general rule used by mortgage lenders is the 28/36 rule. Your monthly household payment should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income. The total debt you owe, including your monthly household payment, should not exceed 36% of your monthly income.
  • Check Your Credit History
    Before you start shopping for a home, check your credit history at www.annualcreditreport.com. Fix any problems that you discover.
  • Educate Yourself
    Learn as much as you can about the home buying process and the different types of loans available. See the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions Free Guide to Home Loans. It explains the complicated home buying process in detail.
  • Verify That You Are Working with Licensed Professionals
    Be suspicious if anyone tries to steer you to just one lender or real estate professional. Verify licenses for:

    Real Estate Professionals - Department of Licensing 360.664.6505
    Mortgage Brokers - Department of Financial Institutions 1.877.RING DFI
    Lenders - Department of Financial Institutions 1.877.RING DFI

Free Homebuyer Classes

Educate yourself by attending a free homebuyer education seminar sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Resources

Guide to Home Loans

DFI's free Guide to Home Loans contains information, tips, and resources for first-time home buyers.

DFI's Guide to Home Loans can be viewed online (PDF) or ordered from DFI's website for free.
Guide to Home Loans
 
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