Ultimate Checklist for First Time Home Buyers

Buying a home not only includes of a monster to-do list that takes about 4 months to complete, but also the consumption of volumes of new information. I don’t know about you, but it’s tough to survive an ordinary day without my “to-do” list. On the rare occasion I don’t have one, I find myself attempting to review a list in my head, forgetting one item, and then remembering it, only to forget another. I remember my mother’s to-do list. It was a daily ritual, like The Bible, she always had one by her side. She celebrated the completion of each list, only to start a new one the next day – a mother’s dilemma… While I’ve been going through my own first time home-buying journey, my love of lists has grown exponentially. In fact, I’m not sure I could survive this complex process without knowing “what to expect” and “how to get there”.

Home Buyer Checklist

Although it may simply be my “fear of the unknown” (aka Anxiety), from a logical standpoint, knowing what to expect for the coming months, while making the biggest purchase of a lifetime, is…logical. Would you ever take a long road trip without directions or a road map? Now lets add a $200K investment to that road trip. Need I say more? Starting with our home ownership Myths vs Facts infographic and this Ultimate Checklist for First Time Home Buyers infographic, you’ll get a great start. Knowledge is Power = Confidence!

This Ultimate First Time Home Buyer Checklist is a fun way to get started with your own home buying “to-do” list. Starting out with bite-sized gems of information is far less overwhelming and will get you ready with the foundation of knowledge you’ll need to prepare for the details to come!

Throughout this First Time Home Buyer Educational Series, together we’ll discover the many helpful ways to avoid first time home buyer surprises. For example, Closing Costs. These can amount to a pretty hefty number, on average 3%- 5% of the purchase price, about $4,500. Many first time home buyers don’t know about these up-front costs. While this rate can be negotiable, it that doesn’t work as well as planned, TitleMax™ may be able to help.

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1 Title-Secured Loans, Secured LOCs and Title Pawns: Maximum pledge amount in Mississippi is $2,500. Maximum loan amount in Tennessee is $6,500, assuming customer qualifies for and accepts both the pledge max of $2,500 and Secured LOC max of $4,000. Refinancing is not available for Mississippi or Tennessee Pledge products. Minimum loan amount for title-secured loans in South Carolina is $601.

Must be at least 18 years of age (19 in Alabama). Account approval requires satisfaction of all eligibility requirements, including a credit inquiry and motor vehicle appraisal. Must present valid government issued ID. Certain other eligibility requirements and terms & conditions apply. Loan/LOC/Pawn amounts vary by states and product. LOC customers are subject to a periodic collateral review to maintain credit limit. Proof of income documentation and ability to repay analysis is required in Missouri, Nevada, some Texas locations, and Utah.

2 Personal Unsecured Loans/LOCs: Unsecured loan amounts and products not available in all stores/states. Max loan amount for first time borrowers is $1,000 ($500 for an in-store personal loan in AZ). Returning customers with a good payment history may qualify for higher loan amounts, currently up to $2,500. Loans above $1,000 ($500 for an in-store personal loan in AZ) require two consecutive pay stubs showing direct deposit. In-Store: Account approval requires satisfaction of all eligibility requirements, including a credit inquiry. Bring in proof of income (dated within the last 30 days), active bank account details (dated within the last 45 days), proof of residency, a voided check, and a valid government-issued ID to apply. In AZ, a valid AZ motor vehicle registration in your name is also required. Min $601 in SC. Without SSN or ITIN, max loan amount is $300. Online: If you do not have an SSN or ITIN, please visit us in store to apply. Additional items required for eligibility, including: a valid and active email address and telephone number, a valid SSN, and proof of residency for the state in which you are applying (currently AZ, DE, KS, MO, MS, SC, TN, TX, UT or WI). Min $610 in SC. Certain other terms and conditions may apply.

– California, Illinois and Virginia Residents: TitleMax® no longer originates new loans in CA, IL or VA, but continues to service existing loans.

– Please see our California Resident Notice at Collection and Privacy Policy: Submit a Verified Consumer Request to understand what information we collect, disclose, or sell, to request that we delete your information, and/or opt out of selling by clicking Do Not Sell My Personal Information.

– In Georgia, TitleMax offers Title Pawns.

– New Mexico Consumers: please see important New Mexico Consumer Information and Disclosures.

– In Nevada, title loans should be used for short-term financial needs only and not as a long-term financial solution. Customers with credit difficulties should seek credit counseling before entering into any title loan transaction. Ability to repay analysis with income documentation required.

– In Tennessee, TitleMax offers title pledges, and secured and unsecured Lines of Credit (“LOC”). Only one LOC account allowed per customer, inclusive of other lenders. LOC customers are subject to a periodic income (and collateral, if applicable) review/validation.

– TitleMax of Texas, Inc. and TitleMax Online of Texas, Inc., d/b/a TitleMax acts as Credit Services Organizations to assist customers in obtaining a loan through an unaffiliated third-party lender. Please see store associate for details. Please see Texas Schedule of All Fees. TitleMax does not offer pawn loans or pawn transactions in Texas.

– TitleMax®, TitleBucks®, and InstaLoan®, are not considered competitors. Please see a store associate for details.

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