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Preparing Your Finances for Homeownership

Preparing to own a home requires you to take a close look at your personal finances. Here is a list to help you get ready. For more info, visit

  • Get your credit in line - Do you have a lot of credit cards or outstanding loans? Do you pay your bills on time? These are things a lender will look at, so it's important to check out what your credit score is, especially if changes need to be made.
  • Track your spending - If you're going out to dinner 4 nights a week and buying expensive outfits all the time, you need to track it in order to see where you can cut back before purchasing a home.
  • Create a budget and stick to it - It may be difficult at first, but this will help you in saving enormously and help you avoid sticky situations.
  • Save, save, save - Create a savings account if you don't have one, and make a conscious effort to put money into it as often as you can. Remember, if you need to pay a 20% down payment on a home, having money up front is essential.

Jeff Mateja is the CEO/REALTOR at Universal Properties at Keller Williams Realty in Portland, Maine, and founder of, a blog about everything Portland, Maine, and beyond. Jeff also offers two premier home search tools for Buyers via and If you would like further information on any blog topics, please e-mail Jeff Mateja.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsJeff Mateja • June 07 2012 12:57PM