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13 Jun

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Posted by: Peter Paley

DLC Mainstream Mortgages Homebuyers Guide

Welcome to DLC Mainstream’s New Home Buyer’s Guide

Embarking on the journey to homeownership is an exciting and significant milestone. At DLC Mainstream Mortgages, we understand that purchasing a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. Our New Home Buyer’s Guide is designed to provide you with the essential information and tools you need to navigate the home-buying process with confidence and ease.

Step 1: Assessing Your Financial Readiness

Before you start looking at homes, it’s crucial to assess your financial situation. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Credit Score: Your credit score plays a significant role in determining your eligibility for a mortgage and the interest rate you’ll receive. Check your credit report for any errors and take steps to improve your score if necessary.
  • Budget: Determine how much you can afford to spend on a home. Consider your current income, expenses, and savings. Use our mortgage calculators to estimate your monthly payments and see how different loan amounts and interest rates will impact your budget.
  • Savings: In addition to your down payment, you’ll need funds for closing costs, moving expenses, and an emergency fund. Aim to save at least 20% of the home’s purchase price to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Step 2: Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage pre-approval shows sellers that you are a serious buyer and gives you a clear understanding of how much you can borrow. At DLC Mainstream Mortgages, we make the pre-approval process simple and straightforward:

  • Gather Documentation: Prepare necessary documents, including proof of income, employment history, bank statements, and identification.
  • Submit Your Application: Our experienced mortgage brokers will guide you through the application process, ensuring all required information is accurately provided.
  • Receive Your Pre-Approval: Once your application is reviewed, you’ll receive a pre-approval letter stating the loan amount you qualify for. This letter can be a powerful tool when making offers on homes.

Step 3: Finding Your Dream Home

With your pre-approval in hand, you can start searching for your ideal home. Consider the following tips to streamline your search:

  • Work with a Realtor: A knowledgeable realtor can help you navigate the local market, identify properties that meet your criteria, and negotiate the best deal on your behalf.
  • Prioritize Your Needs and Wants: Make a list of must-have features and desirable extras. Consider factors such as location, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and proximity to schools and amenities.
  • Attend Open Houses and Viewings: Take the time to visit multiple properties to get a sense of what’s available within your budget. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and take notes during viewings.

Step 4: Making an Offer

Once you’ve found the perfect home, it’s time to make an offer. Here’s how to proceed:

  • Consult with Your Realtor: Your realtor will help you determine a fair offer price based on comparable properties and current market conditions.
  • Submit Your Offer: Your offer will include the proposed purchase price, any contingencies (such as a home inspection), and your desired closing date.
  • Negotiate: Be prepared for the possibility of counteroffers. Your realtor will assist you in negotiating terms that are favorable to you.

Step 5: Closing the Deal

After your offer is accepted, there are several final steps to complete before you can move into your new home:

  • Home Inspection: Schedule a professional inspection to identify any potential issues with the property. This step is crucial for ensuring the home is in good condition.
  • Finalize Your Mortgage: Work with your DLC Mainstream mortgage broker to finalize your loan. This will involve a detailed review of your financial situation and the property.
  • Closing Day: On closing day, you’ll sign the final paperwork, pay closing costs, and receive the keys to your new home. Congratulations, you’re now a homeowner!


Buying a home is a complex process, but with the right guidance and preparation, it can be a smooth and rewarding experience. At DLC Mainstream Mortgages, we are dedicated to helping you every step of the way. Our team of experienced mortgage brokers is here to provide personalized advice and support, ensuring you find the best mortgage solution for your needs. Contact us today to start your journey to homeownership with confidence.