John Huizenga

Owner, Associate Broker

NMLS 134474

(616) 334-3113

john.homesandloans@comcast.net

Homes and Loans of West Michigan LLC

1354 Baldwin St

Boulder Bluff, Suite 106

Jenison, MI 49428

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AT HOMES AND LOANS,

WE LOVE FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS!

The first step is to talk to a mortgage lender.  

Before you start looking at houses, contact a mortgage lender to qualify for a mortgage. The lender should look over your income, asset information and check your credit. The mortgage calculators online are not a substitute for this important part of the process.

A good mortgage lender will educate and advise you on the different types of mortgages available and which one best meets your needs. You don't want a salesman, you want someone who is experienced and trustworthy.

Many people assume that the bank or credit union where they have their checking account is the best place to obtain a mortgage, but this isn't always the case. The fact that you have had your checking account there for 4 years does NOT help you get a better rate or better service.

As a mortgage broker, I have access to many lenders who don't make up their own rules and offer lower rates and fees.

The basic 'rules' for mortgages come from the same source no matter where you apply for a loan. Most banks add more rules on top of the 'normal' rules. For example, the normal rule is that you can get an FHA loan 2 years after a bankruptcy, but some banks require 7 years.

At Homes and Loans, your mortgage will be processed quickly, AND you will save money! You will be in good hands.

The person you deal with is even more important than the name of the company they work for. No matter where you get a mortgage, plan on some frustration during the  process. All the more reason you need a good mortgage person to minimize the frustration and get the job done. 

It's difficult to recognize an excellent mortgage lender versus a slick salesperson. My advice is to ask for references, specifically on how long they've been in business and the timeframe it currently takes to close a loan.

 

I have over 20 years of mortgage lending experience and have helped hundreds of people buy a home!

Next, find a realtor you can trust!

 

Let's talk about the fun stuff- looking at houses!  

 

In the old days, you would ask a realtor to line up several houses, and then you'd go look at them. Technology has changed everything. 

Most people start by looking at houses online months before they plan on buying one. To make your search easier, I will be happy to help you set up an automated search for houses that meets your criteria.

Once you are serious about looking at houses in person, find an experienced buyer's agent who will lookout for you, and who you feel comfortable with. 

 

Why a buyer's agent? 

 

Because the listing agent works for the seller, not you!

Once you have identified some houses you'd like to see, set up a tour of them with your agent, not the listing agent. Nothing replaces actually looking at houses in person. You may look at 2 houses, or you may look at 20, but when you walk into YOUR house; you'll know it.

Allow me to be your buyer's agent! I will answer any questions you have and help guide you to the right home. I will not be pushy like some realtors I've known. This is your home search, and I am your facilitator and guide. 

 

If you have a parent or someone else whose opinion you trust, bring them along to see the house.

Once we find the home you like, I'll go to work negotiating for you and handling the other things that need to be done; such as the home inspection, getting the mortgage processed, etc.

Having one company do your mortgage and help you find the right house may seem out of the ordinary (which it is), but there are only advantages for you! It's very convenient, and will save you $$.

If you're ready to start this process now, please contact me and I'd be glad to help you!   

 

I love helping first-time homebuyers! 

It's the best part of my job.

To us, your best interest is even more important than the savings. We have worked with many first-time homebuyers, and some have been kind enough to write a testimonial.