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How To Get Financially Fit To Buy a Home

Here are three tips to help you get financially fit to buy your first home! These tips help whether you're saving for your deposit or figuring out your budget.

When it comes to homeownership, several steps come before purchasing your dream home. Before diving head first into the decision to buy, it is important to be sure that you and your family are prepared physically, emotionally and financially. 

Check out these tips to help you get financially fit before purchasing a new manufactured or modular home!


Calculate your current debt to income ratio, so you know how much you spend each month. 

To prepare for increased monthly housing expenses, estimate the increase for a monthly house payment and begin saving that amount each month. Having a budget will allow your lifestyle to transition in a way which accommodates a new payment amount. 

You can also implement strategies that make paying your bills easier and help ensure you'll never miss a payment.

Credit Score

Your credit score is one factor that will determine the type of loan and the interest rate you may qualify for. Pulling a credit report yourself allows you the opportunity to make sure there are no errors that might affect financing.

If there are errors on the credit report, you can work on having them corrected prior to applying with a lender for a loan.


It is important to reduce delinquency that may appear on your credit report. Of course, it helps to have a report without any history of late payments, but the most important thing is paying delinquent balances prior to applying for a loan.



Fact Sheet

Monthly Budget Sheet

Creating a budget is hard, and even harder to stick to. Get helpful savings tips and our free budget worksheet to help you get started!

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