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Buying Your First Home

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Mortgage: An Overview

Buying your first home can be intimidating, but that doesn’t mean your mortgage should be. We’re here to walk you through the entire process, from application to closing and everything in between. United takes a personal approach to home financing—we spend time working to understand your current finances and long-term financial goals to match you with the loan product and term that makes the most sense for you. If you have questions at any point, call 1-800-914-8224 to connect with a local lender.
 
Ready to get started? Let’s begin with the basics.


What is a mortgage?
A mortgage is a type of loan that lets you borrow money from a lender to purchase or refinance a home. In exchange, you pay interest on what you borrow (think of this as the cost of being able to use someone else’s money). If you can’t repay the loan, the lender has the right to take the property.

Try our Home Affordability Calculators

Calculators are for informational purposes only and are not considered a rate quote or commitment to lend.
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Why United for First-time Homebuyers?

A house will likely be the largest purchase of your life, and it will be where you’ll spend most of your time. We don’t take that lightly. When you have questions, our team is here to answer your call and walk you through every step of the process. We also have several products designed just for first-time homebuyers—including five 100% financing (no down payment) options and down payment assistance options.2
When you choose United for your first mortgage, you’ll benefit from:
  • Digital application 
  • Online mortgage payments
  • Large selection of mortgage products
  • United Signature Checking Account3
  • Employees committed to customer service
  •  .25% discount when you use auto-pay on certain loan products
  • Competitive rates and closing costs
  • Communication to keep you updated about your loan’s progress

Ready to get started?

Preparing to Apply for your Mortgage

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Prepare Your Finances

To get the mortgage application started, you’ll need several documents prepared: two years of W2s, paystubs covering at least 30 days, two months of bank statements for all your accounts, and your government-issued I.D. Depending on your specific product, there will also be a minimum required credit score.

A member of our team will let you know how much you could qualify for and what your monthly payment would be with varying loan amounts. That way, you can make sure you’re comfortable with your potential house payment before you make an offer on a home.

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United's Mortgage Interest Rates

So many factors go into your mortgage interest rate (credit score, employment, loan term, debt, etc.), and we want to make sure your rate matches your unique financial situation. That’s why we’ll spend time getting to know you and your long- and short-term goals before we create a customized rate quote for you.
 
We believe the first step toward superior customer service is setting realistic expectations. And that starts by quoting you a rate we know we can stand behind.3
 
Ready for your rate quote? Our team of expert mortgage lenders is ready to connect with you.

The Mortgage Application Process

Ready to apply for your first mortgage? It's easy to apply for a mortgage with United Community Bank. Once you have your finances ready, you'll need these items handy to get started!

Form W-2

You'll need to provide the past 2 years of W-2 forms.

Paystubs

You must provide paystubs from the past 30 days.

Government-Issued ID

Driver's License, State Issued ID, Military ID, or Passport

Bank Statements

You'll need to provide bank statements from the past 2 months.

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Not quite ready to apply? Find a mortgage lender to connect with, visit a local branch, or give us a call at 1-800-914-8224.

Finances Prepared: What's Next?

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Start your Home Search

We recommend starting the process by selecting your lender and understanding your home budget—the home search will be much simpler when you know exactly how much home you can afford.

Then you can choose your real estate agent and start searching for your dream home. Once you go under contract, you’ll submit a full mortgage application using all of the financial documentation you gathered (the property address is needed to complete the application). Once that happens, you’ll receive your loan disclosure documents – they outline the loan details and estimated costs.

If your loan application is approved, it heads to underwriting where it receives conditional approval. Basically, that means you’ve met most of the requirements to get your mortgage, but there are still documents our team needs before we can finalize the deal. Keep in mind that those forms aren't the final version and will likely be slightly adjusted once your closing attorney looks at them.
 
It typically takes 30-45 days to go from under contract to closed, with several required inspections in between. Partner with your lender and real estate agent to choose your closing date.

Welcome Home!

At Closing
  • Be prepared to sign lots of paperwork
  • Bring your ID
  • Your settlement agent (closing attorney) will let you know how to pay closing costs and the amount you need to bring to closing (if applicable)
After Closing

The home is officially yours—and it’s time to start making payments. If you prefer to make your first payment by check, you’ll find instructions to do that in your closing package. You’ll also receive an email two weeks prior to your first payment with instructions on how to pay online if you don’t have autopay set up already.


Congratulations!

Congrats! Buying your first home is a huge accomplishment and one that deserves celebrating. Now that you’re a homeowner, your house payment is probably one of the highest bills you will pay each month. So imagine what life would be like if you could eliminate that monthly expense... Learn 4 strategies to pay off your mortgage faster. 

Need a little extra help? Connect with your local lender today!

Call 1-800-914-8224 to get started or fill out the form below.

Connect with a local lender.

Fill out the form below or call 1-800-914-8224 to get in contact with the Mortgage Services team. 
 

Find Your Local Lender

Ali Cook

AVP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Betsy Kelly

Mortgage Originator

Carolyn Swanner

VP, Mortgage Originator

Cindy Stone

VP, Mortgage Originator

Courtney Johnston

VP, Mortgage Loan Originator

David Jolly

Mortgage Originator

David Turner

VP, Mortgage Originator

Donna Robertson

AVP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Doug Schoonmaker

VP, Mortgage Originator/Area Sales Manager

Gwenn Lanning

VP, Mortgage Originator

Jason Blodgett

VP, Mortgage Originator

Jennifer Badger

Mortgage Originator

Jenny Keenan

VP, Mortgage Originator/Regional Sales Manager

Kara Nungesser

AVP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Lisa Mericle

VP, Mortgage Originator

Tabitha Helms

VP, Mortgage Originator

Susan Visi

Mortgage Loan Originator

Lisa Pittman

VP, Mortgage Originator

Susan Barkley

VP, Mortgage Originator

Scott Nation

VP, Mortgage Originator/Regional Sales Manager

Ryan Hulton

VP, Mortgage Originator/Regional Sales Manager

Roseanne Smith

VP, Mortgage Originator

Kitty Mauzy

AVP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Renee Burgess

VP - Mortgage Loan Originator

Paula Buckles

Mortgage Loan Originator

Paul Secondi

AVP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Mikell Richards

VP, Mortgage Originator/Regional Sales Manager

Ryan Smith

VP, Mortgage Originator

Blake McPherson

Mortgage Loan Originator

Matt Burns

Mortgage Originator

Bob Alman

Mortgage Loan Originator

Kim Witte

VP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Angie Abston

VP, Mortgage Originator

Dan Hegeman

Mortgage Originator

Patti Peterson

VP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Bart Poynor

Mortgage Originator

Kathy McClure

Mortgage Loan Originator

Beth Cunningham

Mortgage Loan Originator

Jennine Hunter

AVP, Mortgage Loan Originator

Bailey Boshers

Mortgage Loan Originator

Anna Robison

Mortgage Loan Originator

Marie Spafford

Mortgage Loan Originator

Jamie Pimentel

Mortgage Services - Area Sales Manager

Eric Dunlap

Mortgage Loan Originator

Kevin Bennett

Mortgage Loan Originator

Kelvin Goodwin

Mortgage Loan Originator

Ginny B. Terry

Mortgage Loan Originator

Woody Woodfin

SVP, Regional Sales Manager

Steve Ledford

Mortgage Loan Originator

Jeff Burgess

Mortgage Loan Originator

Erica Smith

Mortgage Loan Originator

Matt Meissner

Mortgage Area Sales Manager

Joy Hutsell-Banks

VP, Mortgage Originator

Bobby Matthews, Jr.

VP, Regional Sales Manager

Nick Morrone

Mortgage Loan Originator

Russell Carmichael

Mortgage Loan Originator

Bryan Segers

Mortgage Loan Originator

Craig Bland

Mortgage Loan Originator

Brianna Grizzle

Mortgage Loan Originator

Cathy Edwards

Mortgage Loan Originator

Fiorella Rastelli

Mortgage Loan Originator

Michael Dietz

Regional Sales Manager

Adam Kirby

Mortgage Loan Originator

Tammy Acker

Mortgage Loan Originator

Sherry Griggers

Mortgage Loan Originator

Jose Moreno

Mortgage Loan Originator

  1. Not all borrowers will qualify. This is not a commitment to lend. Benefits listed may not apply to every borrower.
    2Private mortgage insurance may be required for financing above 80% loan to value. 
    3Avoid monthly service charge on United Signature Checking account by maintaining $15,000 minimum daily balance. You may also avoid the monthly service charge if you maintain $25,000 in combined consumer deposit balance(s) or maintain $50,000 in combined outstanding principal balances in consumer loan accounts owned and serviced by United Community Bank. Additionally, the monthly service charge may be avoided if the primary account holder for this account also maintains assets under management with United Community Advisory Services, or maintains a mortgage loan serviced by United Community Mortgage Services or our mortgage servicing provider on behalf of United. (Note: United Signature Checking, advisory services and third party serviced loans must all be reporting under the same tax identification number in order to qualify for service charge waiver.)
    4Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) loans are variable rate loans; interest rates and payments may increase after consummation. After the initial fixed-rate period, your interest rate can increase or decrease every six months according to the market index. Any change may significantly impact your monthly payment.5Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) loans are variable rate loans; interest rates and payments may increase after consummation. After the initial fixed-rate period, your interest rate can increase or decrease every six months according to the market index. Any change may significantly impact your monthly payment.
    5Rates offered are good only at the time offered. Mortgage interest rate is not guaranteed until rate is locked and then is guaranteed only for set lock period. Property address is required to lock rate.
    © 2023 United Community Bank | NMLS# 421841 | ucbi.com/mortgage | United Community Mortgage Services is the mortgage lending division of United Community Bank. We are an approved seller/servicer for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). Normal credit criteria apply.  This is not a commitment to lend.  Offer subject to change without notice.

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