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Helping Your Children Buy a First Home

May 22
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From day one, parents help their children with almost everything. But sometimes even adult “children” need a helping hand. This is often the case when it comes to buying a home. Fortunately, there are several things parents can do to help their children buy a first home in New Jersey.

Common Obstacles to Homeownership

For some would-be home buyers, the financial path to buying a house can seem overwhelming at first. Qualifying for a mortgage loan. Coming up with a down payment. These things can seem like insurmountable obstacles to a first-time purchaser.

It’s common for home buyers in New Jersey to get a helping hand from their parents. Consider the evidence. A 2016 survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) found that nearly a quarter of millennial home buyers got down-payment help from a family member when buying a home. Parents were listed as the most common source of financial help.

According to the NAR report: “Overall, the median down payment ranged from 7 percent for millennial buyers to 21 percent for older boomers and the Silent Generation. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of millennials cited a gift from a relative or friend – typically their parents – as a source of their down payment.”

How Parents Can Help Their Children Buy a Home

All of this begs the question: What can you, as a parent, do to help your child buy his or her first home in New Jersey? There are several ways ...


Pre-qualification and pre-approval are commonly used terms that relate to the mortgage process in New Jersey. And while they sound the same, they’re actually a bit different.

This short version is this: mortgage pre-approval in New Jersey is typically a more detailed and comprehensive review, when compared to a basic pre-qualification. Home buyers can benefit from pre-approval in several ways.

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval in New Jersey

These two terms have “pre” attached to them because they happen on the front end of the mortgage process — before the appraisal, before underwriting, and before the actual funding. It’s a way to get the ball rolling. But these two terms are not the same.

Here’s the basic difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval:

  • Pre-qualification is a quick review of your financial situation, often done without any kind of supporting documents or verification. The mortgage lender estimates how much you might be able to borrow, based on the financial information (income, debts, etc.) that you’ve provided.
  • Pre-approval is a more in-depth and useful process. When you get pre-approved for a mortgage loan in New Jersey, you’ll actually provide some additional documents relating to your finances. A credit check is usually performed as well. The end result is that you’ll have a more realistic, and more accurate, ...

NJ Lenders offers a variety of mortgage calculators for New Jersey home buyers and homeowners who are in the market for a loan. This article provides an overview of the mortgage calculators we offer on our site, and how they can help you with your budgeting and planning.

How much will my mortgage payments be each month? How much of a house can I afford to buy? How much income do I need to qualify for a mortgage loan in New Jersey?

These are some of the most common questions home buyers and homeowners have about mortgage financing. Fortunately, we offer several budgeting and mortgage calculators to help you answer these and other important questions.

Overview of New Jersey Mortgage Calculators

You’ll find more than a dozen different calculators on our site. They are designed to help you in your research and budgeting process. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most useful calculators for New Jersey home buyers and homeowners who need mortgage financing.

  • Monthly Payments: There are a lot of mortgage payment calculators available online. But many are limited in the sense that they only allow certain basic parameters, like the loan amount and term. We offer New Jersey home buyers and homeowners a more advanced monthly payment calculator. It allows you to calculate your payments more accurately, by including variables ...

Mention the phrase “mortgage company,” and many home buyers and homeowners think of the big national and multinational corporations.

But a local New Jersey mortgage company might offer a number of advantages you don’t find on the bigger stage. As a recent Wall Street Journal article points out, a local lender could even help you win a bidding war in a hot real estate market.

‘Going Local’ With Your Mortgage Needs

The “shop local” movement has grown steadily in recent years. These days, mindful consumers shop locally for everything from books to produce. It supports local businesses, and puts money and jobs into the local economy. It’s an economic win-win.

So why not shop locally for a mortgage loan? For home buyers and homeowners in New Jersey, working with a local mortgage company can offer several advantages.

Consumer advocates and housing experts have long encouraged mortgage shoppers to consider local lenders based in their city or state. There are several key advantages to this, and one of them has to do with the sheer size of the “big banks.”

Large, multinational mortgage companies are, well, large. The bigger the company, the more business they do. This means that you, as a borrower, might be one of thousands of customers working your way through the pipeline at a given time. So you might not get the attention or efficiency you would receive from a local ...


As a home buyer or homeowner in New Jersey, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a mortgage company. In fact, the idea of choosing one company out of many can seem overwhelming at first. Where do you even begin? Customer reviews are a great place to start.

Using Customer Reviews to Choose a Mortgage Company

As a mortgage shopper, you have several tools that can help you choose a New Jersey mortgage company. Customer reviews should be at the top of your research list, and for several reasons.

Unbiased reviews from current and previous customers can give you a better sense of how a particular mortgage company operates — and how it treats its customers. That’s something you can’t get from advertisements or other marketing materials, which are typically written by the company itself.

NJ Lenders Has Thousands of Positive Reviews

For nearly 30 years, NJ Lenders Corp. has been meeting the mortgage financing needs of home buyers and homeowners across New Jersey. And in that time we’ve earned a large number of positive reviews from our customers (home buyers and homeowners).

“Earned” is the key word in that last sentence. Good reviews don’t come easy. They have to be earned. A mortgage company earns favorable reviews from its customers by helping them accomplish their home financing goals in a timely fashion and with good communication.

Thousands of our customers have taken the time ...


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