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Closing Costs

  • Skobel Homes will pay up to $6,000 in closing costs on your new home!

  • Our full-service home closing department takes care to make closings smooth, quick and easy!

Closing costs are fees paid at the closing of a real estate transaction. The Closing is when the title to the property is conveyed to the buyer. Many services/products that protect your new home are purchased on closing day. Some of these services include a title insurance policy, a homeowner's insurance policy, termite bonds, and warranties.

Preferred Lenders

Skobel Homes works with preferred lenders that will help you secure the most competitive interest rates and are ready to provide you with a wide range of financing options to make purchasing your Skobel Home easy. Contact them today.

•  Becky Bessinger, Ameris Bank

   phone: 352-494-3556



•  Susan Edmonds, Suntrust Mortgage

   NMLSR# 659597

   phone: 352-538-3659


Step 1: Loan Pre-Qualification

Before you start shopping for your new home, it is important to meet with one of our Preferred Lenders and get pre-qualified for a loan.

Getting pre-qualified is the initial step in the mortgage process, and it’s fairly simple. You will supply the lender with your overall financial picture, including your debt, income and assets. After evaluating this information, a lender can give you an idea of the mortgage amount for which you qualify. 

While the pre-qualification process does not guarantee loan approval, it does give a general idea about how much money lenders are willing to provide you. This gives you an idea of which homes fall within your price range.

Step 2: Loan Pre-Approval

Getting Pre- approved is the next step. You’ll complete an official mortgage application, then supply the lender with the necessary documentation to perform an extensive check of your financial background and current credit rating. From this, the lender can tell you the specific mortgage amount for which you are approved. You’ll also have a better idea of the interest rate you will be charged on the loan and, in some cases, you might be able to lock in a specific rate.

With pre-approval, you will receive a conditional commitment in writing for an exact loan amount, allowing you to look for a home at or below that price level. 

An advantage of completing both of these steps – pre-qualification and pre-approval – before you start to look for a home is that you’ll know in advance how much you can afford. This way, you don’t waste time with guessing or looking at properties that are beyond your means. 

Once you have found the right house for you, you’ll fill in the appropriate details and your pre-approval will become a complete application.

Step 3: Home Buyer Don’ts During the Loan Process

Congratulations! You’ve made it this far through the mortgage process. But sit tight and be patient. There’s still the time period before closing when you should hold off on major purchases or lifestyle changes that could adversely impact your finances, your credit, or the interest rate approved for your new mortgage.

  • Don’t apply for a new credit card or line of credit; it can convey to credit bureaus and your lender that you’re over-reliant on borrowing money.

  • Don’t make any large purchases, like a car, or new furnishings for your home.

  • Don’t max out your existing credit limit.

  • Don’t quit or change jobs without telling your loan officer first.

  • Don’t make any large deposits or withdrawals from your bank accounts. 

  • Don’t worry – these suggestions are only temporary.


Waiting until the close of your mortgage process means facilitating the move into your new home more quickly and seamlessly.

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