Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. In order to have a smooth home buying process, it is important to understand the variables that can improve, or even interrupt, the transaction. We’ve created a list of Do’s and Don’ts to follow to keep you on track during the process!
- Keep Your Job – Mortgage lenders usually look for two years of job stability, as a steady paycheck reflects a reliable income to pay off the mortgage
- Pay All Bills on Time and In Full – a single overdue payment on rent, credit cards or any revolving debt can lower your credit score by up to 50 points, which could potentially ruin your chances of getting approved
- Save as Much as Possible – cash in the bank gives you a cushion in case of emergencies
- Verify Your Credit Report Information – just request a copy and review in detail
- Protect Your Savings Account from Fraud
- Save Pay Stubs and Bank Statements – underwriters need two consecutive months
- Document Large Bank Account Deposits
- Make Sure the Information on Your Mortgage Application Doesn’t Change After Pre-Approval – it could affect your eligibility, interest rate, or home buying budget
- Alert Your Lender of Major Financial Changes – in income, employment, or retirement
- Be Available for Conference Calls with Creditors – who may need to verify information
- Make Any Major Purchases – they impact your credit score or debt to income ratio, decreasing the loan amount you qualify for
- Expand Your Credit – don’t increase balances on your current credit cards, apply for new credit cards, allow credit inquires, or co-sign for a loan or credit line
- Close or Consolidate Credit Card Accounts – this will decrease your credit capacity and lower your credit score
- Make Large Transactions Without Documentation – your lender will want to see deposit and withdrawal slips, check copies, and all loan paperwork
As you take on the process of becoming a homeowner, refer to this list to ensure for a smooth and successful closing! Reach out to our team today for any questions and assistance with your mortgage!
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