are so many misconceptions about what should be
done or not be done while obtaining a mortgage.
These are the Top Ten Misconceptions
people have or do That can slow down a mortgage
process and cause a loan to be declined.
NOT open a new credit card or a new loan.
if you can afford the new payment or can get a
"discount" by opening the credit card.
This shows up as new credit without a
history and potentially can lower your credit
a few point differences can change what kind of
rate you qualify for.
We know you might want new furniture
and/or appliances, but please wait until you
close, before applying for any new credit.
NOT pay off collections or Charge offs.
seem foolish, but sometimes your collections are
old, and if you make a payment on them to pay
them off, it brings them as a current account
that shows late.
Your loan officer will advise you what to
pay off and when to do it.
go over your limit or come within 50% of it.
to charge as normal, but don't come close to
your limit, and donít charge more than you
normally would in a monthís cycle.
Try and keep your balance below 50% of
Which means if you have a $1000 limit, do
not let your balance go over $500.
If you go above the 50%, credit
agencies sense you are having trouble
financially and cannot manage your money.
This is not always the case, but your
credit score is determined by a machine, and
thatís what it looks for.
Consolidate your cards
may sound like a great idea, but how it appears
to the credit agency, you have a lot of credit,
reduced it to 1 credit card, and now your
balance is at your new limit, which doesn't
allow for future charges.
Doing this WILL drop your score.
Close your credit cards
them down to zero, rip them up, throw them in a
drawer & donít use themÖ. but don't
Keep them open.
Having credit is not bad, paying your
open a new Checking or savings accounts.
want 90 days paper trails of where your money is
will just be harder for you to prove where your
money is coming from, if itís in multiple
you get a gift that is fine.
Get a check, make a copy of it, and keep
NOT change your employment
silly too, but try to wait until after you buy
Many banks make you wait until you are 30
days or more on your new job with a pay stub
showing reflecting that.
If you are bettering yourself and/or
don't have a choice, of course, change your job,
but expect delays in your approval.
Banks will call for verification of
employment the day you are closing.
NOT Deposit Cash
cash is not accepted in a purchase transaction.
Sounds silly, and people sometimes think
if you have a bunch of cash thatís a good
not banks still need the paper trail and you
can't prove where you got cash from.
So if you sell something, make sure you
have a bill of sale and get a check for it.
If you get a gift from a family member,
make sure itís a check and you deposit it.
Unexplainable large cash deposits are
Pay your bills on time
people think they will hold off on paying stuff
until after they
on a house.
DONíT DO THAT.
New credit reports are pulled
before closing to make sure everything is up to
date, and no new credit has been taken out.
Listen to your loan officer!
loans have changed dramatically in the past 2
have been able to do a few years ago, doesn't
Sometimes what a bank asks for may seem
unreasonable, however banks are cautious to lend
money in the current environment, and extra
steps may be required for approval.
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