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10 "DO NOT DO" rules before buying a home.


Here are 10 things you don’t want to do while you’re in the process of buying a home: 

1. DO NOT change your job and even less decide to become self-employed as you will be required minimum 2 years income taxes. Lenders want income stability so you are less likely to default on the loan.

2. DO NOT change banks or you will be required a lot of information in order to source your deposits.

3. DO NOT buy anything once you have prequalified with your loan officer. Any new purchase will increase your debt-to-income ratios and thus might result in a loan denial.

4. DO NOT buy furniture on credit before closing. EVEN if you are promised no interest payments until the future. Loans have been denied at closing day due to new debts undisclosed at application. Lenders and Banks review your credit again on closing day.

5. DO NOT be late on your credit card payments nor increase its balances. Your loan approval is based on first credit score enquire. Any other credit move might result in loan being denied in the middle of the process.

6. DO NOT make any cash deposits 2 months prior a loan submission!

Limit your deposits preferably from your work related compensation. All deposits need to be sourced and explained or else banks and lenders might not accept your asset account. Your down payment needs to be “sitting” in your account for at least two months prior to application (known as  “seasoning”) so funds don’t just appear “out of nowhere”.

7. DO NOT lie on your loan application. Sounds simple, right? Omitting recent debts not showing on credit or liabilities you have or fudge your income is fraud.

8. DO NOT co-sign a loan for anyone. Even if you’re not the one making the payments on that loan, it will show up on your credit and thus increase your debt-to-income ratio.

9. DO NOT make too many inquiries on your credit. Looking for new credit translates into higher risk for lenders. If your inquiries are related to your mortgage search, it usually doesn’t affect your credit score because the assumption is you are rate shopping. But opening credit accounts within a short period of time represents some risk and your credit could take a hit. It’s probably not a huge factor in your calculating your ability to repay a loan but why take a chance at this juncture?

10. DO NOT spend the money you will need for closing costs. Part of the price of financing a loan is the closing costs and you’ll likely have some responsibility for paying them. Make sure you have enough saved for your share of the obligation.

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  • Ashley Magallan • August 21, 2018

    I owe it all to Joan for making our dreams come true. I never thought I would own a home, but Joan made it happen. He was there for me at all hours of the day with questions and concerns I had. Everyday he would communicate with me, on how the process was going. Joan is on top of everything and SUPER fast. If any one is the need of buying a home, I would totally recommend him!

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  • Zulma Y Carlos • May 14, 2016

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