Last month I talked about The Don’ts: Home buying deal killers, the things that can negatively affect your mortgage approval process. There was a very extensive list of don’ts but as you can see from a quick glance below….The Do’s list is quite a bit smaller. Although this list is smaller, the following are essential in having a smooth mortgage process.
Do Stay Current on your Existing Accounts: Late payments on your existing mortgage, car payments, or anything else that can be reported to a Credit Reporting Agency can cost you.
Do Continue To Use Your Credit As You Normally Would: Red flags are easily raised within the scoring system. If it appears you are diverting from your normal spending patterns, it could cause your score to go down. For example, if you’ve had a monthly service for internet access billed to the same credit card for the past three years, there is no reason to drop it now. If you want to make your changes, do it after the loan funds.
Do Get Pre-Approved: Having your credit reviewed, your financials analyzed and an official pre-approval gets you prepared for what you can afford ahead of time. This will also allow you time to fix any issues that come up during this process as opposed to being in the middle of the transaction.
Do Call Your Loan Consultant: Start out on the right foot – call a professional today who can guide you through the process every step of the way.
Although the mortgage approval process is much more extensive than it was in recent years, it really hasn’t changed much. The key is being prepared. By practicing these tips and keeping yourself from getting caught up in the Don’ts, you will find the process flowing smoother. And your return will be greater! So, don’t wait…now is a great time to buy a new home or refinance your current one!
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