Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

You have decided that you are going to take action to purchase your own home and have applied for a home loan with your Mortgage Loan Officer.  Of course, you are going to obtain your Credit Approval from underwriting to ensure a smooth process.  You’re undoubtedly excited and nervous about the opportunity and want to be sure you take the correct action.

Below is a list of Things You Might Not Want to Do After Applying for a Mortgage. Some may seem obvious, but some may not.

1. Don’t Change Jobs or the Way You Are Paid at Your Job. Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.  Underwriting guidelines for a contract or self-employed person is much different than that of a W2 wage employee.

2. Cash is not King.  Try to Avoid Cash Deposits to Your Bank Accounts. Lenders need to source your money, and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts.  If your cash being deposit is from an asset you sold, you will need to provide documentation to prove ownership/value of that asset.  Discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.

3. Avoid Making Large Purchases Like a New Car or Furniture for Your New Home. New debt may come with it, which would include a new monthly obligation. New obligations create higher debt ratios and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.  If you pay for your new purchase in cash, then your application needs to be updated and cash in the bank does make a difference.  Check with your Loan Officer for guidance.

4. Avoid Co-Signing Other Loans for Anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payments against you.

5. Don’t Change Bank Accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer any money, talk to your loan officer.

6. Avoid Applying for New Credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO® score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.  The Processing Team monitors your credit file throughout your Home Loan process.  Anytime a credit inquiry is made, they are notified.

7. Avoid Closing Any Credit Accounts. Many clients erroneously believe that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts could have a negative impact on your credit score.

Bottom Line

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process to ensure that you meet your goals of owning your own home.

 

Karen Jones is a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer (NMLS 307015) located in Phoenix and serving Arizona families with their home lending needs. As a Banker of over 32 years, Karen is dedicated in ensuring that her clients are well educated and prepared for their new home purchase.  Learn more about our Financing programs and obtain your Underwriting Credit Approval before you start shopping. Let a home loan specialist guide you by contacting Home Loan Officer, Karen Jones from AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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