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Stop! In the Name of Getting a Mortgage

From navigating complex financial requirements to meeting varying qualification criteria, the mortgage application process can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers. To help you navigate this journey with confidence, we've compiled a list of the top mistakes to avoid when applying for a mortgage. Doing any of these things, especially without consulting with your mortgage loan officer, can seriously affect your application and may mean you no longer qualify to purchase the home. 

1. Changing Jobs:

Switching jobs, particularly during the mortgage application process, can have serious implications for your eligibility. If your new job pays less or comes with a different pay structure, or if you won't start the new job until after closing, it could impact your qualifications or delay your timeline. A common issue we get is switching from salary to commission, as we need a history of commission income in order to use it (even if it’s guaranteed!). Before making any career moves, consult with us to ensure it won't jeopardize your mortgage application.

2. Making Large Deposits:

All large deposits into your bank account must be documented when applying for a mortgage. If you're unable to provide documentation for these funds, you may not be able to use them toward your down payment or closing costs. Avoid making large deposits without proper documentation to prevent delays or complications in the mortgage process.

3. Opening New Credit Accounts:

Opening new credit accounts before or during the mortgage application process can adversely affect your debt-to-income ratio. The addition of new minimum payments from these accounts can reduce the amount you qualify for or even disqualify you altogether. Avoid opening new credit accounts until after your mortgage has closed to maintain your financial stability and eligibility.

4. Skipping Payments:

Continuing to make timely payments on your current debts is crucial throughout the mortgage process. This includes your current mortgage, if applicable, as well as other outstanding debts. Missing payments or falling behind on your financial obligations can raise red flags for lenders and jeopardize your mortgage approval.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can streamline the mortgage application process and increase your chances of securing financing for your dream home. Remember, open communication with your mortgage lender is key. If you have any questions or concerns about your financial situation or the mortgage process, don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can help you navigate the path to homeownership with confidence and ease.


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