Should your life stop just because you're buying a home? Truthfully, you never know what affect actions you take today will have on the mortgage you apply for. Even if you don't plan on refinancing or purchasing for another three to six months from now.
Something as simple as transferring money from your savings to your checking account can create hassles in the mortgage process. I know it may seem a bit much, but lenders are paying closer attention to mortgage transactions today. Sure, the transfer of money seems simple enough.. and maybe it is. But when lenders see a large sum of money transferred into an account, they want a paper trail to know where the money came from and be sure that all accounts balance.
There are at least six things that should be avoided when purchasing a home or refinancing your existing mortgage. Even if you are already 'pre-approved', you should wait until the loan has closed.
Buying, Leasing, or Refinancing a Car - Many people are inclined to 'improve their social standing' by purchasing a car and buying a home at the same time (yes, this includes leasing a vehicle). There's nothing wrong with the concept itself, but buying the car before buying a home can affect what the lender determines you can afford for a home. Since a car is such a big ticket item, it can greatly raise your debt-to-income ratio, which lenders use to determine the amount of home you can afford. Ultimately, it will affect how much home you can purchase. Refinancing your automobile can affect your credit scores. Even though you are probably lowering your payments, the refinanced loan is considered new debt when calculating your credit score.
Becoming Self-Employed or changing jobs - Either of these could have a negative impact on your loan application and overall approval. In most cases, lenders want to see at least 2 years of self-employment. Keep in mind that this means 2 years worth of tax returns, which really means you probably have to be self-employed for more than 2 years in order to provide a full 2 years worth of returns. ** also, income is determined based on the 'Adjusted Gross Income' (after your deductions) ** Wait until after buying a home to become self-employed.
Changing jobs to a 'sales' environment is also risky while you are considering a home purchase. Even though the position you accept is not considered 'self-employment' is it still sales based. If you were receiving a salary prior to your new 'sales' job then you will need to show 2 years worth of sales income. Being in a sales position has similar considerations as being self-employed.
Moving Money Between Accounts - I mentioned this in an example above. When a lenders underwrites your loan to determine your eligibility, they will request complete statements (yes, even the blank pages) from your accounts that contain liquid assets. When you move money around between these accounts, especially if they are large amounts, you will have withdrawals in some and deposits in others. The lender will want to see documentation for these transactions. Most people do not keep all of this paperwork, so it's much easier to leave the money in the accounts until after you have purchased or refinanced your home.
Change Banks - This pretty much ranks up there with 'moving money'. It just creates additional paperwork for you and the lender. The more paperwork, the more likely issues could arise for your home purchase. Not only could there be questions/concerns from the lender, but it could cause unnecessary delays in closing your loan. Stay with your current bank until the mortgage process is complete.
Make a Large Purchase - A large purchase is not just about a car or boat. Now that you are moving into a bigger place, you will probably want to fill it with furniture... and that 'One Year Same As Cash' deal sounds really tempting. Resist the urge to purchase that new sofa set until after you have obtained the mortgage. Again, this is for two reasons. First, it could affect your credit scores and debt-to-income ratios. Secondly, remember that you are not done buying a home until the loan closes. There are no guarantees until that happens. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that could happen which results in a declined loan application. Contact your local mortgage professional to help you avoid any costly mistakes.
Apply For a Credit Card - Although this is the last item I mentioned, this is equally as important. The new credit card won't hurt your credit score too badly if you already have good credit, but it will cause the to question your financial stability for buying a home. For the time being, don't apply for no interest credit cards or department stores. After you are settled into your new home, there will be plenty of time for shopping.
In summary, when you are buying a home or refinancing your current mortgage, it is best to stay away from anything that will look as though you don't have your finances under control. The items above are just a few examples that could cause such a determination.
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