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8 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO WHEN APPLYING FOR A HOME LOAN
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If you're thinking of buying a home or refinancing in the next 2 years - make sure you get this report to avoid these common mistakes.
This quick report shows you 8 areas of vulnerability that can cost you extra $$$ if you don't know these trade secrets including:
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And by the way...here are 6 "To-do's" to get your credit & financial status ready!
Over the past 20 years that I've been in the mortgage business, I've counseled over a thousand people just like you on ways to improve their financial standing to achieve the mortgage loan they desire. This includes the things you can DO to improve your credit score and profile to get the best rate, term and closing costs from a lender.
Your To-Do Listing Includes:
Make your mortgage or rent payments on time. A late mortgage payment is damaging in the lenders eyes. Make sure you keep proof of your payments either by check copies, online receipts or statements.
Make sure your credit is well-rounded. One credit card doesn't give the lender much confidence in your ability to manage a loan. A couple of credit cards and possibly an installment account (like a car loan) creates a more complete picture.
Keep your balances at less than 50%. The credit bureaus are more favorable when a credit balance is less than half of the available credit. This means you should owe less than $500 on a card with a $1,000 limit. It also means that if you have 2 cards with $1,000 limits - it's better to have $400 on each than an $800 balance on one card.
Apply for a credit card if you don't have any. If you're the kind who likes to pay cash for everything - that's great - but it means you have a 'ghost' credit score and the lender may not qualify you. Open one or two cards, use them and pay them off each month if you want but at least you'll begin building your credit history.
Keep important documents handy. Paperwork such as tax returns, W-2's, Financial Statements, Divorce Decrees, Bankruptcy & Short Sale documentation are all going to be requested from a lender. Do yourself a favor and create a file now so you'll know where to find these crucial documents.
Talk with a loan officer 6 months to 2 years BEFORE you plan to buy or refinance. This might sound like putting the cart before the horse but planning is essential to an easy and optimal transaction. A qualified mortgage officer can advise you on ways to get your credit profile in shape. This is especially true if you have rental properties.
Now I'll be the first one to tell you that NOTHING is certain in the ever-changing lending world. New programs appear and old ones disappear, guidelines become stringent or relaxed and home values fluctuate. The best advice will come from a professional loan officer who knows your situation.