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10 "DO NOT DO" rules before buying a home.


Here are 10 things you don’t want to do while you’re in the process of buying a home: 

1. DO NOT change your job and even less decide to become self-employed as you will be required minimum 2 years income taxes. Lenders want income stability so you are less likely to default on the loan.

2. DO NOT change banks or you will be required a lot of information in order to source your deposits.

3. DO NOT buy anything once you have prequalified with your loan officer. Any new purchase will increase your debt-to-income ratios and thus might result in a loan denial.

4. DO NOT buy furniture on credit before closing. EVEN if you are promised no interest payments until the future. Loans have been denied at closing day due to new debts undisclosed at application. Lenders and Banks review your credit again on closing day.

5. DO NOT be late on your credit card payments nor increase its balances. Your loan approval is based on first credit score enquire. Any other credit move might result in loan being denied in the middle of the process.

6. DO NOT make any cash deposits 2 months prior a loan submission!

Limit your deposits preferably from your work related compensation. All deposits need to be sourced and explained or else banks and lenders might not accept your asset account. Your down payment needs to be “sitting” in your account for at least two months prior to application (known as  “seasoning”) so funds don’t just appear “out of nowhere”.

7. DO NOT lie on your loan application. Sounds simple, right? Omitting recent debts not showing on credit or liabilities you have or fudge your income is fraud.

8. DO NOT co-sign a loan for anyone. Even if you’re not the one making the payments on that loan, it will show up on your credit and thus increase your debt-to-income ratio.

9. DO NOT make too many inquiries on your credit. Looking for new credit translates into higher risk for lenders. If your inquiries are related to your mortgage search, it usually doesn’t affect your credit score because the assumption is you are rate shopping. But opening credit accounts within a short period of time represents some risk and your credit could take a hit. It’s probably not a huge factor in your calculating your ability to repay a loan but why take a chance at this juncture?

10. DO NOT spend the money you will need for closing costs. Part of the price of financing a loan is the closing costs and you’ll likely have some responsibility for paying them. Make sure you have enough saved for your share of the obligation.

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  • Ernest Haeberli • July 12, 2017

    I cannot put into words how strongly we feel about your dedication to meeting OUR needs. Your professionalism, courtesy, follow through, creativeness, and ‘can do’ attitude combine to create a very special package. Thanks Joan!!!

  • Litanya Bright • May 12, 2017

    I am so so excited, I have closed on my home and it was all made possible with the help of Joan and his team (Patricia and Elena) at Clear Lending Home Mortgage. When I first started the process of getting approval for my home, I was nervous and scared of the unknown of being a first time homebuyer and with the Interest Rates steadily increasing would I be able to get a good rate. Well after speaking to Joan for the first time via phone he assured me he would do his best to make it happen and he quickly put my mind at ease. Not only did I close in a little over 30 days, he also managed to get me an Interest Rate of 3.671% . From beginning to the end of the process, the staff at Clear Lending was professional, quick and took great care of making sure that I was informed every step of they way. A special "Thank You" to Joan.. for your hard work, honesty, and dedication in being a dream maker and making my dream of becoming a homeowner true!! I would gladly recommend Clear Lending to anyone looking to purchase a home.

  • Ricardo Cruz • October 23, 2015

    I would like to thank Joan for everything he did for us. He is the best in the business and is very knowledgeable. He made the home buying process very enjoyable and he was available at any time to answer any questions we had. He was easy to contact and easy to talk to. I will be referring everyone I know to Joan. Thank you.

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