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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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Customers Reviews:

  • Jimmy Nuno • February 05, 2014

    Dear Joan,

    Thank you so much for helping us get our very first home. You were very helpful every step of the way. Thank you for your patience, kind manner, and incredible knowledge in getting us approved and into our first home in such little time. I will send anyone I meet wanting to get a home straight to you. You are the very best Joan! Thanks a million.

    Jimmy Nuno & Juany Diaz

  • Javier Rodriguez • November 05, 2015

    BEST LOAN OFFICER!!! I had a terrible experience with Nations Reliable Lending. After wasting time, I met Joan Gallardo. He cleaned my credit explaining WITH details what had to be done. He worked day, nights, even on SUNDAYS on getting me approved. Who does that? Just Joan Gallardo!!! I got a 100% financing thanks to Joan. Thanks to Joan my family and I have a place to call a HOME. I recommend everyone to contact JOAN GALLARDO! You will NOT regret it. Thank you Joan!!

  • Roy & Denita Hawkins • July 19, 2017

    Joan and Clear Lending were a blessing for our family! Prior to working with Joan, I ran into one brick wall after another with financial institutions that simply judged me based on a "credit score" without taking into account any contributing factors beyond my control. Fortunately for us, we met Joan. He was able to do something that up until that point seemed impossible...approval for a home purchase! He worked long hours and showed great patience. We have been in our new home purchase a little over two months and we owe Joan a great deal of credit. I recommend anyone who is interested in purchasing a home to give Joan a call before you give up. If it can be done he is the guy to make it happen! I have already referred a family member and they are excited. Thanks, Joan!

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