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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:

  • Roberto & Irene • August 04, 2017

    I wanted to buy a second home, without having to sell my primary home in Florida. I had originally contracted another mortgage broker to help me secure a loan. I spent so much valuable time with this broker only for her to tell me that I could not obtain any financing unless I sold my house in Florida. I was so frustrated with the original broker that I decided to look online for another mortgage company. I found Clear Lending. OMG talk about professionalism, knowledgeable, and the dedication Joan from Clear Lending, and his staff that in 3 months I had a new home in Texas, without selling my home in Florida. The best part of this that under the Clear Lending umbrella I was able to get my mortgage and Real Estate agent under one roof.

  • Erica Proo • March 26, 2018

    Joan is a phenomenal person who took the time to explain in detail the entire loan process and what to expect! His knowledge and dedication made me feel comfortable as a first-time home buyer with a teacher salary. He was there from beginning to closing and even after! Without hesitation, I would seek him again for his services. Highly regarded and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Claudia Diaz • February 07, 2018

    It was an amazing experience. My family and I are extremely thankful for all the hard work Joan and his team , above all Ms Elena and Ms Patricia. They all made our first time buying a home just as easy as it could be , even though my husband had to fix his credit. They told us what to do and what to work in order for us to improve his credit score . They fallowed us and Guided us for almost a year and then when we could be able to buy the process did not last a month . We were approved very quickly and the whole process was very fast , they work very fast and they work with you , they are an excellent team and I would recommend them 100% sure that they will do an excellent job helping you to buy the perfect house . Thank you so much , I am so deeply thankful.

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