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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:

  • Nicole Elizabeth • June 05, 2015

    Joan was amazing! After being let down by Chase mortgage company, Joan and his team picked up the pieces and helped me out tremendously! I would recommend going through him for loans instead of a big commercial bank. No matter what time of day; he would answer any questions or reached out to me about any concerns. He is with you and the realtor every step of the way to help get you a home. Very passionate about helping clients get a home! I would like to thank Joan and his team for helping me get my first home! Y'all made the home buying process easy for me! Thank you again. I love my home.

  • Luis Ramirez • October 29, 2015

    Joan is an awesome loan officer! Not only has he helped me but also my family and friends I referred him. He literally is available any time you have questions or need him. He makes the home buying/refinance process very stress free. With his professionalism and expertise, he finds a way to get you the house of your dreams. I highly recommend him!

  • Zulma Y Carlos • May 14, 2016

    Gracias Sr. Gallardo por realizarnos nuestro sueno de tener nuestra propia casa, por asignarnos un buen realtor, apreciamos todo el tiempo que ud dedico para obtener el mejor de los creditos y el mejor interes para nosotros, pocas personas encontramos como ud. totalmente dedicado y enfocado a darnos el tiempo necesario en cualquier momento y hora, son una mortgage totalmente seria, nosotros lo recomendamos 100% Dios le bendiga siempre.

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