First-Time Home Buyer Credit Checklist

Getting a new mortgage for a First-Time Home Buyer can be a little overwhelming with all of the important details, guidelines and potential speed bumps.

Since there are so many rules and steps to follow, here is a simple list of Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind throughout the mortgage approval process:

DO:

  • Continue working at your current job
  • Stay current on all your accounts
  • Keep making your house or rent payments
  • Keep your insurance payments current
  • Continue to maintain your credit as usual
  • Call us if you have any questions

DON’T

  • Make any major purchases (Car, Boat, Jet Ski, Home Theater…)
  • Apply for new credit
  • Open new credit cards
  • Transfer any balances from one credit or bank acct to another
  • Pay off any charge-off accts or collections
  • Take out furniture loans
  • Close any credit cards
  • Max out your credit cards
  • Consolidate credit debt

Basically, while you are in the process of getting a new mortgage, keep your financial status as stable as possible until the loan is funded and recorded.

Any number of minor changes could easily raise a red flag or cause a negative impact on a credit score that may result in a denied loan.

Most importantly, check with your loan officer on even the simplest questions to make sure your loan approval is successful.

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March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

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Bill is the Preferred Mortgage Advisor for Opes Advisors, and will be one of the first team members to contact you. Bill is a Certified Mortgage Planner and as a Mortgage Banker and Mortgage Broker, he has been custom tailoring loan plans for clients for over 20 years. Bill offers financial advice on how to properly structure financing to help his clients save money while building wealth, whether you are purchasing your first home or a seasoned investor. Feel free to contact him at the telephone number provided or e-mail him at bill@trustedloanadvisor.com

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