You’ve been careful with your finances, saved for a downpayment, and finally received approval for a mortgage loan. It’s time to celebrate, right?
Not yet. Your lender will recheck your credit right before closing. Don’t give him or her reason to question your creditworthiness by making these mistakes:
1. Changing Jobs
Changing employers could mean delays due to employment and salary verifications. Of course, you shouldn’t ignore a great career opportunity. It means only that optional moves should wait.
2. Making a Big Purchase
Your debt-to-income ratio is an important factor when being considered for a loan. If you add to your debt by purchasing a car or boat, you risk exceeding the ratio that your lender finds acceptable.
3. Opening Credit Accounts
You might apply for a credit card so you’re ready to buy furniture for your new house. But similar to taking on new debt, applying for a new credit account can harm your mortgage approval. The credit inquiry necessary for the new account will ding your credit score a few points, and the lender might wonder just how much you plan on spending with that new account.
Part of the mortgage process is a final check to ensure you can afford the loan. Neither you nor the lender wants the payments to be a struggle, so don’t give the lender any reason to doubt your creditworthiness.
There are other ways a transaction can fall apart before closing. Be sure to consult with your REALTOR® about contract deadlines and other to-do items to ensure you close on your new property.