7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

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7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage! | MyKCM

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage!

Yay!

I bet you are totally excited! I mean seriously, now you have the opportunity to decorate your new home, right?

Hold it right there!

Before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer or mortgage broker first! They will be able to tell you how your decision will impact your home loan, however, as a rule of thumb, I always advise my clients to just leave your money alone! But let me dive a little bit deeper on that.

Below is a list of7 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage!Some may seem obvious, but some may not!

1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job!Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well. Usually, if you are a salaried person, going for a job that pays more is a-okay but if you are going for a price cut, that could be a major no-no and mess up your approval.

2. Don’t deposit untraceable cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer such as if it is a gift given to you by a family member.

3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. Yes I know, you want to furnish your new pad but new debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. And yes, I mean anyone! When you co-sign, you are obligated. You become one of the people associated with that loan, even if you aren’t the main party. As I had mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payment against you.

5. Don’t change bank accounts.Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer.

6. Don’t apply for new credit.It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels(mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

[RELATED: Understanding Your Credit: How Are Your Credit Scores Calculated?]

7. Don’t close any credit accounts.Many clients have erroneously believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong! A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both of those determinants of your score.

Bottom Line

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.

If you do have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a question in the comments or contact me directly. I wouldn’t want to see you lose the home you love because of a choice that you made with your money and/or credit.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. This is such good advice for someone looking for a first time mortgage. Especially with changing jobs! A lot of people don’t realize that this can effect a mortgage process.

  2. In my life, so far, I have not had the need to turn on a mortgage, but your advice is very useful for all those who have one.

  3. This is great information. I remember what an ordeal it was to apply for our mortgage a few years ago. We are now wanting to sell and do it all over again 🙂

  4. These all makes a lot of sense to me now. It must be devastating to go buy a house and be left with nothing while paying or after paying it. You are really an expert in this.

  5. These are really smart tips and I wouldn’t have thought of several of these. I almost changed jobs once after applying for a mortgage and I’m glad I talked myself out of it.

  6. These sound like no brainers, but I know that there are people out there who spend money like water. These are great tips!

  7. All these make sense. Your credit could change with any of these changes. Is it true that you are more likely to get approved with at least 3 years of full time employment? Or is it more important to create a high credit score?

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