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7 Deadly Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

Jul 16, 2008
1. They Do not have their Credit checked early. Too Many home buyers do not know their credit scores and what their credit really looks like. It is extremely important to have a lender run a tri-merge credit report. A tri-merge is a report from all three credit reporting agencies. The majority of lenders will take the middle credit score of the three. You would be surprised what is and what isn?t on your credit report. It?s important to determine if we have credit issues early on. This will enable us to repair the credit and raise the score. A slightly lower credit score may cost you thousands of dollars in higher interest.

2. Be careful not to make any new purchases on credit. As the prospect of buying your new home comes closer you will begin to think of all the new needs you'll have. Perhaps it's larger so you'll need new furniture. Maybe new appliances or even how a new car will look in the driveway. Don't laugh, if it hadn't been done by my past clients then I wouldn't have mentioned it. Do NOT accumulate new debt before you close on your new home. New debt lowers credit scores and throughs off the deb to income ratio that you were qualified with.

3. Know the level of experience of your Mortgage Planner. Many people have a friend or relative that's "in the business". Typically this is a licensed but inexperienced person earning some money part time. Your home is the largest investment you will ever have so it is vital to deal with an experienced person. Ask your Mortgage Planner about their credentials. How many families have they served? How long in the business? What is their experience level with the products or programs that you need. Your Mortgage Planner will be handling your hard earned money - be sure that you have confidence in their ability.

4. Thinking there are only 1 or 2 Loan Options. Many buyers assume that there are only a couple loan options available to them. Perhaps they are told by a bank that they need 10% - 20% as a down payment and so assume that they must continue renting until that have that money saved. Make sure that you speak to an experienced Mortgage Planner to determine ALL your options. Today, there are dozens of home loans available. Some that require no down payment at all.

5. Be aware of how subtle changes will affect your score. Show caution in having your credit checked. It is important to have it done by your Mortgage Planner for pre-approval but after that be careful. Lenders will view multiple credit checks as a sign that you are trying to obtain credit and will subsequently lower your score. Never close a credit account prior to obtaining your mortgage approval as this will lower scores also.

6. Do not Purposely leave out important credit details. Your Mortgage Planner is on your side. Past credit problems may be embarassing but they will show up somewhere down the road. Be sure to explain everything so you can have a plan of action ot overcome it. Give them the information so they can provide you with the best possible interest rate and service.

7. Be sure to get a Mortgage Pre-Approval. A mortgage pre-approval is a fast and simple process that cannot be overlooked. A seller will want to know that you haev preapproved prior to negotiating a price with you. The preapproval shows the seller that you are not wasting their time and are negotiating in good faith. It will also give you a great sense of security as you are shopping for your dream home.
About the Author
If you are in the early stages to Buy a Home then check out Rob Kosbergs' Complete FREE Report on Buying your Perfect Home with a Zero Down Mortgage or for up to date Mortgage info visit his Mortgage Blog
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