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How to Avoid the 7 most Critical Home Buying Mistakes

Jul 17, 2008
1. Make sure that you have your credit checked prior to beginning your home search. Your credit score will be one of the primary determinants in your mortgage qualifying. You must have your tri-merge credit report "pulled" by a mortgage planner to determine your middle score. The middle score is most often used by lenders to qualify an applicant. By having your credit checked early in the process you are able to correct any mistakes or repair any items that may be harming the score. This process can take several weeks so it is important to start this early. A low credit score can cost you thousands of dollars in mortgage interest.

2. Do not use your credit to make new purchases prior to closing. As you get closer to buying your new home you will begin to picture all the new needs of that home. New furniture, appliances or maybe even how a new car will look in the driveway! Don't laugh, more than one of my past clients has done that. Be careful not to accumulate any new debt prior to closing. New debt lowers credit scores and makes qualifying more difficult.

3. Know the Lender's Track Record. It's important to rate your lenders reputation for speedy processing, knowledgeable loan service and meeting contract deadlines. You want to hire a mortgage planner who will treat you the way you want to be treated and has respect for your purchase. One with experience and knowledge of the Loan product that you are choosing. Be careful dealing with an inexperienced person just because they are a "friend or relative". Your lender will be dealing with your hard earned money and home purchase, so you want to be confident that you have made the correct decisions.

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 hide past credit difficulties. One of the most important functions that a good Mortgage Planner provides is helping you obtain your mortgage by overcoming past credit problems. Your Mortgage Planner is on your side and while past credit problems may be embarassing it will often be found out somewhere down the line. Be sure to explain everything to them so they can provide you with the best possible 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' Detailed FREE Guide 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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