Applying for a mortgage is a big part of purchasing a new home. This can be an exciting yet daunting task. Here are a few things you shouldn’t do once you have applied for a mortgage.
Speak to your banker or lender before depositing cash into your bank account. You do not want to deposit a big chunk of cash into your account all of the sudden. During the mortgage process, lenders need to be able to track where your money is coming from and cash is not easy to track. You can deposit cash during your mortgage process but you will need to discuss how to document your transactions with your lender.
Put big purchases on hold until after the application process. Purchasing new furniture or a new car is a big obligation and will bring monthly payments. Lenders take in all monthly expenses when qualifying you for a loan. If new obligations are created then you will need to be reviewed again. A higher debt-to-income ratio will have to be adjusted. Lenders will tell you that higher ratios equal riskier loans.
Hold off on any co-signing for anyone on their loan. Co-signing is just like obligating yourself to someone else’s loan. These obligations will also make you have a higher ratio. Although you are just co-signing, a lender looks at this as another expense you are responsible for.
Do not change bank accounts. One of the steps on a mortgage application is to list your bank accounts. Lenders need to be able to see where your money comes from and where it goes. If you were to change bank accounts during the process, this can hinder a lender from sourcing and tracking your assets. If you have no other option but to change bank accounts, speak to your lender.
Now is not the time to apply for a new credit card. Whenever a financial organization runs your credit report, your FICO® sore is affected. The higher your credit score the better interest rate a lender can offer you. Lower credit scores will not only determine your interest rate but can also hinder you from being approved for a mortgage.
Keep your current accounts open. There is a misconception that less is best when it comes to open credit accounts. This is not true, in fact, it helps to have a long list and depth of credit history. Closing a credit account can actually create a negative impact on your score.
Remember to keep an open line of communication with your lender throughout your mortgage application process. If you have a change in income, job or have to move things around you should share all those things with your lender. The best plan is to fully disclose and discuss your intentions with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature.