Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process

This BLOG On Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process Was UPDATED On January 14th, 2018

Home Buyers who have decided that they are going to be purchasing a home in the very near future, there are certain Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process. Some of the Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process is to get ready prior to applying for a mortgage loan so things can go smoothly.

One of the most important things to consider is to see how much house you can afford.

How Much Home Can You Afford?

Home Buyers should start shopping for a loan officer and lender. Borrowers should contact a mortgage lender, or several, to see what they qualify for. Just because a mortgage lender gives the maximum amount borrowers qualify for does not mean that is their budget.

  • Mortgage loan originator will give borrowers a maximum housing budget and it is up to the home buyer whether they feel comfortable
  • Remember that housing expense is not just mortgage payment
  • Home Buyers need to consider reserves in the event if furnace, air conditioning unit, or appliances break down where is the replacement money going to come from

Things To Avoid And Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process

There are certain Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process:

  • First, do everything possible to maximize credit scores and have a strong credit profile
  • For example, those who have had prior bad credit and only have one credit card try to get two more secured credit cards to get more credit tradelines and maximize credit scores
  • Do not max out credit limit
  • Always have credit balance below the 10% of credit limit
  • Those who have high balances on your credit cards, pay them down so balance is less than 10% of credit limit
  • By doing so,  credit scores will increase
  • Get a copy of credit report
  • Consumers can get one free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus each year: 
    • Experian
    • Transunion
    • Equifax

Consumers can get free credit report once a year by requesting it from .  Upon getting credit report, check to see for any errors.

Things To Avoid Prior To Mortgage Application

There are several things borrower need to avoid prior to applying for mortgage application.

  • One of the most negative things to avoid doing is having creditors pull  credit
  • Each hard pull credit inquiry can drop your credit scores by 5 or more points
  • Another thing to avoid is getting new credit, especially automobile loan
  • The average automobile loan’s monthly payment is $400 per month
  • By having an additional $400 per month monthly payment will decrease home buying power by $100,000
  • A $100,000 mortgage is equivalent to a $400 monthly payment
  • Many folks who recently bought an automobile get forced in buying a smaller home because of the the auto loan

Never Close Out Active Credit Tradelines

Another Things To Do Prior To Mortgage Application Process is to close out active credit account.

  • Closing out a seasoned credit card account will definitely hurt credit scores
  • Credit bureaus look at the length of credit history and the available credit limit on existing credit account in calculating credit scores
  • By cancelling or closing out an active credit account with a zero balance that they have had for years, they are cheating themselves from an optimum credit history account plus credit scores will drop

No Overdrafts In Bank Statements

Always have overdraft protection on all of checking accounts.

  • Many mortgage lenders will deny a mortgage application where the borrower had overdrafts on their checking account
  • Some mortgage lenders do not even accept a $5 dollar overdraft in the past 12 months
  • Do not play musical bank accounts and open up new bank accounts and close out existing bank accounts
  • Make sure all deposits over $200 are sourced and all withdrawals are documented
  • Have a separate savings account where the down payment of new home purchase is documented and seasoned
  • Document everything because mortgage lenders will ask for any irregular deposits or withdrawals within the past 60 days of mortgage application

Matress Money, Cash, And Undocumented Funds

Borrowers who have mattress money, cash, or undocumented funds, deposit it to bank account 60 days prior to mortgage application.  Mortgage lenders only require two months bank statements. Borrowers can have cash or undocumented funds deposited in bank account that has been seasoned more than 60 days.  Any deposits that are within the 60 day window need to be sourced and documented.

Qualifying For Mortgage With Direct Lender With No Overlays

FHA is the most popular loan program for first time home buyers, those with higher debt to income ratios, and buyers with less than perfect credit. Remember that not all FHA Lenders are created equally. Just because a FHA Lender may tell a borrower they do not qualify that does not mean that the borrower does not qualify with other FHA Lenders. The Gustan Cho Team at USA  Mortgage is a direct lender with no mortgage lender overlays on government and conventional loans. Over 75% of our borrowers either gotten a last minute mortgage denial by other lenders or could not qualify with other lenders due to their mortgage overlays. Borrowers who need to qualify with a direct lender with no overlays on government and/or conventional loans, please contact The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage at 262-716-8151 or email us at

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