3 Tips To Help You Prepare For Applying For A Home Loan

Posted on: 29 March 2016


Before you start shopping for the home of your dreams, you will want to make sure that you are prepared to go through the application process for a home loan. To help you with that, you will want to take the following advice into consideration.

Have Your Credit Reports Pulled

It is important to make sure that you are pulling your credit reports well before you apply for a home loan. The reason for this is because you need time to have any potential errors on your credit reports corrected or removed and for your credit score to adjust after everything is fixed. You will also want to make sure that you are pulling all of your credit reports from the various reporting agencies because they do not always have the exact same information on this, as some creditors only report to one agency instead of all of them. Once you have all of your reports, you will want to look for errors with the amount you owe to creditors, improperly updated payment history, or the error of old debts not falling off of your record once the time limit has passed.

Start Thinking About A Co-Signer

It does not matter who the co-signer would be. It could be a spouse, a relative, or a friend. It just needs to be someone with a good credit score and sufficient income. Even though you might not want a co-signer, it might turn out to be the only way that you will be approved for the home loan. Therefore, instead of waiting to find out whether you need a co-signer, and then scrambling to find one, you might want to go ahead and take care of that right now. If it turns out that you do need a co-signer, just know that it does not have to be forever. You can work on increasing your income and credit score and then refinance the home loan later own the road so that the co-signer's name can be removed.

Decrease Your Debts

It is vital that you are keeping your debt level as low as possible so that you can be approved for your mortgage loan. Therefore, you will want to start paying off some of your debts. A good place to start would be your credit card debt, as that usually carries the highest interest rate. Another thing to keep in mind is that you want to refrain from gaining any more debt, even if you think that you can afford it, until after the closing of your home loan. The reason for this is because many lenders will pull your credit one more time, right before they seal the deal on your loan. This is to make sure that you did not go out and spend tons of money after you received your initial approval. 

With those three tips in mind, you should have no trouble making sure that you are as well prepared as possible for the home loan application process.

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