DO NOT Make cash deposits.
As mentioned above, large deposits need to be sourced. Cash deposits are extremely difficult to source properly. Unfortunately, a signed letter from you saying you are finally depositing the money that has been “stored under the mattress” will not satisfy the Lender’s requirement to confirm the money is not a debt or obtained illegally. If you have cash that is going to be used as part of a home purchase, make sure it’s deposited months before starting the process—not in the middle of it.
DO NOT Change jobs.
Part of the mortgage approval process is providing evidence of current income. This is needed to determine how the monthly payments for the new mortgage debt will be made. If you change your job, this significantly impacts the ability to obtain needed proof. If at all possible, we strongly recommend waiting until after the mortgage transaction has closed to change jobs.
DO NOT Go out of town.
In most cases, signatures will be required throughout the process. Documentation and other information will also likely need to be provided throughout the transaction. Going out of town makes executing this tough.
DO Ask questions.
A mortgage is a long-term commitment and an extremely large debt. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. Asking questions will help you gain a complete understanding and give you peace of mind.
DO Respond quickly.
As detailed here, a mortgage transaction is full of processes and steps. Responding to needs quickly helps ensure each process happens in a timely fashion. This will go a long way in creating a better mortgage transaction.
DO Communicate changes, plans, and expectations.
If you’re unable to avoid something from the “Do Not” list, communicate these things ASAP. The sooner everyone involved knows about these, the sooner adjustments can be made to ensure your mortgage closing experience is the best it can be.
DO Start the process early
The number one thing you can DO is be prepared. The best way to do that is to start the process sooner rather than later. It doesn’t matter if you are 30 days or 5 years away – meeting with a Mortgage Advisor ASAP is a good idea. In this meeting, they will be able to go over where you are at, discuss where you want to be, and make a game plan to get there. This meeting will be packed full of useful information and wise advice to put yourself in the best possible situation prior to you officially being in contract.
More than anything, a pleasant mortgage experience requires a wise advisor who is willing to put your needs ahead of their own.
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