Qualifying

7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage

Rent Before You Buy – It is always a good idea to get a year or so under your belt as a tenant so you can understand some of the challenges that come with homeownership. Put yourself in the shoes of your landlord. Lenders like to see a track record of making housing payments prior …

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Pre-Approved? You May Need a Second Opinion

Have you already been pre-approved for a mortgage?  If I were, you, I’d call for a “second opinion.” If you have already been pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage on your next home, are you absolutely sure you are getting the best deal? I’m not talking about interest rate either. I’m talking about the structure …

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Common Loan Qualification Mistakes

Once your loan package has been sent to the lender, there are a number of things you should avoid doing that will change your financial picture. Remember, the lender is looking for stability and consistency. If you want the best interest rate, keep that in mind. Here are a few things to consider: Large Deposits …

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Automated Underwriting and The Home Mortgage Process

If you have relatively good credit, today’s automated underwriting systems provide a list of only the documentation that is necessary to satisfy the lender. The way it works is that once the lender has your application and has pulled your credit, the file is uploaded to one of three locations, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or …

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