If you are thinking of buying a home and you will need to get a mortgage, please take a moment to read this post by Diane Beaumont. She offers great guidance on things that are very important when dealing with a lender. Thank you Diane for this post!
Mortgage lenders weigh the risk of getting their principal and interest paid back by looking at the qualities of the prospective borrower. And due to the amount of money being requested and lent to purchase homes, those requirements can become daunting. Working with a trusted and qualified mortgage professional makes this sometimes confusing process a little clearer.
To this end, there are three things that a potential homebuyer can do to prepare for the mortgage approval process.
Manage Debt And Credit Levels
For many homebuyers, managing their credit score is the biggest challenge. Mortgage lenders like buyers with strong credit. While getting strong credit usually isn't something that can be done overnight, paying bills on time, all of the time can help to build a positive profile.
Using as little credit as possible is also helpful, since high utilization of existing credit lines can harm a borrower's score. Having less debt can also reduce monthly payments, making it easier to qualify for a larger mortgage.
Manage Income And Qualifying Ratios
Lenders look for two things when it comes to a borrower's income:
- Stable incomes are preferred, so being able to prove the income with a W-2 form or other documentation is usually required. Self-employed people will typically need to prove their income with their tax returns, so taking high write-offs can make it harder to qualify.
- A borrower's income should be significantly higher than his total monthly debt payments. Lenders divide a borrower's monthly payments -- including their proposed mortgage -- into the gross monthly income. If the payments exceed a set percentage, the lender will shrink the mortgage until it considers the payment affordable.
Collect Required Paperwork
Early To qualify for a mortgage, borrowers typically need to submit a comprehensive file of supporting documentation. This can include tax returns, pay stubs and bank and investment account statements.
Since lenders frequently want some historical data, it can be a good idea for people considering applying for a mortgage to start collecting documentation before they actually begin the mortgage application process. Once again, working with a qualified mortgage professional will make this process a lot more comfortable.
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