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Things to Avoid While Purchasing a Texas Home

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What's more fun than buying a bunch of new furnishings to go in your future home? Not much. But making large purchases before your loan closes can be a mistake. Until your loan closes, there still remain some hurdles to jump. Below you'll find a list of things to avoid during this crucial time of your home purchase.

Don't overspend while your loan is in process. You may be itching to turn your new living room into a showplace, or celebrate your new castle, but keep away from major purchases like furniture, jewelry, appliances, or vacations until your loan closes. Financing your bedroom furniture with a store card or a bank credit card could jeopardize your credit worthiness during the time it means the most. It's also a mistake to make those big purchases with cash.

Protect your credit. The vast majority of all lenders will pull your credit within the last 10 days prior to your loan closing. If you have accumulated new debt or the new collection arises this could disqualify you. If a new collection shows up or if your debt increases significantly, on your credit score will be required. This could change the terms of your loan. It is very wise to make sure you don't miss any payments, you don't close any credit cards, or you don't open any credit cards while you are in the process of buying house.

Lending Institutions are examining your cash in your bank account when considering your loan. You will need to show sufficient funds in your bank account for your down payment and all your closing cost. In some situations you may need to show reserves. Reserves are counted as money in your bank account that you can use to make payments in the event that something occurs with your income stream. For instance, two months worth of mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and mortgage insurance if required.

Don't go on a job search.  Stability in your work history is a positive thing to banks and other lenders. Changing jobs may affect your ability to qualify for a loan - even if you are going to be making more money. However, if you switch careers before your loan is closed, your mortgage process could fail or be slowed down.

Don't move cash around or change banks. Bank statements from the last two or three months for accounts in your name (savings, checking, money market, and other assets) will be reviewed as the lending institution considers your application. To detect potential fraud, most loans need detailed paperwork to determine the source of all cash. Switching banks or transferring finances to another account - even if its merely to consolidate funds - may hinder the documentation of your accounts. Never under any circumstances deposit cash as this will not be an acceptable source for your down payment or closing cost. It is better to use cash to pay monthly expenses and leave your money in your bank account.


Don't give your FSBO (for sale by owner) seller earnest money, cash in hand. Your good faith deposit does not belong to the seller: it is actually yours until closing. Although your seller might not know this, any good faith funds should be applied to your closing expenses. It's advisable to put the funds into a trust account, or get a neutral party, like an attorney to hold them until the closing of the sale. If your home purchase fails, the contract with the seller should specify where your earnest money should go.
Interlinc Mortgage can walk you through the pitfalls of getting a mortgage. Call The Richard Woodward Mortgage Team at (214) 945-1066.

Buyers Do's and Don'ts from the Richard Woodward Mortgage Team

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