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Atlanta Buckhead Midtown -
Mortgage Important Part of Due Diligence


In Atlanta, in Buckhead, Midtown or anywhere else in the Metro Atlanta area, Mortgage Readiness is an important part of Due Diligence. Pay attention to the period of time delineated in your Purchase and Sale Agreement.

 Mortgage Readiness - the FOUNDATION of Purchase process.

Just as the photograph above demonstrates how important a FOUNDATION is when building a home, Mortgage Readiness is the FINANCIAL FOUNDATION. 

You wouldn't build the frame for a home before completing the FOUNDATION.

Likewise, you cannot be successful with a Home Purchase unless you have your Financial Foundation in place. Even if paying Cash, one needs a clear Foundation documenting the sources of the money and details of the liquidity of the funds.

Yes, one needs the actual address of the property to be purchased to reach the final stages of the Mortgage process. The final set of verifications occur during the Due Diligence period of the Purchase and Sale Agreement.

Before that, when the Property Search begins, the basic MORTGAGE FOUNDATION must be prepared. Knowing one's financial situation seems so fundamental to professionals that it is almost hard to write this post! 

"Oh, when I find what I want, I'll apply for a Mortgage."

"I got a letter online for Mortgage from a discount no-name brokerage."

"I am sure my Credit Score is excellent - I won't have any problems."

"I can borrow my down-payment from friends."

"I can get a Mortgage without paying off bad debts."

Let's review one at a time...
"Oh, when I find what I want, I'll apply for a Mortgage."
Put yourself in the Sellers' shoes. You have four offers. One is close to full price and has a Mortgage Letter as part of the Offer. One is for Cash at a little below the first Offer but they want to wait three months to Close the sale. One offers a very low price and wants the Seller to finance. The last Offer is for full price and states they will apply for a Mortgage when the Offer is accepted. Which one would you as the Seller accept?

"I got a letter online for Mortgage from a discount no-name brokerage." 
What is the purpose of that? It is usually an offer of a substantially lower Interest Rate and doesn't include all the EXTRA charges to get that loan. The small print on the letter will state that it isn't really an offer of a loan - just a response to the data provided and NOT sufficient for a complete offer of money.

"I am sure my Credit Score is excellent - I won't have any problems." 
Except the forgotten shared phone bill from 2011 that never got paid off or that ... 
For an Agent to spend time on a prospective Buyer's search, the Agent needs to know that the person is capable of a purchase. Interest Rates are influenced by Credit Scores

"Many lenders use the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) model for credit scores, which grades consumers on a 300- to 850-point range, with a higher score indicating less risk to the lender. Generally, a score of 800 or higher is considered exceptional; 740 to 799 is very good; 670 to 739 is good; 580 to 669 is fair; and 579 or lower is poor." 

"I can borrow my Down-Payment from friends." 
Actually, no, you may not borrow from anyone for your Down-Payment. You may receive gift money from a restricted group of people, mostly direct relatives, but you cannot borrow and then get a Mortgage.
(Of course, there may be arcane ways to get around this but let's stick to mainstream options.)

"I can get a Mortgage without paying off bad debts." 
In fact, this may be possible but at what Interest Rate? However, at a certain point, your loan would be considered a 'hard money' loan. Not a great move financially...



  • Buyer submits basic Mortgage Application
  • Buyer Credit Score is high enough to qualify for a good Interest Rate
  • Buyer Purchase Range is sufficient for what the Buyer wants to purchase
  • Buyer sends Mortgage Letter to Agent showing homes


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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good information, Lynn. As you say, to those of us working in the industry it seems basic, but to a novice in the real estate process, super important for them to understand. When they know the "why" it helps them understand their role and what they must do.

Sep 15, 2019 07:34 PM #1
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Lottie Kendall 
So nice to see you visiting here!
I must admit I tire of explaining the same thing over and over ---
So as our dear Bob Stewart says - if a Client asks - write a post about it because another will ask soon again!

Sep 15, 2019 08:50 PM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lynn B. Friedman the ONLY path to success for a buyer is to be "mortgage ready" and follow the direction provided by their well-versed buyer agent.... wouldn't it be nice if all buyer agents were well-versed!!!  when the buyer is educated and begins the process prior to hiring a buyer agent, you can be assured there will be a closing in the future.....

Sep 16, 2019 03:38 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Good Morning Lynn, Oh yes, haven't we all heard "I won't have a problem getting a mortgage"...and we know how that can turn out! Nice to see you back...

Sep 16, 2019 04:02 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynn. Knowing what you have to work with improves your odds of success. Enjoy your day!

Sep 16, 2019 04:37 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Lynn... in NC our contracts are not conditional on being able to obtain financing. So it's really important that buyers finalize their financing within the due diligence period agreed to in the contract.

Sep 16, 2019 04:47 AM #6
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