Thursday, June 2, 2011

Five Reasons A Mortgage May Be Declined By A Lender

Preparing and filing all of the required paperwork in an effort to get a mortgage for your family’s new home is an enormous task, only to wait for some banker to call you to inform that the financial institution has decided to turn you down. It might seem flat out unfair and difficult to understand why you’ve been denied. As time has passed by, financial institutions seem to have become increasingly strict on who they are willing to lend their money to. Because of this, consumers need to be prepared. You need to understand how the lending process works and how you can best put yourself in a position to be approved for your mortgage. Here are five tips how.

1) Too much credit already used

It’s important to understand how financial institutions view existing consumer debt when considering a mortgage. A general rule of thumb is that an individual’s housing costs should account for no more than 33% of their gross income. Consumer debt should account for no more than 5% on top of that. When an individual’s consumer debt exceeds the 5% figure, it cuts into the 33% that is allowed on housing costs. For example, if your consumer debt accounts for 9% of your gross income, a financial institution may only approve a mortgage that account for no more than 29% of your gross income. So what does this all mean? Keep your credit cards under control to keep that consumer debt down.

2) Change of Employment

Changing jobs can increase the difficulty in getting your mortgage approved. The reason for this is that financial institutions are looking for consistency in your earnings. Specifically, they would like to see 2+ years of financial consistency. There are exceptions to this, however, such as individuals who are moving to higher paying positions in the same or a very similar field. Perhaps the most fatal job change mistake people can make during the mortgage process is transitioning from a salaried position to self employment as they now have zero financial consistency to offer on the loan application. Not surprisingly, the self-employed and those who work sales based jobs that rely heavily on commission are those who find it the most difficult to get accepted for a mortgage.

3) Your credit score is fluctuating

Because of the length of time is can take while shopping the housing market, it may be a matter of several months between filling out your credit application and finalizing the loan. Because of this it’s natural to expect that the financial institution may perform several checks on your credit. You want to be sure nothing happens that might cause it to go down during the process, causing you stress and complications. Make sure all of your payments are made on time during the application time period and also avoid opening any further lines of credit. For good measure, also be sure to request your credit report from all of the refutable agencies and check for any inaccuracies before beginning the mortgage process.

4) Mortgage payments are missed

To piggy back off of reason 3 a bit, it is extremely crucial that you do not miss any of your significant payments while applying for your new mortgage. The last thing you want to do is make the financial institutions start viewing you as a credit risk. If you have a current mortgage it is imperative that you pay it on time. If you are having issues paying your current mortgage you should discuss options with the mortgage holder to have it amended.

5) Missing the obvious

Lastly, be sure not to miss the obvious. When going through the application process be sure you read every form intently and understand what you are filling out. Make sure all of your information is accurate and complete. Double check and then triple check your work. This is an extremely important process so you will need to pay extra attention to detail.

Bio

This author of this guest post is Andrew Potter who is the director of My Online Estate Agent. My Online Estate Agent is a UK based low cost estate agent which allows sellers to advertise on Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation and Find a Property.


1 comment:

  1. Preparing and filing all of the required paperwork in an effort to get a mortgage for your family's new home is an enormous task, only to wait for some banker to call you to inform that the financial institution has decided to turn you down.

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