Congratulations! You want to buy your dream home and ready to apply for a mortgage. You are undoubtedly excited to start the process! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any great life changes, consult with your mortgage advisor. They will be able to tell you how your future decisions will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of 8 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You Are Ready to Apply for a Mortgage! Some may seem obvious, but some may not!

1. Don’t change jobs, or how you are paid at your job! Your mortgage advisor must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your mortgage advisor.

3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home; just yet. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

4. Try to pay off as much debt as you can. One of the things potential home buyers can do is to pay off the debt before applying for a mortgage. This is a great strategy if it’s done properly. Pay off the debt, then apply and consent to having your credit ran. The second strategy is to apply first then pay off debt. Make sure your lender specifically allows you to pay off debt to qualify.

5. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payment against you.

6. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your mortgage advisor.

7. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

8. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have erroneously believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both those determinants of your score.

Bottom Line

Any glitch in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your mortgage advisor before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.