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Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

Searching for the right home is already a challenge; going through the mortgage application is another one, that’s why it is best to best to be prepared to avoid financial missteps that would hinder you from securing mortgage approval. Here’s a list of things you should avoid to ensure that you get that shining mortgage approval.

Having too much debt1. Having too much debt –You have too much debt if your bills are taking up a large portion of your income. Your debt-to-income ratio plays a big role when you are trying to get approved for a mortgage. The higher the ratio of your debt, the more it paints a dirty picture of your financial situation.


2. Declaring bankruptcy and foreclosure – Declaring bankruptcy puts a roadblock in your ability to borrow money. If you can, try to avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure because it will keep you out of the mortgage field for some years. After your bankruptcy is discharged, you still have to wait at least two years to apply for a mortgage loan.


3. Picking the wrong mortgage – You don’t want to be stuck with the wrong mortgage. You should do your homework and look for all options available for you. You should not only shop for homes but also shop with different lenders. Buyers who do not get the full picture of their mortgage options are costing themselves a lot of money.


4. Opening new credit cards – Opening up a new account or credit card can hurt your credit score because you will have zero history with that newly opened account. It will lower the average age of all your credit accounts.


5. Hopping between jobs – Having steady employment and income can help you secure your mortgage application. Changing jobs before applying for a mortgage will not impress the lender.


6. Defaulting in the past – Your credit history is an important factor in getting a home loan. For your own sake, do not default. Pay your bills on time. And before you apply for a loan, check your credit report so you know if you are in good standing. You can get free credit reports from these credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.


Read more: How Much House Can I Afford in Greenville, South Carolina? 

Buying a Home in Greenville, South Carolina

Whether you are buying a Greenville, South Carolina real estate for investment, retirement home, or your dream home, it is wise to buy a home that you can really afford. Online resources that calculate how much house you can afford like this free spreadsheet can give you a rough estimate but it is still better to consult with your bank or financial adviser. Your bank officer will help you determine how much house you can afford, how much you’ll be able to finance through a loan, and what your monthly payments will be. That will give you a definite idea of your price range and you can target your home search based on your qualification.

Greenville, SC offers a wide range of housing options with price ranges that appeal to families and individuals of all income levels. Below you can search for homes in Greenville, SC. You can narrow down your search if you use the filter option so you can see property listings that fit your price range.

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