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What NOT to do Prior to Closing on Your Home

If you are under contract, and on your way to closing, you’re super excited, you’ve started packing, and you started envisioning how you’re going to design your space, here are a few things that you don’t want to do if you actually want to close on your house and close on time.

First of all, don’t buy a car. Please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t buy a car. If your car dies, and I have had clients for whom this happened, they have had to bite the bullet and buy a car in between contract and closing. But call the lender, let them know the situation, let them know what’s happening, and ask them what to do before you go off half-cocked and do it. Because that can really impact your debt-to-income ratio and that can throw your loan way off track.

Second, don’t drag your feet on getting information to your lender. They do not want to ask you for a thousand documents and have to keep up with all of those things any more than you want to provide them. But they will not ask you for something they don’t need. And as frustrating as it is. And as much as you want to yell at, you know, Marjorie that called you yesterday. And now she wants three more documents. It is not her. So don’t yell at her. Just give them the documents they need because there is a process that they have to follow. And their systems going to tell them, oh, now we need this. And yes, sometimes that’s the last minute.

Third, don’t quit your job, even if you get a fantastic job offer. Try to wait out the old job until closing and then take the new job. Yes, you can get a loan if you’ve been in the same career, same field for the last couple of years. So it may be fine, but it also may not. The best rule of thumb is to try to keep everything the same as it was when you made a loan application. And keep it that way until closing.

If you have any more questions about the financial process or what it takes to get a loan and get into a home, I have some terrific lender partners that I’d love to put you in touch with and they would be happy to help you with that side of things. If you have general questions about buying or what it takes to go from contemplating a purchase to contract to close. Give me a call. I’d love to answer any questions you might have. And obviously, I’d love to help you get into the home that you want to be in.