When purchasing a home, your mortgage pre-approval is based on your current financial situation. That’s why once you are pre-approved, you should avoid making big changes to your finances. Here are several things you’ll want to avoid doing while you’re in the process of financing a home purchase:
1. Taking on more debt. Talk to your lender first before you open any new credit accounts, request a credit line increase or co-sign on a loan. As a general rule, you’ll want to avoid taking on any new debt before you close on your home.
2. Changing your job. Your pre-approval is based on a number of factors, including your employment status and pay.
3. Making a big purchase. Check with your lender before making any big purchase, either with credit or with cash. Wait to purchase furniture and other big-ticket items.
4. Making late payments. Stay up to date on all of your credit obligations and utility payments. Now’s not the time to have overdraft your checking account.