First-Time Home Buyer Checklist

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Getting a home loan or mortgage for a First-Time Home Buyer can be a little overwhelming with all of the important details, constant guideline changes and federal regulations the mortgage industry faces today. Luckily, we are here to help and make sure the mortgage process is easy to understand and transparent to make your buying experience a pleasurable one.

Since there are so many rules and steps to follow, here is a simple list of what to do and what not to do to keep in mind throughout the mortgage approval process:


  • Continue working at your current job
  • Stay current on all your accounts
  • Keep making your house or rent payments
  • Keep your insurance payments current
  • Continue to maintain your credit as usual
  • Call us if you have any questions


  • Make any major purchases (Car, Boat, Jet Ski, Home Theater…)
  • Apply for new credit
  • Open new credit cards
  • Transfer any balances from one credit or bank acct to another
  • Pay off any charge-off accounts or collections
  • Take out furniture loans
  • Close any credit cards
  • Max out your credit cards
  • Consolidate credit debt

Basically, while you are in the process of getting a new mortgage, keep your financial status as stable as possible until the loan is funded and recorded.

Any number of minor changes could easily raise a red flag or cause a negative impact on a credit score that may result in a denied loan.

Most importantly, check with your loan officer on even the simplest questions to make sure your loan approval is successful.


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