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Your Path to Homeownership: Mortgage Do's and Don'ts

August 03, 20233 min read

Attention, aspiring homeowners in the Peace Region! Are you daydreaming about that perfect nest in the energetic city to call your own? Today I’m going to dive into the exciting world of mortgages. Before you take the leap into homeownership, let's talk about some important do's and don'ts to make the process smoother and more enjoyable. 


Don't Ignore Your Credit Score

Your credit score is like a secret weapon in the world of mortgages. Knowledge is power and you need to be aware where you stand financially. Regularly check your score and address any issues before applying for that mortgage. By taking care of your credit, you'll increase your chances of securing favorable loan terms in your real estate endeavors.

 

Get Your Financial House in Order

Lenders appreciate organized and responsible borrowers. Before hitting that "apply" button, it's time to tidy up your financial house. Gather important documents such as bank statements, tax returns, and other financial records. Showcasing your financial stability and preparedness will make the process easier for everyone and reduce stress.  It is a good idea to use a mortgage calculator to ensure your income is in line with the price range you are considering. 


Don't Play Hide and Seek with Your Debts

Attempting to hide your debts from mortgage representatives is a risky game. Lenders have a keen eye for sniffing out financial secrets. Lay all your debts out in the open, be honest, and demonstrate that you're ready to tackle any financial challenges that come your way. Honesty and transparency will build trust and pave the path to mortgage success.


Mind Your Spending Habits

Imagine this scenario: You're on the verge of applying for a mortgage when suddenly, the urge to splurge takes over! Hold your horses! Lenders closely observe your spending habits, so it's time to hit the brakes on impulse purchases. Let your future home be the ultimate reward for your financial discipline. Exercise restraint and maintain responsible spending throughout the mortgage process. Repeat after me: "No new loans before the mortgage!" Taking on additional debt can raise eyebrows during the application process. So resist the temptation to splurge on that fancy boat, new quad or exotic vacation. Your future home will be the most incredible reward of them all. Save those indulgences for after you've secured your mortgage.


Don't Make Big Career Moves

We understand the allure of chasing dreams and exploring new career opportunities. However, it's wise to hold off on major career changes right before your mortgage application. Lenders value stability, so showcasing a consistent work history will make you a top contender. Remember, once you have that beautiful home, there will be plenty of time for exciting new adventures!

Don't Be MIA During the Process

Communication is the key to a smooth mortgage journey. Once you've applied for a mortgage, avoid disappearing into thin air. Stay connected with your lender, promptly respond to their requests, and remain proactive throughout the process. Being present and responsive will make the whole experience smoother and more enjoyable.


Do Your Homework

Empower yourself with knowledge! Educate yourself about different mortgage options, interest rates, and the overall process.  It is a great idea to shop around for the best rates.  This may be a time consuming process but could save you thousands over the amortization of your mortgage. The more you know, the more confident and prepared you'll be to tackle any challenge that comes your way. 


Applying for a mortgage is like dancing your way into homeownership. Avoid those missteps, be proactive, and with a little perseverance and time you will be on your way to your real estate goals. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or have gone through the process before, I'm here to guide you every step of the way, including connecting you with fantastic local mortgage professionals. Don't forget to check out Elizabeth Chi on social media  for more great tips on your road to homeownership in beautiful Fort St. John, BC!

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