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Tips for securing a mortgage

Tips for securing a mortgage

Preparation is key to any successful process, and securing a home loan is no exception. When you are attempting to acquire a home loan, there are a few things you should do in advance. The successful execution of these things will ensure the home loan process goes smoother. We all need help during this process, so here are a few tips for securing a mortgage.

Savings

To start with, quite a few mortgage options so not require an outright down payment. However, you have more options and leverage if you have some savings for a down payment. In addition, the bigger your savings and deposit, the less your overall mortgage amount. A reduced mortgage amount subsequently means you pay less in monthly repayments. Moreover, you also have other expenses besides the mortgage down payment. You will need to pay for incidentals, which include inspection fees and closing costs. As such being financially prepared is a big factor in simplifying and expediting your mortgage acquisition. Remember that the bigger your deposit is the better your chances of securing a home loan.

Income

Every lender on the market requires proof that you are able to service the home loan. Simply put you need to provide proof of employment, or income to qualify for a home loan. In addition, you must be able to show that you have held that job for a considerable period of time. Alternatively, you must be earning consistent income for a specified period. As this is a huge consideration for lenders they are quite strict and rigid on this point. To simplify the home loan process, collect your payslips, as well as income statements, in the form of bank statements. Submitting these together with your proof of savings goes a long way in the mortgage process.

Debt

All debt is not a bad thing. In fact, it gives the lender a reference to assess how good you are at repaying loans. However, you must ensure that you e debt to income ratio is not high. Keeping this in mind, you must not open any new lines of credit during the mortgage process. This is because this new line of credit will have an adverse effect on your debt to income ratio. Another important consideration that lenders look at is your ability to pay you on time. As such, it is important that you’re always servicing your current debts on time.

Credit score

Your credit score is one of the most significant things lenders use to determine if you’re a good credit risk. You must diligently work to ensure your credit score remains as high as possible. This can be achieved by controlling and managing your debt. In addition, make your payments on time to also keep your credit score high.

Pre-approval

Lastly, find out which loans you qualify for by visiting a mortgage lender. This step is equally important and you will find out how big a deposit is required. In addition, you can also ascertain how much will be required in monthly repayments.

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Teddy Chibanguza

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