Don’t ruin your home purchase by making any of these five mistakes.

Today marks the beginning of our two-part series on things you must avoid as either a buyer or seller. We’re focusing on buyers for this video, and we’ll be focusing on sellers for the next one.

Without further ado, here are the five things you should not do as a homebuyer in today’s market:

1. Don’t consolidate debt. This might sound like a good idea, but if you’re thinking about getting into a new home and taking on more debt via a mortgage, this isn’t the best way to go. Before you consolidate your debt, check with us first.

2. Don’t change jobs. If you receive a promotion, get a new job in the same industry, or a new job with a reputable company, you’re probably fine. However, there is a laundry list of things that are required to make that transition go smoothly when it comes to your credit and income. You’ll definitely have more paperwork to do if you change jobs while in the process of buying a home.

3. Don’t change banks or move money between accounts. Lenders are very specific about paper trails and where money is coming from. Strange activity throws things off and can cause a lot more paperwork and much more frustration down the line if it isn’t handled properly.

“Don’t go out and buy new appliances or open new credit cards.”

4. Don’t make any major purchases. Don’t go out and buy new appliances or open new credit cards. It will affect your debt-to-income ratio, and thus, your ability to qualify for a mortgage.

5. Don’t cosign on someone else’s loan. Wait until after you’ve closed on your home purchase to do that. If you co-sign on that loan while you’re buying a home, that’s going to increase your debt and affect your qualification.

If you have questions about these tips or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.