Protect Your Credit When Buying a Home

January 10, 2012 - Updated: October 10, 2012

Buying a home is both an exciting and stressful time. You are excited to look for new homes, but are also concerned about having all the right documents in place to ensure you can secure the home you want. Nothing is more disheartening than finding out that you do not have the resources to secure a loan once you have set you sights on a home.

While most people are more aware of credit protections, credit cards and finances when they are looking for a home, it is best if people start to prepare for a home purchase well in advance. If you know that you will be in the market for a new home in the coming years, start getting your credit in shape now. Be diligent with your bills and credit card payments and do everything possible to increase your personal credit score.

Your credit score is very important when you begin to fill out loan applications. And, when you protect your credit by taking the necessary steps before hand, it will help set you up to take advantage of the best mortgage rates possible so you can secure the home of your choice as soon as possible.

The following are a number of important tips to consider when going through the process of both selling a home or buying a home:

  • Keep your cards close: The truth is that you only have to tell sellers and agents how much of a mortgage you can afford. Do not tell them any more information than they need. This is especially important if you are dealing with multiple representatives.
     
  • Don't fall behind: Falling behind with your bill payments will not help you when you are trying to secure a loan. Pay all of your bills on time and act quickly if you identify an error with your finances before it impacts your credit score.
     
  • Get pre-approved: Getting pre-approved for a mortgage helps to simplify the process once you find a home. Rather than waiting to see if you can afford the home, all you have to do is contact your bank to get things in motion.
     
  • Keep your documents in a secure place: Moving can be a whirlwind. Therefore, make sure that you keep all of your important documents in a safe and secure place that other people do not have access to.

Understand the application process: Make sure that you submit all of your documents in a manner that will not negative impact your overall credit score.


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