Things Not To Do Before Closing

You have worked to secure financing for your mortgage, you have a great rate and terms for it. Everything is good, all you must do is wait for advancement of funds. Sometimes you might suffer a lapse in judgement when it comes to the closing the sale of your home. It is sometimes a stressful time when it comes to these types of events, especially if it is your first time purchasing a home. A mortgage lender might suggest a simple course of action, however sometimes this is misinterpreted by the buyer. Here is a list of things you should NEVER do in the time between your financing complete date (when everything is setup and looks good) and your closing date (the day the lender advances funds). 

Don’t do anything that would reduce your income
When it comes to your employment don’t do anything that would jeopardize your employment or income with your existing employer. Getting a raise is fine but dropping from Full Time to Part Time status is not a good idea. The reduced income will change your debt service ratios on your application and you might not qualify. 

Do not close any credit accounts
Even if you realize that you never use a certain credit card, for example, cut it up if you must, but do not cancel that line of credit while you are waiting to close the purchase of your home. 

Don’t apply for new credit
If you find yourself at shopping for new furniture and they want you to finance your purchase right now… don’t. By applying for new credit and taking out new credit, you can jeopardize your mortgage. It is best to wait until everything is finalized before going out and buying new furniture for the house. 

Do not buy anything with your closing cost. Nothing.
This means not one thing. Yes, you might need a washer and dryer, but wait until you close to order it. Don't take a salesperson's word that they'll just write it up and hold it for you, because somebody will enter it into the store's computer by mistake. Typically, the lender wants to see you with 1.5% saved up to cover closing costs… this money is used to cover the expense of closing your mortgage