If you’re interested in figuring out what you can afford in the San Francisco real estate market, the first step is getting fully preapproved for a loan. And part of that process involves a lender pulling your credit so it can verify the type of loan for which you’ll qualify.
My colleagues at Guarantee Mortgage report that some buyers are resistant to having their credit pulled. Indeed, I’ve had clients question why such activity is necessary. The upshot is that pulling credit has more of a purpose than just determining the buyer’s credit score.
Lenders in the current market—especially jumbo lenders—are equally as interested in the “depth” of borrowers, says Guarantee Mortgage. For example, they want to see that a buyer has used credit in the past 24 months, and believe that if the buyer doesn’t have debt, the credit score may be compromised. As a result, the lender may not be getting an accurate read on the borrower’s ability to pay.… Continue Reading
The holiday weekend is behind us, and that means many buyers will be either entering the home buying market, or may already be out there looking for their next home.
If there’s one key piece of advice I can give to all of you, it’s that you should get fully preapproved for a loan before you start seriously searching for a property. Of course, it’s a good idea to get your feet wet and go to some open houses to get a sense for pricing and value. But before you start making appointments to see homes, the very first step should be that phone call to the mortgage broker or lender. Because if you don’t have a clear understanding of the loan amount for which you can qualify, you could end up wasting a lot of time.… Continue Reading