Bad Habits That Can Affect Your Chance of Securing A Mortgage

by Jonathan Maines 09/08/2019

Securing a mortgage can be quite challenging if you do not meet specific requirements and demands made by the lenders. But really, you can’t blame lenders or mortgage companies for setting up these rules. Most of these demands are made to ensure the borrower can repay a loan without too much of a problem.

Everyone has one or several bad habits that have affected them or will affect them one way or another. When it comes to securing mortgage though, some bad habits might interfere with that decision. These habits will cast a shadow over your profile, putting doubts in the mind of the lender. Bad habits like any of the ones listed below will affect your chances of securing a mortgage.

Gambling

Gambling is a terrible financial habit that could also be addictive. Betting away some of your money on rare occasions is not enough to affect your chances of securing a mortgage. Taking out credit or a short-term loan to finance your gambling habit, however, will affect your chances of obtaining a mortgage – your gambling habit might also make you default on your credit card repayment.  

Personal Debt

Having substantial private debt will most likely cast doubt on your mortgage request. Lenders would be skeptical about your ability to pay back a new loan. Before you go ahead and apply for a mortgage, pay off all outstanding debts and keep a clean savings profile.

Defaulting on payments

Having a history of defaulting on previous loan repayment will reduce your chances of getting a mortgage. Defaulting is the single worst thing you can do to yourself. Lenders would not want to provide a loan to an individual who has a bad habit of defaulting.

Exceeding Overdraft 

Another bad habit that will cast doubt in the minds of lenders is exceeding your overdraft limit. If you don’t have an arranged overdraft limit, contact your bank. If lenders go through your bank statement and find your account messed up irrespective of how much income Is in there, they would probably turn down your application for a mortgage.

Late Credit Payments 

Making a late payment on your credit card and other loans is an excellent way to dig your own grave when requesting for a mortgage. A single late payment can mess up your credit score and would remain on your credit history for as long as seven years. 

If you are guilty of any of these habits and intend to secure a mortgage, you need to have a clear record first before proceeding with your application for a loan. If you are worried about whether you will qualify for a mortgage, talk to your real estate agent about your options and use prequalification forms to determine your likely approval.

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Jonathan Maines

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Jon moved to Naples, Florida in 1989 where he took a job with the Naples Police Department. In 1991 Jon married his wife Kathy, also from Wisconsin, and had two children. During the next 19 years Jon continued to work for the Naples Police Department ultimately becoming a Lieutenant. During this time he and Kathy also became successful real estate investors. In June 2010 Jon retired from the Naples Police Department to focus his energies into being a successful Real Estate Professional. Jon believes that his faith, honesty, integrity, knowledge and hard work have been the key principals to his success in the Real Estate Business. If you are looking for an agent you can count on and trust to give you an honest perspective when looking to buy or sell your home, Jon is here to serve you. Call today for a free market analysis!