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What do mortgage lenders look for before lending you money?

What do mortgage lenders look for before lending you money?

Mortgage lenders consider a variety of factors when evaluating a loan application, including:

  1. Credit score: Your credit score is a measure of your creditworthiness and is based on your credit history. Lenders generally prefer borrowers with higher credit scores, as they are seen as lower risk.
  2. Debt-to-income ratio: This ratio compares the amount of money you owe in debts to your income. Lenders generally prefer borrowers with a lower debt-to-income ratio, as it shows that they have more disposable income to make their mortgage payments.
  3. Employment and income: Lenders want to see that you have a steady job and income, as this helps to ensure that you will be able to make your mortgage payments on time.
  4. Down payment: Lenders generally prefer borrowers who have a down payment of at least 3% – 10% of the home’s purchase price, depending on the type of loan. As this shows that you have some financial skin in the game and are committed to the property.
  5. Assets and liabilities: Lenders will also consider your assets, such as savings and investments, reserves, as well as your liabilities, such as credit card debt and student loans, when evaluating your loan application.
  6. Property type and location: Lenders will also consider the type and location of the property you are looking to purchase. For example, a lender may be more willing to lend to a borrower who is purchasing a single-family home in a stable neighborhood than to a borrower who is purchasing a fixer-upper in an area with declining property values.

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