Navigating the Mortgage Maze

Entering the world of homeownership is an exciting journey, but the mortgage application process can be daunting. To help you on your path to homeownership, it’s crucial to steer clear of common oversights that can hinder your mortgage approval. Below are five common mistakes to avoid when applying for a mortgage.

1. Neglecting Your Credit Score: One of the most critical factors in securing a good mortgage rate is your credit score. Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your credit score. Regularly check your credit report for errors and take proactive steps to improve your score before applying for a mortgage. A higher credit score can translate into lower interest rates.

2. Skipping the Pre-Approval Process: Skipping the pre-approval step is like embarking on a journey without a map. A pre-approval from Gershman Mortgage not only helps you understand your budget but also demonstrates to sellers that you are a serious and qualified buyer. Don’t make the mistake of house-hunting without knowing how much you can afford.

3. Overlooking Your Debt-to-Income Ratio: Lenders carefully consider your debt-to-income ratio when evaluating your mortgage application. Avoid accumulating excessive debt before applying for a mortgage, as it can negatively impact your eligibility. Keep your debt-to-income ratio within the acceptable range to strengthen your application.

4. Inadequate Documentation: Submitting incomplete or inaccurate documentation is a common mistake that can lead to delays or even rejection. Gather all necessary financial documents, such as tax returns, pay stubs, and bank statements, well in advance. Be thorough in presenting a comprehensive and accurate financial picture.

5. Changing Employment Before Closing: As your local lender, we encourage job stability, and changing jobs during the mortgage application process can be risky. Employment stability is a positive factor in your application, so try to maintain your current job until after the closing.

Navigating the mortgage application process requires careful attention to detail and strategic planning. By avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll increase your chances of a smooth and successful homeownership journey. Remember, your dream home is within reach—just be mindful of the steps you take along the way.

If you’re interested in purchasing a home, it may be a good idea to sit down with a knowledgeable loan officer before you are ready to buy. Gershman Mortgage staffs only the best and brightest loan officers in the game, and they will help you make the best decision for you and your family. When it comes to your affordability and how much money you want to put down on your new home, our loan officers can help you determine a price range that fits your budget and how much you’ll need.

When you are ready, contact Andy Schoemehl at 314-221-7797 to start your journey home today.

Andy Schoemehl | Vice President
314.221.7797 phone | 636.898.1017 fax
[email protected]
NMLS #258507
16253 Swingley Ridge Rd, Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO 63017


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Kate Notz
Kate Notz is the Digital Marketing Specialist at Worth Clark Realty. She likes helping people, being creative, and spending time with family.