Homebuyers who are taking advantage of the great home values and historically low interest rates are finding the mortgage qualifying process much harder than ever before.
I’ve put together several stories based on real buyers from recent deals that were almost killed by the top “Closing Killers” in the market today. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Our first story is about a first time homebuyer couple who barely escaped the sneaky Closing Killer, “Unexplained Deposits” who is part of the Closing Killer gang led by “Opening New Credit”!
Harry and Sally were buying their first home. The house had originally sold for over $250,000. Harry and Sally were able to secure a signed contract for $134,500 with the seller paying all closing costs. They had applied for an FHA 30-year fixed rate loan, putting down only 3.5%. They only needed $4,700 for down payment and 2 months reserves of the PITI (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) payment to qualify for the loan. When they finally sent their current monthly bank statement to the mortgage processor, it showed a current balance of $16,000! Much more than what they needed to close! But wait… did this bank statement reveal a possible Closing Killer: Unexplained Deposits”? YES! (more…)