What are good credit card balances to get preapproved for a house?

Shernz 08/21/2017. 9 answers
Business & Finance Renting & Real Estate

9 Answers

Dan B 03/21/2017.

$0. The higher the balance, the lesser the advantage. Credit cards with high balances indicate a cash flow problem: too little cash flowing in; too much cash flowing out.

coraann 03/21/2017.

Your credit card will not help you. You must have a monthly income of 3 times the

amount of the monthly mortgage payment as well as the down payment, closing

costs, legal fees, inspection, insurance and utilities deposits. This money must be

in your bank account at the time you apply for a mortgage.

tro 03/21/2017.

if any balance at all, one that can be paid quickly

loanmasterone 03/21/2017.

Your credit card balances would not be a great factor in determining if yo would be approved for a mortgage loan.

Your monthly payment for any credit card and any other monthly debts that appear on your credit report would be the primary reason you would be approved for a mortgage loan. Also the equation would include your monthly earnings you have to pay these debts listed on your credit report. this is called your debt ratio.

Once your debt ratio has been established based on your debts listed on your credit report, your potential monthly payment would be included in this to determine your back end dept ratio

Your debt ratio should not be in excess of 39%, however a great debt ratio would be 35%

Your debt ratio would determine the amount a mortgage lender would lend you to purchase a house.

Your interest rate would be determined by your credit score.

Buying a house is a step by step process, this is the first step you should take in order to purchase a house is to be pre-approved for a mortgage loan, by contacting a local mortgage lender. The rest of the steps will fall in place, no matter the type of property you are purchasing.

In order to find out the type of loan programs you are qualified for you will have to fill out a loan application, with a mortgage lender, you can find one in your local telephone book or google for one followed by the city and state in which you reside.

Make sure this mortgage lender or mortgage banker is able to do government loans such as USDA, FHA and VA loans if you qualify for one. With a VA mortgage loan you are not required to have a down payment, this will save you on closing cost.

He will fill assist you in the filing out of the mortgage loan application, which takes awhile so grab your favorite beverage and sit down. Once you have completed the application, he will run your credit report which will have your credit scores. These credit scores will determine your interest rate.

The amount of your monthly debt payments you are required to pay as per your credit report and the amount of your monthly income earned would be used in a formula to determine what is called a debt ratio. This debt ratio would determine the amount a mortgage lender would allow you to borrow to purchase a house. This debt ration should normally not exceed 39%. A good debt ratio would be 35%.

When you speak with the mortgage loan officer you will need the following documents to complete the loan application, there will be others, but this will get you started.

#1 One month of pay stubs for each person that will be on the mortgage.

#2 Six months bank statements from each bank in which you bank as well as statements from any 401K from you place of employment.

#3 Two years of federal income tax along with the W-2 that match.

Once he has all that he need to do he can then issue you a pre-approval letter so you can purchase a home. In this pre-approval letter will be the amount of house you are qualified to purchased.

Make sure, before you get your pre-approval letter, you and your mortgage broker go over all your options, as to all the mortgage programs you qualify for, the interest rate, monthly payments. This will allow you to make an intelligent decision.

Once you have your pre-approval you may now find a real estate agent to find yourself a home or he might have a referral.

If you are getting a FHA, fixed rate, two loans to eliminate PMI like an 80/20 or one loan, if you are qualified for and approved for a 100% loan.

You should select the loan that best suit your financial situation at the time. That could be an adjustable rate loan. It could be a fixed rate loan for 5 or 10 years and then adjust. Some adjustable rate mortgages only adjust once.

What might be good for one person might not be good for you, in other words just because your friends and all your real estate buddies are telling you about the great fixed rate they got, your financial situation might call for something else.

So select the best option for you and your financial situation.

You should also get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which will indicate the cost you will have to pay for getting this loan. It will also indicate the amount of your down payment.

Once you have found a home the real estate agent will then prepare a contract for you and the seller to sign. Your mortgage broker will now order an appraisal to show proof of the property value.

The mortgage broker might ask for additional information or documentation, don't get all up tight this is normal, just supply the information or find the documents needed.

After the appraisal has been completed you will be called by your mortgage broker to sign your loan docs so you can take possession of your new home.

Before signing any loan docs make sure they say exactly what you and your mortgage broker went over when you decided on what mortgage program was best for you.

You would be required to use a local title company that would make sure there are no additional liens on the property take care of all the legal recording at the county recorder's office. You should be sent a title deed in approximately 14 business days, by the title company used to close your sale transaction.

The down payment of a house would depend on the mortgage loan program you are approved for.

There are many and varied programs available to you than just the conventional mortgage loan, as well as the down payment required of each mortgage program.

#1. Conventional mortgage loan

Normally 5%-10% down payment.

A. 20% down If you want to avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

#2.FHA mortgage loan

Normally 3.5% down payment

There is a monthly fee akin to PMI that you would be required to pay for the life of the mortgage loan or until you refinance the mortgage loan to a conventional mortgage loan.

#3. VA mortgage loan

There is no down payment

You must have been in the United States military active duty, veteran, or retired.

There is a monthly fee akin to PMI that you would be required to pay for the life of the mortgage loan or until you refinance the mortgage loan to a conventional mortgage loan.

#4. USDA mortgage

There is no down payment required

Normally to be approved for this mortgage loan the property you are purchasing must be a farm or rural property.

There is a monthly fee akin to PMI that you would be required to pay for the life of the mortgage loan or until you refinance the mortgage loan to a conventional mortgage loan.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck


DR + Mrs Bears face 03/21/2017.

Zero is best because you pay no interest. Carrying a balance does not earn you more points.

babyboomer1001 03/21/2017.

Zero would be ideal or anything less than about a few hundred.

ron h 03/21/2017.

don't close CC accounts, but keep them paid off. $0 is best balance.

reenzz 03/21/2017.

Cards with a zero balance. Cards with balances raise your debt to income ratio.

perfectlybaked 03/21/2017.

Paid-off ones.

It can't be disproportionate to your income, i.e. income-to-debt ratio.