Buying a new home is one of life’s greatest thrills. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and not realize that the homebuying process is just that—a process, not a singular transaction.
What do I mean by that? When you buy a house, from the moment you make an offer and it gets accept to the time of actual closing on your home loan, the process takes sometimes 30 or 60 days to go through escrow, inspection and other due diligences.
It’s during this time, between an accepted offer and a closed deal, that I’ve seen people make mistakes. One of the most common is assuming that because you’ve already been pre-approved for a home loan and have an offer accepted, it’s okay to open a new line or credit somewhere or make a large purchase on one of your existing credit cards.
In reality, this can affect your ability to close on your new home loan and may affect your ability to buy the home altogether! If anything, in the months before and during escrow, it’s best to delay any impulse buys and wait until you have the keys to your new home before you decide to buy new furniture or invest in a new outdoor dining set. This is a critical time and new lines of credit, or new purchases on existing credit lines can change your credit score, which can affect your mortgage rate and bank approval.
So, don’t buy before you buy! Use the time leading up to your closing to decide what you might want to buy after you move in. Resist the temptation to buy on impulse and hold off until the time is right. You’ll be glad you did!