1. Not checking your credit report and score
Review your credit score report a few months before you begin your house hunt, and you'll have time to ensure the facts are correct and dispute mistakes before a mortgage lender checks your credit. You can access a free copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com once every 12 months.
2. Not getting approved
Getting preapproved can help you save time by looking for homes that you know you can afford instead of lusting after something out of your price range. And it will put you in a better position over another bidder with no preapproval.
3. Not creating a long-term budget
A good rule of thumb is to devote no more than a third of your monthly household income to housing costs, which include…