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You’ve found the home of your dreams. You even have preapproval for the mortgage. Suddenly, the bottom falls out, and the lender pulls the mortgage. You are wondering why your home mortgage fell through.

What could you have done to prevent this outcome? Can you get things back on track? Read this post to learn about some top reasons home mortgages fall through.

Reasons Why Your Home Mortgage Fell Though

Low Appraisal Value

Your lender won’t give final approval for the mortgage until after an appraisal. The appraiser will look at the house, compare it to others nearby, and determine the fair market value for the real estate. It is important for the lender because the home will be collateral for the loan. If the appraisal value is too low, the lender will not approve the sale. However, if you can negotiate a lower price with the seller, you might be able to get approval for the sale.

You’ve Taken on More Debt

The borrower’s debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is one important factor in mortgage approval. Banks use it to indicate the amount of new debt a person can handle. If you get approval and then take out more debt, it could push your DTI too high. You should avoid financing any large purchases after getting approval for your mortgage.

Employment Changes

Changing careers or losing your job could be another reason a mortgage falls through. If you are transitioning to a job that pays more, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, a loss of income will have an impact on your DTI. If the loss of income is large enough, it could cause the lender to get cold feet and pull the loan.

Home Inspection Issues

Having a home inspection is another contingency common to home sales. Unlike the appraisal, the inspection looks at the soundness of the home and property. If the inspector uncovers a major issue, it could result in the lender pulling the mortgage. However, you might be able to renegotiate the price or get the seller to address the issues before closing.

Title Problems

You will need a title search before finalizing a home’s sale. A title search involves looking through public records to see if the title is clear for sale. The search might uncover liens, public record errors, rival claims, and more. You can sort it out depending on the issue and continue with the sale. That said, title issues might cause a lender to pull funding.


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