Black Friday and Cyber Monday Purchases Could Rain On Your Real Estate Closing Day Parade

by Rich Vetstein on November 23, 2010

in Fannie Mae, Mortgages

I’m never one to rain on a good shopping day parade, but the upcoming Black Friday and “Cyber Monday” shopping binges could cause some problems for home buyers who intend on makes big purchases over the weekend, but haven’t closed yet on their real estate transaction.

The reason is Fannie Mae’s Loan Quality Initiative (LQI) rules which have resulted in lenders pulling last minute credit reports and additional verifications of borrower information. If you have racked up a big credit card bill before your closing, these last minute credit checks pull could result in a closing delay, pricing adjustment, or, worst, loan approval cancellation.

So, I hate to say it, but the best thing to do for home buyers is WAIT until after your closing to buy those new appliances at Sears. Your loan officer will thank you!

And thanks to my colleague Pat Maddigan for the head’s up on this issue!

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