Often, when your lender scrutinizes your loan application for a new home or piece of property so finely that it is finally turned down, it can be very distressing. If this happens, you should be able to understand just why such a decision was taken and do what you can to remedy the situation. The cause for rejection given below will help you understand just why it happens to some people.
Causes for rejection:
The appraised value is far too low: Your lender perhaps found the ratio of the loan amount to the sale price or the appraised value of the property to be substantially lower than the purchase price or loan-to-value (LTV) ratio. Or perhaps the LTV is higher than your lender is allowed to approve. Then, perhaps you have applied for 90-95% of the purchase price as the loan amount. A low appraisal will then make your loan request far too large.
If the seller’s price of the property far outstrips the prevailing rates in your locality, you would be best advised to renegotiate the price with him so that it conforms to the prices in the area. It should also be one which your lender would not refuse in order to pass your loan request. If this can’t be done, it might be a better idea to accept a smaller loan amount, and pay the balance from your personal funds.
Insufficient funds: When your lender goes through your financial information and you’re verification of deposit, he will find that you do not have enough funds to make the necessary down payment and cover closing costs. Even if these funds do not come from a loan, a gift could go a long way. Alternatively, you could ask the seller to take back a second mortgage on the property. This would help lower your down payment or get the seller to pay some of the closing costs, perhaps the origination fees. After all this, you could ameliorate the situation by just waiting in the wings, while you begin a savings scheme.
Do you have insufficient income? Lenders will refuse your loan application if they find that the mortgage payment on your property exceeds 28 percent of your monthly gross income. In addition, if your total debt including mortgage payments and other installments exceed 36 per cent, you stand to be refused. The figures are higher for FHA loans. But the situation can improve for you if your credit card record is good and you can prove that you already are carrying a huge household expense including rent or mortgage payments, perhaps your lender will swing his decision in your favor. This is just why you need to make a clean breast of your income and expenses while making an application.
Up to your eyes in debt: Often, lenders don’t reject applications solely because of the amount of debt they carry on their heads. It is also the many credit cards they possess and revolving credit accounts with proof of rising account balances that come close to the limit prescribed. Such information is detrimental if you are out to prove your creditworthiness. To remedy the situation, you will need to pay off as many of your debts as possible and then reapply for a loan.
Poor credit history: What can be more devastating than to have your loan request turned down due to a history of poor debt repayment habits? If your lender sees that you have a history of making late charges often, owing amounts to the bank or insolvency, he’s hardly likely to pass a loan application for purchase of property. Your lender is surely not going to be tolerant of a bad credit record. Even if you have had a low loan-to-value ratios and debt ratios, you cannot wipe out a history of poor credit.
Rejection is not the end of the world: Just because a lender rejects your loan application doesn’t mean you can never own property in all your life. You can take corrective steps to improve your chances of acceptance. But if you work steadfastly at it, you can work a way round your problems. Find out why your loan application was rejected and work towards loan acceptance.