Buyers Should Be Careful About Credit Use Prior to Closing


Buyers and their agents need to be aware that it is a very bad idea for buyers to increase their credit balances or to open new lines of credit shortly before they close escrow on their new home. More specifically, they should avoid such activity during the period of time between loan application and closing. This is because policies under Fannie Mae's Loan Quality Initiative, effective June 1, 2010, requires lenders to "refresh" a borrower's credit report just prior to closing.


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