Loan Denied Stamp

Feeling lost when the door to a home loan seems to close? If you don’t qualify for a home loan in San Diego, there are several steps you can take to improve your financial situation and increase your chances of qualifying for a mortgage in the future. We’re sharing with you some strategies and alternatives available to turn your homeownership aspirations into a reality when you apply for a mortgage another time.


Review Your Credit Report

Get a copy of your credit report and review it for inaccuracies or negative items. Dispute any errors and aim on improving your credit score.


Improve Your Credit Score

Lowering your existing debts can improve your chances of qualifying for a mortgage. Make payments on time, and avoid taking on new debts. Lenders look at your debt-to-income ratio. A higher credit score can make you more attractive to lenders.


Save for a Down Payment

Saving for a larger down payment can reduce the amount you need to borrow and make you a more attractive borrower. Some loan programs require as little as 3% down, but larger down payments can offer more favorable terms. Here are tips on how you can save up for a down payment.


Increase Your Income

A higher income can make it easier to qualify for a mortgage. Consider ways to increase your income, such as taking on a part-time job or freelancing. Sell stuff you’re not using anymore at home. Ask for a raise or request for overtime. You’ve got this!


Explore Government Programs

Look into government-backed loan programs, such as FHA loans or VA loans, which may have more lenient qualification requirements. Learn more about your options here.


Seek a Co-Signer

If your credit or income is insufficient, you may consider finding a co-signer with better financial credentials to help you qualify for a loan. This can be a viable option for some, but it has potential drawbacks.

While having a co-signer might increase your chances of loan approval, it also means that the co-signer is equally responsible for the mortgage. This can strain relationships and may not be advisable if there’s any uncertainty about your ability to meet the financial obligations. It’s crucial to carefully consider the implications and have open communication with the co-signer before pursuing this option.


Get Good with Money

A financial advisor can help you create a plan to improve your financial situation and build your credit. If working with a financial advisor if not possible for you at the moment, there are DIY options available such as budgeting apps like Mint, YNAB, or PocketGuard. Saving for a home not only requires a down payment but also funds for closing costs, moving expenses, and home maintenance.


Shop Around

Different lenders have different qualification requirements and may offer various loan programs. Consider shopping around and working with a mortgage broker who can help you find the best mortgage option for your situation.


Seek Professional Guidance

Consider consulting a mortgage broker or a loan officer who can assess your situation and guide you on the best steps to take.


Having a loan denied is a setback but if you’re willing to put in the work, it is possible to get approved in your next attempt. If you have any questions about real estate or would like some guidance on getting pre-qualified and finding the right lender, feel free to contact our team at Broadpoint Properties.