Do's and Do Nots' for Home Mortgages

Here's the good news: More people than ever can buy a home.

Now for the bad: It's going to take a lot of patience, restraint and some careful planning to get there. That loan officer sitting across the table won't look kindly on the new Lexus you bought or the stack of credit card bills on the kitchen counter. And if you've only managed to put away $1,000 in savings by then, it'll be time to forget about the $300,000 beach house.

To pull the purchase off, try heeding some of the guidelines below that our experts suggest. It may not always be fun, but doing so will help get you where you want to go.

Pay your bills and start saving

"No. 1, pay your bills on time. There is no single element that can so dramatically impact the success of an application as your credit history," says Brian Israel, vice president of Chicago-based Harris Trust and Savings Bank's residential mortgage division. "Another thing, of course, is savings. People should have a good disciplined savings pattern."

"That's the kind of behavior that's going to make them a successful homeowner."

Everybody comes into the real estate market with a different perspective and level of experience. The fact that online mortgage applications, new loan products and rising interest rates are competing for attention these days makes it all the more difficult to give foolproof advice. But some general rules apply to pretty much anybody when it comes to getting the money to buy a home. So here are some of the do's and don'ts that buyers will want to consider.

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