If buying a house is ranked high on your list of goals to accomplish this year, it’s best to get started sooner rather than later. From checking your credit score and creating a budget to getting pre-approved for financing, there’s a lot that must be done.

While it’s not guaranteed you’ll qualify for the mortgage you’re hoping for, there are a number of things that can be done to help you look better to lenders. Here are four tips that can help make the process of obtaining mortgage financing a little smoother.

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