How to find the right mortgage lender?
Don’t worry about your
finances, choose the professionals who’ll take care of them.
You’re just starting your search to purchase a new house - this is an exciting time! Before
you schedule your first home tour, getting prequalified for a mortgage is an important
first step. You don’t have to think about it on your own - we’re here to help
Having years of experience on the market, we’ve learned how important a trustworthy
mortgage lender is during your real estate journey. Put your faith in a leading
lender awarded for the exquisite customer service and appreciated for the
competitive offers. Choose the business that pairs knowledge, individual
approach, and integrity, taking care of the most satisfactory results for you.
Here’s a checklist to get you on your way to buying the home of your dreams before you decide on the professional with whom you want to work.
- Personal documents
You’ll need two forms of government-issued ID, your social security
number, divorce papers if applicable, as well as proof of ownership of
other properties, you may own.
- Review your credit report
You should be able to do this free of charge. Be sure to dispute any errors or provide an explanation for late payments or derogatory items. Then, keep your credit score healthy by avoiding any new credit inquiries,
not canceling or closing any credit accounts, increasing your credit balances (spending) with any of your creditors, or lowering limits with any creditors. Doing any of these things could lower your credit score.
- Tax returns
You’ll need to provide tax returns for the previous year, and potentially
for the last two years.
- Proof of income
Gather W2s, paycheck stubs, 1099s, or a year-to-date profit and loss statement if you’re self-employed. You’ll also need to show other income sources such as Social Security, child support (and proof children’s ages), or government assistance.
- Proof of assets
Provide bank statements, mutual fund statements, account balances for retirement accounts, 401Ks, IRAs, and any money held in the stock market.
- Debt summary
You’ll need to provide a summary of your debts, monthly payment amounts,
child support payments, and balances for credit cards, student loans, car
loans, other property loans.
- Financial issues
You may need to provide a written explanation if you’ve had a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or other financial issues in the past.
- Down payment and closing money ready
Have these funds ready in your bank account. If you received this money as a gift, you might need to provide a letter from the donor explaining the gift is not a loan. Your mortgage lender will provide you with the approved form to use if you are applicable.
Compile proof for the past year with canceled checks or money orders to
show rent was paid on time.
- Mortgage pre-approval successful
Do some comparison shopping and contact other lenders. A home is likely the largest purchase you’ll ever make, do your homework to ensure you get a competitive deal. Remember, it’s not all about rate – ask questions of the potential lenders to determine if this is the right loan program for your individual needs, and understand if you have multiple loan programs available to choose from.
your first mortgage? Get in touch with us! We’d be happy to walk you through
the process and help you find the mortgage lender you can trust.