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Your Initial Meeting with a Mortgage Professional

The loan approval process generally begins with an initial interview where you and a mortgage professional discuss the potential loan. You can send information to your mortgage professional before the meeting to verify your income and long term debts.

You may prefer to talk with your mortgage professional before house hunting to determine in advance how much you can afford and the mortgage amount for which you can qualify. This step is called pre-qualification and can save you time and trouble by making certain you are looking in the correct price range.

To complete the 1003 Mortgage Application, you will need to gather:

  • A purchase contract for the house (if you have one)
  • Your bank account numbers and the address of your bank branch, along with checking and savings account statements for the previous 2-3 months
  • Pay stubs, W2 withholding forms, tax returns for two years, or other proof of employment, and income verification
  • Credit card bills for the past few billing periods, or canceled checks for rent or utility bill payments, to show payment history and amount of revolving debt
  • Information on other consumer debt such as car loans, furniture loans, student loans and retail credit cards
    Balance sheets and tax returns, if you are self-employed
  • Any gift letters, if you are using a gift from a parent or relative or other organization to help pay the down payment and/or closing costs. This letter simply states that the money is in fact a gift and will not have to be repaid.

    Having these items on hand when you visit the mortgage company will help speed up the application process. Usually, an appraisal fee will have to be paid when you submit the mortgage application.

The loan approval process generally begins with an initial interview where you and a mortgage professional discuss the potential loan. You can send information to your mortgage professional before the meeting to verify your income and long term debts.

You may prefer to talk with your mortgage professional before house hunting to determine in advance how much you can afford and the mortgage amount for which you can qualify. This step is called pre-qualification and can save you time and trouble by making certain you are looking in the correct price range.

To complete the 1003 Mortgage Application, you will need to gather:

  • A purchase contract for the house (if you have one)
  • Your bank account numbers and the address of your bank branch, along with checking and savings account statements for the previous 2-3 months
  • Pay stubs, W2 withholding forms, tax returns for two years, or other proof of employment, and income verification
  • Credit card bills for the past few billing periods, or canceled checks for rent or utility bill payments, to show payment history and amount of revolving debt
  • Information on other consumer debt such as car loans, furniture loans, student loans and retail credit cards
    Balance sheets and tax returns, if you are self-employed
  • Any gift letters, if you are using a gift from a parent or relative or other organization to help pay the down payment and/or closing costs. This letter simply states that the money is in fact a gift and will not have to be repaid.

    Having these items on hand when you visit the mortgage company will help speed up the application process. Usually, an appraisal fee will have to be paid when you submit the mortgage application.
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Speed Up the Mortgage Process

Once complete, your application will be given to a processor in the mortgage company who will organize your paperwork and may verify your employment, bank balances, and other information.

Be sure to respond promptly to requests for information while processing is taking place.

Commonly requested items during processing that may not have been collected during the application include:

  • The final purchase contract for the house (if applicable).
  • If you're self-employed, the mortgage company may require your personal and business tax returns for the previous two years and your company's year-to-date Profit and Loss statement.
  • Divorce settlement papers, if applicable.
  • Updated account statements for listed assets in the application that may have changed in value.
  • Information about debts or credit report items that may have been delinquent or not accurate.
  • Evidence of your mortgage or rental payments, such as canceled checks.
  • An irrevocable gift letter if you are receiving a monetary gift from a relative.

The processor is collecting this information before presenting it to an underwriter. An underwriter reviews all the information in your loan file to determine if the application meets the lender guidelines. With approval, a lender should give you a letter of commitment, which is a promise from the lender to make a loan based on specific terms and conditions.

In order to improve your chances of getting a loan approval:

  1. Fill out your loan application thoroughly. You may use our online forms to expedite the process.
  2. Respond promptly to any requests for additional documentation, especialliy if your rate is locked or if your loan is to close by a certain deadline.
  3. Do not move money into or from your bank accounts without a paper trail. If you are receiving money from friends, family or other relatives, please prepare a gift letter and contact us.
  4. Do not make any major purchases until your loan is closed. Purchases cause your debts to increase and might have an adverse affect on your current application.
  5. Do not go out of town around your loan's closing date. If you plan to be out of town, sign a Power of Attorney to authorize another individual to sign on your behalf when your loan is expected to fund.

Once complete, your application will be given to a processor in the mortgage company who will organize your paperwork and may verify your employment, bank balances, and other information.

Be sure to respond promptly to requests for information while processing is taking place.

Commonly requested items during processing that may not have been collected during the application include:

  • The final purchase contract for the house (if applicable).
  • If you're self-employed, the mortgage company may require your personal and business tax returns for the previous two years and your company's year-to-date Profit and Loss statement.
  • Divorce settlement papers, if applicable.
  • Updated account statements for listed assets in the application that may have changed in value.
  • Information about debts or credit report items that may have been delinquent or not accurate.
  • Evidence of your mortgage or rental payments, such as canceled checks.
  • An irrevocable gift letter if you are receiving a monetary gift from a relative.

The processor is collecting this information before presenting it to an underwriter. An underwriter reviews all the information in your loan file to determine if the application meets the lender guidelines. With approval, a lender should give you a letter of commitment, which is a promise from the lender to make a loan based on specific terms and conditions.

In order to improve your chances of getting a loan approval:

  1. Fill out your loan application thoroughly. You may use our online forms to expedite the process.
  2. Respond promptly to any requests for additional documentation, especialliy if your rate is locked or if your loan is to close by a certain deadline.
  3. Do not move money into or from your bank accounts without a paper trail. If you are receiving money from friends, family or other relatives, please prepare a gift letter and contact us.
  4. Do not make any major purchases until your loan is closed. Purchases cause your debts to increase and might have an adverse affect on your current application.
  5. Do not go out of town around your loan's closing date. If you plan to be out of town, sign a Power of Attorney to authorize another individual to sign on your behalf when your loan is expected to fund.
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