Applying for the Home Loan
OFFICIALLY APPLYING FOR A HOME LOAN
Preparedness is key! You are ready to officially apply for a home loan. You know the best lender for you, you have identified the best financial product for your purchase, and you have an executed real estate contract in hand for the perfect home. Now you have to arrange to pay for it.
Your lender will be working, behind the scenes, step by step, to get you to closing. Your job is to make sure they have what they need to get you there- sometimes it seems redundant- but it’s because there are many different parties involved all looking at information differently. You got this.
It is always better to be prepared upfront with EVERYTHING needed rather than slowly gathering documents because your loan officer must get a complete package off to underwriting and processing. Everything you miss holds up the process and makes your life more stressful. Even the most prepared applicant will have “conditions” that need satisfying along the way, always be quick to respond and get them what they need.
Documents Needed to Apply for a Home Loan
- Signed real estate contract
- W2’s from current and past employers
- Bank Statements (Last 2 years from all accounts)
- Paycheck stubs
- Tax returns
- Gift letter (if using gift funds / Your lender will provide details)
- List of your debts
- List of all your assets
- Proof of timely rental payments
- Credit Report
- Profit and loss statements
- Proof of additional income
- Divorcee decree (if applies)
- Bankruptcy paperwork (if applies)
What To Avoid During the Loan Approval Process
It is very important that your financial profile doesn’t undergo any significant changes during the home loan approval process. Altering your income or debt can result in a home loan denial.
- DON’T: Make large deposits or withdrawals.
- DON’T: Change jobs
- DON’T: Apply for credit cards (this means NO Home Depot cards, NO Macy’s cards- even if you get 50% off!)
- DON’T: Buy new furniture on credit (0% for 10 years is still credit)
- DON’T: Buy a new car
- DON’T: Up a home equity line of credit
- DON’T: Close credit accounts.
- DON’T: Make payments on collection accounts.