Finding the Right Mortgage Lender

You are 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 home mortgage is an important first step. You are not alone. I am here to help you. 

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Having years of experience on the market, I have 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 pair knowledge, individual approach, and integrity, taking care of the most satisfactory results for you.

Here is a checklist to get you started on buying the home of your dreams before you decide on the professional with whom you want to work with. 

  1. Personal documents
    You will need two forms of government-issued ID, your social security number, divorce papers if applicable, as well as proof of ownership of other property.
  2. 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, canceling any credit accounts, or lowering limits with any creditors. Doing any of these things could lower your credit score. 
  3. Tax returns
    You’ll need to provide tax returns for the previous year, and potentially for the last two years.
  4. 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 of children’s ages), or government assistance.
  5. Proof of assets
    Provide bank statements, mutual fund statements, account balances for retirement accounts, 401Ks, IRAs, and any money held in the stock market.
  6. 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.
  7. Financial issues
    You may need to provide a written explanation if you have filed for bankruptcy or experienced other financial issues in the past.
  8. 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 gifter explaining the gift is not a loan.
  9. Renting
    Compile proof for the past year with canceled checks or money orders to show rent was paid on time.
  10. Mortgage pre-approval successful
    Do some comparison shopping and contact other lenders. A home is likely the largest purchase you will ever make, so do your homework to ensure you get the best deal. 

Applying for your first mortgage? Get in touch with me! I am more than happy to walk you through the process and help you find the right mortgage lender for your needs.  


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