How to find the right mortgage lender?
Choose the professionals who’ll help you protect your finances.
You’re just starting your search for a new home, an exciting time! Getting prequalified for a mortgage is an important first step in the home-buying process.
We’ve learned the importance of a trustworthy mortgage lender recognized for stellar customer service and competitive offers. Choose a lender that pairs knowledge, individual approach, and integrity.
Here’s a checklist of items you'll need when securing a lender:
- 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 current property.
- Review your credit report
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- Tax returns
You’ll need to provide tax returns for the previous year and potentially for the past 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 of childrens' ages), or government assistance.
- Proof of assets
Provide bank statements, mutual fund statements, and 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, balances for credit cards, student loans, car loans, and other property loans.
- Financial issues
You may need to provide a written explanation if you’ve had bankruptcy 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 gifter explaining that the gift is not a loan.
Compile proof of rent payment 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.
Applying for your first mortgage? Get in touch with us! We’d be happy to walk you through the process and help you find a mortgage lender you can trust.