When meeting with your loan officer to start the mortgage process you will be required to complete a mortgage application, along with providing supporting documentation that can include pay stubs, w-s2, tax returns, and bank statements.
A good first step for anybody looking to take out a loan is to retreive your credit report from all 3 credit bureaus. If there are minor problems, be patient and try to fix them. If your credit is in good shape, gather together as many documents as you can such as paystubs, w-2s, bank statements, retirement accounts, mortgage statements, etc...
When gathering all of your documentation for your loan officer always remember that anything you can put in his or her hand may be important. One thing that seems to slip through the cracks from time to time is the ever unpopular divorce decree. If this unfortunate situation has come up at some point during your life, your loan officer may need this paperwork to help him or her along the way to finding you the perfect loan scenario.
Make sure that you take the time necessary to give your loan oficer the information he needs. A lot of people don't set aside enough time for the process and spend a lot fo time looking for documents that are necessary. Make sure that you have the necessary documents handy including you latest tax stubs or tax bill from the county tax assessor.
When starting the loan process you will need certain documentation to help the lender determine your financial background. The quality of the information you provide can influence the rate and amount of the loan that the lender will provide.
If you have ever had a bankruptcy then I would strongly suggest that you have a copy of your bankruptcy papers and your discharge papers ready for your loan officer when you are getting ready to start the loan process. The more necessary information that you have at the beginning of the loan process the faster your mortgage transaction should go and the quicker you should be able to close on your home loan.
It is a good idea to review your budget and determine how much of your income you can afford to spend on your mortgage payment. This will help your lender determine how much home you can afford to buy.
If your meeting is over the phone, make the request to your loan officer that they email/fax the documents and details over to you beforehand so that you can both look at the numbers at the same time. It's much easier to have the numbers in front of you and discuss them than to try to remember all of the particulars as you discuss them over the phone.
The application that the Loan officer is going to fill out with you gives the lender a bird's eye view of all your credit, income and asset history. The documenation that has to be provided is all the proof of what you put down on that paper. You must be able to show with documenation everything that you specified on your application. This would be your paystubs to prove income, your ID's to prove where you live, a Verification of Rent or Mortgage Statement to prove how long you have lived in a particular place.
It is always best to give more documentation than is necessary to your loan officer. Not only does it help with all the requirements that must be fufilled in order to get your loan done, it will even speed up the process.
Many federal and state laws are in place to protect you as a consumer. These laws further require banks and mortgage brokers to disclose to you your rights. As proof of having done so, your loan officer will need you to sign various federal and state disclosures, which is then made a part of the mortgage loan application package.
There's a lot of documentation to gather, and the task may seem daunting. But with the help of an experienced mortgage loan professional, the process is narrowed down to YOUR specific needs. This is usually determined through specific questions during your initial interview.
Preparing yourself mentally before having a mortgage professional take your application can be a big help. Keep in mind that you will be asked about your employment, income, assets and debts. Think about all the money coming in and all the money coming out so you'll be prepared to discuss it with your broker - even if it may not be something that will be on your application. For example, do you contribute regularly to your church or a favorite charity? That would not be part of the application process, but it may impact how comfortable you are with the mortgage payment you qualify for. Discussing all of your income and expenditures will give your mortgage broker the best idea of how to structure your loan.