Mar 19 2018

Checklist: Your Mortgage Application

Every lender requires documents as part of the process of approving a mortgage loan. Here are documents you’re generally required to provide:

  • W-2 Tax returns — or business tax returns if you’re self-employed — for the last two or three years for every person signing the loan.
  • At least one pay stub for each person signing the loan but you should be expected to provide newer pay stubs as you progress through the purchase period.
  • Account numbers of all your credit cards (revolving lines of credit) and the amounts for any outstanding balances.
  • Two to four months of bank and credit union statements for both checking and savings accounts.
  • Lender, loan number, and amount owed on installment loans, such as student loans and car loans.
  • Addresses where you’ve lived for the last five to seven years, with names of landlords if appropriate.
  • Brokerage account statements for two to four months, as well as a list of any other major assets of value, such as a boat, RV, or stocks or bonds not held in a brokerage account.
  • Your most recent 401(k) or other retirement account statement.
  • Documentation to verify additional income, such as child support or a pension.
  • If you plan to use “gift funds” you will want to disclose that up front during your application period so the lender can help you get things set up and accounted for from the beginning.
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Brad Howell