Prequalification – Qualifying for a Loan

Qualifying for a loan requires speaking with a lender or mortgage broker and finding out what loan amount you can qualify for and the maximum purchase price for a property. A licensed mortgage broker can guide you through the process and recommend different loan programs you might qualify for, such as:

The mortgage broker or loan officer will look at several key factors to come up with your qualification:

  • Cash – cash to close & savings
  • Credit – Best rates with a 740 or higher FICO Score
  • Capacity – debt to income ratio
  • Collateral – subject property value & other assets

It is important to get prequalified with a lender so that you, the lender, and your realtor are all on the same page. This can help to focus on the right properties for you and also minimize problems allowing for a smoother transaction.

Some lenders will issue a pre-qualification letter to the buyer and the buyer’s real estate agent. Other lenders may provide a pre-approval letter. Pre-approval is the same process as pre-qualification but typically means that the lender has gone a step further and pulled your credit. They have also run your credit profile through their automated underwriting system. Not every lender has this ability and you should consult with your mortgage loan originator to confirm.

Below is a typical list of documents that a lender or mortgage broker may ask for

  • 2 Most recent years of Federal Tax Returns (All schedules and attachments)
  • 1 Full month or 30 days of most recent pay stubs
  • Most recent loan statement for any “installment loan” (ex. Car, Student, Personal, etc.)
    • a.They will ask about credit card debt as well but will not ask for phone bill, internet, etc.
  • 2 Most recent months of bank statements for any and all accounts
  • Other documentation (if necessary):
    • a. Mortgage statement for any properties owned (plus proof of taxes, insurance, maintenance fee, HOA dues, etc.)
    • b. Certificate of Marriage
    • c. Divorce Decree
    • d. Death Certificate

You should consult with your mortgage loan officer for their lender’s specific list. If you would like to be setup with a reputable lender, contact us today.

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