Mortgage Applications

Written by Tara Peris
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Most first-time buyers find themselves easily overwhelmed by mortgage applications. Although a good lender will go a long way toward translating them into terms you can understand, it helps to know a thing or two about what is needed to process your loan application. When you approach the process prepared, you stand the best chance of having your loan approved in a quick and efficient manner.

If you're smart, you spent a good deal of time choosing a lender. You researched the candidates thoroughly, examining their credentials and interpersonal styles. You obtained references and you actually called them, and you made sure that the lender you ultimately selected was committed to helping you into a home in the least stressful manner possible. Now what do you do?

Tackling the Application

After you have your lender in place, your next step is to obtain credit approval. This process will vary according to your credit history, so expect some delays if your record is less than optimal. Your credit approval will take multiple factors into consideration in order to determine your ability to repay a home loan. These factors include things such as outstanding debt and annual income.

The best way to expedite the process is to show up for your loan interview armed with all of the necessary documents. You'll want W2 forms, bank account information, deeds to other homes and major purchases, as well as documentation of other debts. Bring these materials along with a completed universal application form and your loan request will be processed as quickly as possible. For the fastest turnaround times, online applications are your best bet.

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