Congratulations! You’re planning to buy a house, and springtime is the perfect season to consider how your financing can lead you to purchasing a home. Here are some basic steps you’ll need to obtain a mortgage.
Step 1: Find a reputable mortgage professional
I can recommend several local mortgage professionals and loan officers that will discuss with you which loan type works best for your specific situation. The goal is to land on a comfortable purchase price and consider your monthly payment options. It also determines if we need to ask for “seller concessions,” such as having the seller pay closing costs. The loan officer will ask a variety of questions including:
-How much do you have to put down on the house?
-Do you have gift funds available?
-Do you plan to sell your current home before you buy or afterwards? If afterwards, how are you going to “bridge” across from one to the other?
Once you have your questions answered, you can fill out the loan application either in person or online. You’ll get a pre-approval letter from the lender and we can start shopping for homes!
Step 2: Provide your lender with necessary documentation
Providing your lender with supporting documents is key, and you’ll be asked to provide a significant amount of documentation. Lenders are under strict guidelines since the mortgage meltdown in recent years, so remember to be patient. You’ll need to document specific areas of your financial life, and keep documents up to date.
Step 3: Underwriting
Your lender will start the underwriting process, which has two parts they approve: you and the house. So, even if you haven’t found the right house, you can still “get approved” for one. This avoids potential setbacks or slowdowns once we have found the home that you want to move forward with buying.
Step 4: Contract paperwork
Once you’ve found a home you’re ready to purchase, we’ll get it under contract, and I provide the lender with the necessary contract paperwork. After your home inspection the lender orders the appraisal– through an independent process so the lender, you, or I cannot alter the property’s evaluation.
Step 5: Final underwriting
Once you receive the appraisal information, your file will go through underwriting for a final time. You’re issued some important paperwork, and loan documents are drafted. Then, we meet and sign final papers– showing you are the new homeowner.
Congratulations! You’ll get keys and be ready to move into your new home!