The Loan Process
The loan process is not complicated however it can be confusing. I will be here to help you though the entire process, step by step, answers any of your questions and provide you will all information and documents.
The first step in the loan process is to complete the mortgage loan application (officially referred to as the Uniform Residential Loan Application). This is a lengthy application that documents your personal information (Social Security Number, date of birth, etc.), employment information, assets and liabilities, mortgage terms and much more. I will work with you to complete this form either by
Once you and any co-borrowers have completed and signed the application, I will:
Pull your credit report and score from all three major agencies to verify your credit history.
Evaluate the four C’s to determine if you are creditworthy:
• Capacity – Current and future ability to make payments
• Capital or cash reserves – Money, savings and investments you have that can be quickly liquidated for cash
• Collateral – The property that you will purchase or refinance
• Credit – Your history of how you pay your revolving and installment debts
At this point, I can provide you with a pre-approval letter that outlines how much you qualify to borrow and the specific terms of the loan. Now, you can begin looking for your new home with greater confidence or proceed with the refinance.
Once you have found the home you want to buy and have signed a Purchase Agreement for the property, you are ready to complete the application process by providing me with the address and property details, or again proceed with a refinance. I will then:
Get an appraisal to determine the market value of the property, because it will be used as collateral for your loan. You have a legal right to get a copy of this and will want a copy for your records.
Issue a Commitment Letter detailing the terms of your loan approval.
The Commitment Letter serves as final approval of your mortgage loan and states the terms of the approval. Once you receive and accept this, you are assured the financing needed to complete the purchase of your home and can now focus on completing the details required for closing.