If you want to save money on your mortgage, you might think about refinancing. Before you can complete the refinancing process, there are several documents you need to have. Make sure you have all of these documents organized before you go through the refinancing process.
Basic Personal Information
You need to have documents that prove your basic personal information. This includes your name, current address, and phone number. There are plenty of documents you can use to prove this information, and your current lender probably already has this on file if you are using the same lender to go through the refinancing process.
Income and Debt Documents
You also need to have documents that verify all of your current income or debt. If you are a wage-earner, you should have at least one recent pay stub. You should also have tax returns and W2 forms from the past two years.
Make sure you have recent asset or bank statements as well. This could include retirement accounts, checking accounts, savings accounts, and investment accounts. You will probably need the most recent quarterly statement for monthly statements going back at least two months.
Any Additional Letters and Documents
There are several other letters or documents you might need as well. If you receive alimony payments or child support, you will need to have divorce decrees verifying this information.
If there are any questions about your credit history or gaps in your employment, you will need to have letters explaining these issues. That way, the lender will be reassured that you can repay the home loan. If you receive pension payments or social security payments, you should have an award letter specifying the size of the payments and how long they are going to be paid.
You also need to have a deed showing that you are the rightful owner of the home and a document showing that you have an active homeowners insurance policy with appropriate coverage.
Get Your Documents Organized for the Refinancing Process
Once you have all of these documents, you should be ready for the refinancing process. You should work with a professional who can walk you through this process from start to finish.
About the Author:Babak Moghaddam graduated from University of Southern California in 1985. He entered the mortgage industry as a compliance auditor at the Bank of New York in 1986 and completed his masters in Business Administration two years later. After seventeen years in the traditional mortgage banking world Babak finally transformed this vision into his own practice in 2002 when he formed Charter Pacific Lending Corp, a mortgage company that has provided over $900 Million in residential real estate loans throughout Southern California. Babak and his team do things a little differently than other mortgage providers. They work as financial advisors, because they have come to realize that a mortgage is a very powerful financial tool. And just like any other financial tool, it should be managed as part of the overall financial management plan to reach every home owner’s long and short-term financial goals much faster. You can contact Babak for a free consultation and strategy session at (800) 322-1217 X103.