If not done properly, applying for a mortgage can be stressful and time consuming, but with the right preparation the entire process can be seamless. Here are some crucial pieces of information that almost any lender will require before approving a mortgage.
Tax Information From The Previous Two Years
One of the most important documents a borrower will be asked for is their federal tax return along with a signed Form 4506-T, which will allow the lender to contact the IRS directly for their version of the federal tax return to compare to the ones provided. This allows them to examine the documents for any sign of fraud.
Documentation On All Owned Assets
The mortgage lender will require proof of every current asset owned by the borrower. This will include any current real estate titles along with bank and mutual fund statements and documentation on current investments. Don’t be shy, every asset owned is a better sign to the lender.
Documentation On All Owed Debts
On the opposite side of the coin, the mortgage lender will also want to be made aware of any current debt. All debts, from major student loans to miniscule credit card debts, will need to be documented and given to the lender. It’s important to provide information on monthly payments that need to be made, even if it appears insignificant.
Two Years Of W-2s For Employed Borrowers
Almost every lender will require a Form W-2 for the previous business year to see how much income was earned by the borrower. Many will require at least two years’ worth of W-2s to see if the income has been consistent.
Two Years Of 1099s For Self-Employed Borrowers
Alternatively, any self-employed borrowers will be required to provide profit and loss statements to show the current status of their business. Like W-2s, the lender may require documents showing profit and losses for at least two years if the business has been in existence that long.
Having all your documents ready in advance to applying for a mortgage can go a long way to helping the process go smoothly. The documents needed for a mortgage change from person to person depending on their situation, so make sure you speak with a qualified mortgage professional in advance to get a better idea of which documents you will need to supply.Share
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.