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Questions Your Lender Will Ask When Applying For A Mortgage

Questions Your Lender Will Ask When Applying For A Mortgage

 

 

Applying for a Mortgage? Three Questions Your Lender Will Ask You - and How to Prepare Your AnswersBefore approving a mortgage, your lender is going to have to do his due diligence to ensure that you can afford a loan large enough to pay for a house. That means your lender will be asking you several questions about whether or not you can afford a mortgage.

Here’s how you can prepare to answer these questions in a way that will increase your likelihood of approval.

How Stable Is Your Income?

Your lender is going to want to know that your income is going to be stable over the life of the loan. This means that you should be able to document steady employment, that investment income is going to be stable or that the alimony that you receive from your former spouse will continue to come in for the foreseeable future. To document your income, you can provide bank statements, pay stubs or tax returns from the previous three years.

How Much Do You Have In The Bank?

A lender is going to be interested in how much you have in reserve in case you lost your job or suffer an unexpected medical expense that could make it harder to pay your mortgage. For a conventional mortgage, you may be required to have three to six months worth of expenses in the bank or in other assets that you could liquidate. To show how much you have in the bank, you can provide bank statements or balance statements from any other account where you may get money from if need be.

Where Is The Money For The Down Payment And Closing Costs Coming From?

While some lenders don’t mind if the money is gifted from a qualified source such as a family member, friend or employer, other lenders will require that the money for a down payment or other costs comes straight from your own bank account. To prove where the funds are coming from, you will need to show when the money was deposited into your bank account if using your own funds (or a gift letter if the funds are being gifted).

A mortgage lender needs to be sure that you are able to repay any loan that you are approved for. That means you’ll want to present your lender with solid, documented proof that you have a steady income and ample cash reserves to pay the mortgage and associated fees.

For more information about what lenders look for in mortgage applicants, please feel free to contact your qualified mortgage professional today.  The Mark Taylor Team can be reached by phone at 602.361.0707 or by email at mark@awesomerates.com  We would love to help you get into your new dream home. 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsMark Taylor Mortgages • September 03 2014 07:33AM

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As always, great, insightful information for all buyers to know.

Posted by Pamela Smith, Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand (Award Realty) over 4 years ago

hey there  ,

very well said... great Q points.

thanks for sharing!

have a great day!

Posted by Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243 (Red 1 Realty) over 4 years ago

Mark, so many home buyers feel like lenders are drawing blood or taking urine samples.  With informative blogs like this, it takes the guess work out of the loan process.  Keep the info coming. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 4 years ago

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