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Documents needed when completing a loan application

Bring the following items with you to the first meeting with your potential lender:

  • Copy of your Purchase & Sale Agreement (if you have already made an offer on the home).
  • Your present mortgage information (if applicable).
  • Two- year history of employment and verification of income sources.
  • If self-employed, copies of the past two years Federal Income Tax Returns.
  • Information about your checking, saving and credit card accounts.
  • Name, account number and outstanding balance of each of your debts.
  • Application deposit for credit report and appraisal.
  • Information about any assets.
    • If FHA loan – copy of Social Security Card and photo ID.
    • If VA loan – copy of Eligibility Certificate or DD214.


Questions to ask a lender

  • Are both fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages available?
  • What is the interest rate?
  • How long can I lock-in the financing at the current interest rate?
  • Is a float down lock available in case rates drop after I have locked in?
  • What are the other fees a lender may charge me in conjunction with my loan?
  • Are funds available for a second mortgage?

On adjustable loans:

  • How often will the interest rate be adjusted?
  • Is there a maximum limit (cap) on each rate adjustment?
  • How often will the monthly payment be adjusted?
  • Is there a ceiling (lifetime cap) on the payment adjustments?
  • Can the term of the loan be extended?
  • What is the maximum rate that can be charged over the life of the loan?
  • Is there any potential for negative amortization?
  • Is there a pre-payment penalty clause? This involves extra charges for paying off the loan before maturity.
  • What is the grace period? How late can a monthly payment be made before a late charge is assessed? What will happen if a payment is missed?
  • If I sell my home, will my loan be assumable by the buyer?
  • Do I have to pay points to get your mortgage? Usually lenders charge points for the cost of giving you a mortgage loan. A point is 1% of the loan amount.
  • Will the lender require mortgage insurance?
  • Is the loan serviced locally or is the servicing sold?
  • Ask for a written good faith estimate.

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