Whether you are a first time home buyer, looking to refinance, or you haven’t owned a home in quite a long time, you may not know exactly how to go about applying for a home loan.
Tackling the mortgage process may seem like a daunting task, but we promise – it’s completely doable!
If you’re planning to purchase a new home, we always suggest you start with the financing before you start the search for a new place to live. By completing the mortgage process, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of your credit, what you qualify for in terms of sales price, and how much you can realistically afford to spend on a hew home.
In some cases, if your credit is not where it needs to be, it will be beneficial to have a company like Maple Tree that will assist you with your credit so you can be ready and in a good position to make a home purchase when you find that perfect house.
When you’re ready to apply for a mortgage, your first step will be to meet with a mortgage company. You’ll need specific information such as your Social Security Number, Date of Birth, valid address, and employment information. In most cases, this initial meeting can be done over the phone in order to get a pre-qualification letter. You likely won’t have to produce your documents while your credit is being checked, but it’s a good idea to start gathering them.
After your initial meeting with the mortgage company, your credit will be checked and your financial profile will be reviewed. This helps the mortgage company to determine how much you can realistically afford to pay and how reliable you are when it comes to paying back loans.
Once your credit is pulled and your financial profile have been reviewed, the mortgage company will give you an idea of how much you can afford based on your debt-to-income ratio. These ratios vary based on loan product.
Based on your credit scores and financial profile, the mortgage company you are working with will provide you with a pre-qualification letter. This letter essentially indicates the amount of mortgage that you can expect to be approved for when you ultimately move forward with purchasing a home. It is not a guaranteed amount, but it will give you a good idea of how much you can realistically expect to spend on a home mortgage.
Once you get your pre-qualification letter, find the perfect home, and are ready to buy, your Mortgage Loan Originator will take your purchase contract, your documents (see below), and start getting you approved!
Documents that you should start saving/keeping when you plan to apply for a mortgage:
This is a good start. Sometimes it can take a while to find your documents so gathering them ahead of time can save you a lot of time and help you get into your home or refinance your loan more quickly.
At Maple Tree Funding, we’re here to help you make the mortgage application process as easy and stress-free as possible from start to finish. We’ll guide you and answer any questions you might have along the way as we work together to secure financing for your next home purchase.
You can get started with the mortgage process on our website right away. Fill out our quick application now!
Have questions or want to talk to an experienced mortgage loan originator about what loan option might be right for you? Give us a call at (518) 782-1202 and get the conversation started today!
Editors Note: This post was originally published in 2013 but has been updated as of July 2017.