Home Loan Workbook

THE DO’S AND DON’TS DURING THE MORTGAGE APPROVAL PROCESS

Do’s

• Keep all records and documents in good order

• Availability - Keep your financial records close at hand in case updates are requested.

• Income - Be aware that underwriters typically verify your income and tax documents through your employer(s), CPA, and/or IRS tax transcripts. Hold onto new paystubs as received.

• Assets - Continue saving account statements. Keep all numbered pages of each statement. Ex. 8 of 8.

• Gifts - If you’re receiving any gift money from relatives, they’ll need to sign a gift letter (we’ll provide) and an account statement evidencing the source, which must be “seasoned” funds.

• Current residence - If you’re renting, continue paying your rent on time and save proof of payment. If you’re selling your current residence, be prepared to show your closing disclosure. If you’ll be renting your home, you may need to show sucient equity, a lease and receipt of the first month’s rent and security deposit.

• Keep your credit shining - Continue making payments on time. Your credit report may be refreshed, and any negative change to your report could cause you to lose your approval and your home.

• Understand that things have changed - Underwriters require more documentation than in the past. Even if requests seem silly, intrusive or unnecessary, please remember that if they didn’t need it, they wouldn’t ask. Don’ts

• Apply for new credit - Changes in credit can cause delays, change the terms of your financing or even prevent closing. If you must open a new account (or even borrow against retirement funds), please consult with us first.

• Change jobs during the process - Probationary periods, career or even status changes (such as from a salaried to a commisioned position, leave of absence or new bonus structure) can be subject to very strict rules.

• Make undocumented deposits - Primarily large but sometimes even small deposits must be sourced unless they are identified. Make copies of checks and deposit slips. Make sure you keep all documents on any large deposit.

• Wait to liquidate funds from stock or retirement account - If you need to sell investments, do it now and document the transaction. Don’t take the risk that the market could move against you leaving you short of funds to close.

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