When you are buying a home the first thing you need to do is get pre-approved. This is different from pre-qualifying as it is a full loan approval instead of simply an opinion letter of your creditworthiness. Its is best that you take this step before looking at homes as finding out what you qualify for will help you look in the right price range and avoid disappointment. On the flip side, you might be able to look at more expensive homes than you originally thought possible.
Here are some things your lender will need (and need you to do or not to do) during the application and escrow process):
1) All funds used for the downpayment and closing costs need to be carefully scrutinized by your lender.
- You must provide detailed and accurate information to show which accounts the funds are in and where the funds are coming from.
- You must document the source of any funds that have been in your accounts for less than 2 months.
- Any changes that occur to your financial condition will need to be explained to the lender.
- Changes to your assets, employment, income or credit scores during the escrow process could jeopardize your ability to obtain a loan.
- Provide complete documents – all pages!
- Provide documents with names, addresses and account numbers.
2) Things not to do during the escrow process:
- Do not transfer funds from one bank account to another.
- Do not make unusual large deposits into your bank account or you will need to provide documentation for the source of any deposits.
- Do not buy a car just prior to buying a house of during the escrow process.
- Do not spend large sums of money buying furniture or appliances.
- Do not change jobs.
- Do not apply for new credit cards.
- Do not close existing credit cards.
3) The lender is going to require a letter of explanation and/or support documentation for:
- Recent inquiries on your credit report.
- Derogatory items on your credit report.
- Recent deposits into your bank account.
- Recent transfers of money from one account to another.
- Evidence earnest money deposit has cleared your account.
4) If you are receiving gift funds the lender will require:
- A gift letter signed by you and the gift donor.
- Evidence of the donors ability to gift the funds – a bank statement.
- Evidence of the receipt of the gift funds – a copy of the check or wire.
- Evidence of the funds being received into your account.
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