What You Need to Know About Your Mortgage and Mortgage Lender

 

When purchasing a home, it is crucial to provide thorough information and documentation to your mortgage lender in order to receive a timely and final approval. There are many reasons that may lead to delays after applying for mortgage. Just consider, the number of different parties involved in the mortgage approval process, if any of these parties are delayed, they could slow down the whole process.

After a loan application has been taken, the lender could ask for additional information from any of the parties involved; for instance; the real estate agents may not have completed all the necessary forms, the title or escrow company may fail to complete the title exam or title work on time, the seller may have title issues or other delays, the property may encounter acts of God, the private inspection may find repairs that need to be negotiated, the appraisal may call for required repairs, as well as many other possible delays.

It is Important That You Complete Your Mortgage Application

It is vital to provide your lender with all the necessary information to complete your loan application; the basic information needed includes; your pay studs, tax returns, and asset statements. Although your lender may need additional information, which may include any or all of the following: an explanation for any bankruptcy(s), separation and / or divorce decrees, credit issues, gaps in employment, or anything you may deem vital in your employment or credit history.

Incomplete applications may also delay the appraisal from being ordered. Although there is an unlimited list of reasons why your mortgage could be delayed; the following are the most common areas where delays occur;

  • Changing Jobs During Loan Process – It is imperative that you keep your loan officer informed of any changes to your income during the loan process. If it is necessary to change jobs during the loan process, inform your loan officer immediately. If any of the new income is commission, bonus, tip or 1099-based; the income may not be able to be used unless you have a two-year history of receiving this type of income. Also, if the new job has a probationary period, most lenders will not use the income until the probationary period has expired.

 

  • Cash Deposits – Lenders will require a minimum of the last 60 days banking activity to approve a mortgage loan. If there are any unexplained cash deposits, these will have to be explained and thoroughly documented. If they cannot be documented, they will most likely not be used as verifiable or usable income for loan purposes. Also, completing gift documentation up-front will allow time for the lender to review the gift documentation and inform the borrower if anything is incomplete.

 

  • New Debts – Lenders will most likely require a soft-pull credit report be reviewed within a few days of closing your new mortgage. If there are any inquiries for new credit since the application or any new accounts have been opened, these will have to be explained and documented prior to closing your mortgage. If these are new debts with monthly payments, these will change your debt to income ratio and may result in the denial of the mortgage.

 

  • New Debts – Lenders will most likely require a soft-pull credit report be reviewed within a few days of closing your new mortgage. If there are any inquiries for new credit since the application or any new accounts have been opened, these will have to be explained and documented prior to closing your mortgage. If these are new debts with monthly payments, these will change your debt to income ratio and may result in the denial of the mortgage.

Is Your Mortgage Closing Delayed? This is Why

There are many reasons that may cause your mortgage closing to be delayed. It is essential that you inform your lender of any change in your income, debts or employment. Any changes in these areas may result in a potential loan denial. Informing you loan officer of these changes may allow to them to either advise you prior to making these changes, or allow them to make the appropriate changes to your loan or loan type so you still receive an approval.