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Mortgage Documentation

When you are at the stage where you are ready to apply for a principal mortgage on your new home, it is also time to gather your required documentation. A mortgage is a big commitment for both you and the lender.

That’s why the lender requires a large amount of documentation for such a loan. Individual lenders require different documentation. However, there are certain documents that are required as a matter of course by most lenders.

Here is a list of some documents you are very likely to need when applying:
• Fees for application, appraisal, and credit report.
• Contract of sale featuring both seller and buyer signatures.
• Social Security numbers of all parties to be named on the mortgage.
• Two years worth of past addresses, including landlord names and addresses for rental properties.
• List of employers for last two years, including names and addresses.
• Records of last two years income.
• Copies of recent W-2 forms
• Copy of most recent pay stub
• Relevant information, including name, address, phone number, and monthly payment amount for all debts, including auto loans, student loans, credit cards, mortgage loans, and other installment loans.
• Deposit account names, addresses, phone numbers, and balances
• Three months statements for these deposit accounts.
• Proof of payment for child support or alimony (if applicable)

Other requirements include a certificate of eligibility for VA loans, and two years of income tax returns for individuals who are self-employed. If you own additional properties, you should also include their addresses, the amount of debt you owe on the properties, related tax returns, and a lease agreement if you are renting the properties.

If you have a bankruptcy in your history, you will want to include a copy of the petition and discharge, along with a hand-written not explaining the reason for the bankruptcy. Evidence of excellent credit following the bankruptcy is also usually greatly appreciated.


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