Home Loan Process & Closing On Time

Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process & Closing On Time

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This Article Is About Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process & Closing On Time

Over 75% of our borrowers at Gustan Cho Associates are folks who either gotten a last-minute loan denial by another lender or are stressing during the mortgage process with their current lender. Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process is not difficult. It all starts with a little extra little work during the qualification process by gathering all borrower’s docs and making sure it is complete with no missing pages. The main reason for this is the fact that borrowers were not properly qualified during the pre-qualification and pre-approval process. There is no reason why borrowers who are properly qualified and pre-approved should not close their home loans. Not just close on their mortgage but close their home loan on time.

Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process is very common sense. It all begins with making sure that the proper documents required to process mortgage is complete. There are so many instances where a loan officer turns in a bunch of documents without reviewing it. The processor skims the file over and turns it in for underwriting. The underwriter will not complete underwriting files that are incomplete with missing documents or docs that are not legible. It will get kicked back to processing and the processor will kick it back to the loan officer.

Having complete legible documents is the key to Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process. In this article, we will cover and discuss Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process & Closing On Time.

Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process Starts With Submitting Complete & Legible Docs

Home Loan Process Starts With Submitting Complete & Legible Docs

Below Is A List Of Documents Required To Process Mortgage:

Loan Officers need to thoroughly review the docs below prior to issuing pre-approval. Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process starts by getting the following documents in order, organized, and in PDF Format with no missing pages.

Paycheck Stubs: 

  • Most recent pay stubs covering a full 30 days
  • If borrowers are paid weekly, then need to provide four weeks of paycheck stubs
  • If applicants are paid twice a month or bi-weekly, then provide two or more paycheck stubs so it covers a full 30 days of the pay period
  • So there are no misunderstandings and to make it easier for the loan officer, please make it a point that the loan officer fully understands how borrowers get paid
  • For example, if mortgage applicants receive bonus or commission income, advise the loan officer on the frequency and how long
  • Borrowers who are school teachers, advise the loan officer on the payment schedule over a 12 month period
  • Some teachers may get paid over a 10 month period, 11 month period, or 12 month period

Qualifying income is one of the most important steps in the mortgage process.

Importance Of Bank Statements During The Mortgage Process

Bank Statements: 

  • Borrowers need to provide two months of most recent bank statement for deposit accounts (checking/savings)
  • Borrowers need to provide all pages of the bank statements even if they are blank
  • If it is a transaction history (bank statement printouts) it must be from the bank teller
  • Bank account holders need to tell the bank teller that the lender needs 60 days bank statement printouts
  • Bank tellers will know exactly what to provide for those that tell them that they are applying for a mortgage
  • The bank statement printouts must be signed, dated and stamped by the bank teller
  • Must include the account holder’s name and account number

Actual Bank Statements Versus Bank Printouts

Most lenders prefer the actual bank statements by the bank:

  • Bank statement printouts that have been signed, stamped, and dated by the bank teller is acceptable
  • Transaction reports (bank statement printouts) are common when there are gaps in dates or sourcing funds from a gift

Gift Funds Lending Guidelines

Gift Funds Lending

When a borrower gets Gift Funds for the down payment by a family member, the donor needs to provide 30 days of their bank statement. 

The gift funds were seasoned and show that the exact amount of gift funds withdrawn from their bank account. The recipient of the gift funds (mortgage borrower) needs to provide the bank statement printout showing the deposit of the gift funds, and the deposit slip of the gift funds.

Income Documents Required By Lenders

Tax Returns & W-2s: 

  • All borrowers who are salaried employees and/or hourly employees need to provide two years of tax returns and two years of W2s

Self Employed Borrowers Need YTD Profit/Loss, Current Balance Sheet, Personal & Business Tax Returns, & K- For all self-employed borrowers, we would need the following:

  • Borrowers who are self-employed need to provide two years of tax returns, year to date profit/loss statement, and current balance sheet for self -employed borrowers
  • Page 2 of tax returns must be signed by the borrower and tax preparer/accountant if the tax returns were prepared by an accountant
  • All pages of the tax returns even if they are blank pages are required.
  • Self- employed borrowers need to provide both personal tax returns as well as business returns and K1’s

Homeowners Insurance Contact Information

Homeowners Insurance Contact Information:

  • Home Buyers do not have to pay homeowners insurance but need the declaration page
  • Borrowers need to provide a copy of homeowner’s insurance or the name, address, and phone number of the insurance agent that they will be using

Divorce Decree, Child Support Documents & Birth Certificate Of Children, Alimony Paperwork If Applicable:

For Borrowers who had prior divorce:

  • Borrowers who went through a prior divorce, a copy of your divorce decree, alimony agreement, and child support documentation needs to be provided
  • If the borrower is receiving and/or paying child support, please provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to ensure that there is a 3-year continuance
  • Child support income, alimony income, and other income can be used as qualified income if and only if the child support income will continue for the next three years

Asset Information Required By Underwriters And Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process

Underwriters And Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process

Asset Account Documents:

  • Borrowers need to provide 401K Paperwork, Profit Sharing and/or Pension Fund statements

All pages are required including blank pages:

  • If using these accounts to show proof of funds for the down payment and/or closing costs, please provide terms and conditions for the asset accounts as well as the terms for eligibility to withdraw the funds from these accounts

Liquid Asset Accounts:

Liquid asset accounts such as Securities Investments:

  • Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds and/or Portfolio Investment Accounts, please provide complete statements as well as all pages including blank pages


  • Borrowers need to provide legible copies of front and back of Driver’s License, Social Security card or other forms of identification
  • Borrowers in the United States on a work Visa please provide a copy of the Visa, SS card and passport

Real Estate Purchase Contract :

  • Copies of a fully executed purchase contract with all addendum needed
  • If the purchase is a Condominium or Town Home, please furnish the association name, phone number, and contact person of the Condo Homeowners Association
  • Real Estate Purchase Contracts must be signed by all parties
  • If an earnest money deposit has been given, provide a copy of the canceled check and the bank statement showing the withdrawal coming out of the account

Social Security Awards Letter/ Pension Paperwork:

  • Borrowers who are on Social Security Income, please provide a copy of Social Security award letter if applicable
  • If you are receiving Social Security for children, please provide dates of birth and copy of birth certificates to show 3-year continuance

Letters Of Explanations To Mortgage Underwriters

Letters Of Explanations :

Borrowers will be asked to write letters of explanations throughout the mortgage process on items that the underwriter may need clarification on. Need to provide letters of explanation for credit inquiries in the past 120 days, address variances, collection accounts, judgments, and other out-of-the-ordinary issues that may arise during the mortgage process. Loan officer will go over the request in a letter of explanation. These letters of explanation do not have to be lengthy and usually, one or two sentences will suffice.

For example, for borrowers with multiple credit inquiries on your credit report from mortgage companies, a response to the letter of explanation will be ” Shopping For Mortgage”.. A letter for an explanation for outstanding collection accounts can be ” Was out of work and fell behind due to no income and account went into the collection”. Letters of explanations do not have to belong and your loan officer will often write the letter of explanation for you.

Qualify With Direct Lender With No Overlays And Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process

Gustan Cho Associates are direct lenders with no overlays on government and conventional loans. To qualify please contact us at 800-900-8569 or text us for a faster response. Or email us at gcho@gustancho.com. All secured documents should be sent to:

Secured Email: gcho@gustancho.com. Or apply online www.gustancho.com/apply-now

This BLOG On Avoiding Delays In Home Loan Process Was UPDATED On August 27th, 2021

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