Avoiding Mortgage Closing Delays And Closing On Time

This BLOG Avoiding Mortgage Closing Delays And Closing On Time Was UPDATED On July 29, 2017

Mortgage Closing Delays are sometimes unavoidable but there are things that can be done to avoid mortgage closing delays.

  • The first step mortgage applicants do when they apply for a mortgage is complete a mortgage application which is also called the 1003. 
  • It is a 4 page application and it will ask borrower’s income, asset, debt, and liability information. 
  • One of the most simplest things in avoiding mortgage closing delays is to complete the mortgage application as accurate and as detailed as possible. 
  • Every line item on the mortgage application will be verified by the mortgage underwriter.
  • If there are any discrepancies, the mortgage underwriter will ask for a detailed letter of explanation. 
  • Letters of explanations at the last minute is one of the major causes of mortgage closing delays.

Provide Requested Docs First Time Around

There are over a dozen line items that mortgage loan originator will request by borrowers.

  • The following items will be requested from mortgage loan applicants. 
  • Make sure to provide complete documents and all pages. 
  • Even if the pages are blank, include the blank pages. 
  • Borrowers with prior bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, short sale will be asked to provide for paperwork including blank pages. 
  • Borrowers with prior divorce and/or child support need to provide documentation.

Other Documents Required To Process Loan

Lenders will require a list of documents from borrowers. One of the biggest reasons for mortgage closing delays is submitting files to mortgage underwriters that is not complete. If a mortgage underwriter sees incomplete files, they will suspend the file and kick it back to the mortgage processor and the underwriting process gets delayed.

Here are the important documents that are required:

  • Two months bank statements. 
  • Both checking and savings bank statements.  ‘
  • Mortgage loan applicants who do not have current bank statements, get a transaction state from a bank teller and get it dated, signed, and/or stamped. 
  • Mortgage borrowers who submitted transaction statements that has not been signed, dated, and/or stamped, it will get kicked back and will cause mortgage closing delays.
  • Two years tax returns and W-2s for salaried or hourly workers. 
  • Self employed borrower need to provide two years tax returns, year to date profit and loss statements, and current balance sheet for self employed mortgage loan borrowers. 
  • Page 2 of the tax returns must be signed by customer and tax preparer if prepared by an accountant. 
  • All pages of tax returns are required even blank pages. 
  • Failure to submit blank pages will cause mortgage closing delays.
  • We will need the Mortgage, Note, and/or Riders for existing mortgage on property owned by the mortgage loan borrower. 
  • All pages are required even blank pages.
  • The two most recent pay check stubs covering 30 days.
  • Copy of homeowners insurance, especially the declaration page and name, address, phone, email address of insurance agent.
  • Divorce decree if divorced and alimony agreement and child support documents if applicable.  Make sure you include all blank pages.
  • 401k, profit sharing statements, and/or pension fund statements. 
  • Again, make sure to include all blank statements.
  • Stock, bond, and securities statements.
  • Driver’s license and social security copies to satisfy Patriot Act requirement.
  • Copies of real estate purchase contract along with all addendum and riders. 
  • If it is a condominium, include the contact of the association.
  • Copy of social security and pension award letter if applicable.
  • Mortgage Applicants who rent and can provide rental verification need to provide proof of 12 months worth of cancelled checks.
  • If rent is paid online from bank account, we need 12 months of bank statement showing rental payments.

Avoiding Mortgage Closing Delays

There is no reason why borrowers should get a last minute mortgage loan denial or closings should be delayed. The only reason for mortgage denials or stress in the mortgage process is because the borrower was not properly qualified and/or mortgage documents were not properly processed.

Here are ways of avoiding delays in mortgage closings:

  • Loan Officer should make sure there are no credit disputes
  • Credit Disputes in the mortgage process is not allowed with the exception of medical disputes and non-medical disputes with zero balance
  • Non-Medical disputes with under $1,000 in outstanding balances are exempt from credit disputes
  • Make sure that borrowers do not have any public records outstanding that is not reporting on credit report
  • Lenders will do a third party national public records search so any public records like judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, short sales, deed in lieu of foreclosure will get discovered
  • Credit Repair companies can often delete public records off credit reports 
  • Deleting late payments, charge offs, collection accounts are not public records so there is no way of lenders and/or creditors finding out about them, but public records will get discovered 
  • Make sure that foreclosures, deed in lieu of foreclosure, short sale dates are properly disclosed

By supplying the requested documents as complete as possible the first time around, mortgage loan borrowers will avoid mortgage closing delays.

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