What Are The Steps In Mortgage Process

Steps In Mortgage Process Explained

Home Buyers looking to purchase a new home or homeowners looking to refinance their current home loans need to go through steps in mortgage process. The first steps in mortgage process is the pre-approval stage. The pre-approval stage is by far the most important process of the whole overall mortgage loan application and mortgage loan approval process. The main reason why mortgage loans get denied at the last minute or there are so much stress in mortgage process is because the mortgage loan officer did not due his or her due diligence in qualifying the mortgage loan borrower and did not issue a solid pre-approval letter. Unfortunately, there are loan officers who issue pre-approval letters without thoroughly reviewing the borrower’s tax returns and looking at the unreimbursed expenses the borrower has deducted off their gross income or did not thoroughly review the borrower’s credit report. Just taking the borrower’s word on how much they make and just checking if the borrower meets the minimum credit score requirements is not enough data to issue a solid pre-approval.

Steps In Mortgage Process: Mortgage Application

Once a person decided in purchasing a home, in order to go shopping for houses, they need a pre-approval letter from a mortgage loan originator. The borrower needs to complete a four page mortgage loan application, called the 1003, and submit several mortgage documents such as two years tax returns, two years W-2s, 30 days paycheck stubs, and other documents that may apply to them. The mortgage loan originator will carefully analyze the borrower’s two years tax returns and go off the adjusted gross income after all expense adjustments in order to calculate the borrower’s debt to income ratios. The loan officer will also need to carefully review the borrowers credit scores and credit payment history and review the whole credit report. Special attention that a loan officer needs to check are derogatory information reported on the credit report such as outstanding collection accounts, judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, charge offs, credit disputes, and any public records. Once the loan officer feels confident that the borrower meets all mortgage lending guidelines, a solid pre-approval letter will be issued.

Steps In Mortgage Process: Processing And Underwriting

Once a home buyer gets a solid pre-approval letter, that pre-approval letter is the ticket to go and shop for a home. Once the home buyer chooses a home, he or she will enter into a real estate purchase contract. Once the loan officer gets the executed real estate purchase contract, the mortgage loan gets registered and the disclosures gets sent out, including the Loan Estimate , which replaced the old Good Faith Estimate . Once the mortgage borrower receives the mortgage loan disclosures and signs the wet docs, the mortgage file will get assigned to a mortgage loan processor . The mortgage processor’s job is to get all of the proper documents together and get the file ready for the mortgage loan underwriter . The mortgage underwriter is the person who reviews the mortgage loan package and determines whether the mortgage loan borrower gets a mortgage loan approval or denial. If the mortgage loan underwriter feels comfortable with the mortgage loan package and feels the borrower meets all mortgage lending guidelines and all of the lender overlays, he or she will then issue a conditional mortgage loan approval .

Steps In Mortgage Process: Clear To Close

Once a mortgage loan borrower gets a conditional mortgage loan approval, the next step in mortgage process is to get all the conditions to get a clear to close . A clear to close is when the mortgage loan underwriter has signed off on all conditions and in many cases, an underwriting manager has reviewed the file and gave the mortgage underwriter his or her blessings. Clear To Close means that the mortgage lender is ready to send docs out to the title company and send the funds via wire to fund the mortgage loan.

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