Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to Get Preapproved for a Home Loan

Introduction

Having a preapproved loan will put you at the top of the list when presenting an offer.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need

Steps

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Step One

Call lenders and compare their loan programs and rates.
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Step Two

Select a loan program that best suits your personal and financial needs. Consider such things as how long you plan on living in a home or if your income will be increasing significantly in the coming years.
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Step Three

Provide your lender with the copies of the following information: most recent two years' W-2 forms; most recent month's pay stubs; the last two years' federal tax returns; your purchase agreement (if you already have it); profit and loss statements (if you're self-employed); most recent two years' corporate returns (if you own a corporation); your last three months' bank statements on all accounts (to verify down payment); bankruptcy papers (if applicable); and a completed loan application.
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Step Four

Wait. The loan process from start to loan approval for a typical loan transaction will take anywhere from one and a half to three weeks, depending on the particulars of your transaction and your lender.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your lender may ask you to provide further information such as additional bank statements, pay stubs and other documents, especially if you're self-employed or have an unusual situation.
  • If you're divorced, the lender may need to see a copy of your divorce papers.
  • Depending on the lender, you may be required to pay an up-front fee for processing, application or appraisal. Shop around. Ask if fees are refundable if you don't complete the transaction.

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