Mortgage Application Checklist
The following is a helpful checklist of items you’ll need when you apply for a loan. Also, check out this great tutorial on applying for a home loan, and read more about home loans here.
- Copies of W-2s for the past two years;
- Copies of the two most recent consecutive pay stubs showing year-to-date earnings;
- Copies of checking and saving account statements for past three months (all pages);
- Copies of quarterly or semi-annual statements for checking, savings, IRAs, CDs, money market funds, stocks, 401k, profit sharing, etc.;
- Copy of sales contract when ratified;
- Employment history for the previous two years (address any gaps of employment);
- Residency history during the past two years, with name, phone number, address and account number of land or mortgage company; for rental property, copies of leases;
- Canceled earnest money check when it clears or corresponding bank statement, if applicable;
- Commissioned income – if 25% or more of base, must have tax returns;
- Check for the expense of appraisal and credit report;
- Refinance copy of note, deed of trust, settlement statement, survey and insurance information;
- Any assets used for down payment, closing costs and cash reserves must be documented by a paper trail;
- If paid off mortgage in the past two years, need copies of HUD1;
- Copy of driver’s license for applicant and co-applicant;
- Copies of your past two years’ tax returns;
- Copy of Social Security Card for each applicant and co-applicant.
- Copies of your past two years’ tax returns (with all schedules, including K-I’s if applicable);
- Copy of current profit and loss statement and balance sheet;
- Copy of corporate/partnership tax returns for last two years if owning 25% or more of company plus copies of W-2s and/or 1099 forms.
Documents that may be required
- Relocation agreement if move is financed by employer (i.e. buyout agreement plus documentation outlining company-paid closing costs benefits);
- If you’ve had a previous bankruptcy, bring copies of petition for bankruptcy and discharge, including supporting schedules;
- Divorce decree (if applicable);
- Documentation supporting monies received from Social Security/retirement trust income, i.e. copies of direct deposit bank statements, awards letter or evidence income will continue.
Documents needed for FHA/VA loans
- FHA: Copy of Social Security Card and driver’s license for each applicant and co-applicants;
- VA: Original certificate of eligibility and copy of DD214 discharge paper;
- VA: Name and address of nearest living relative.