Why Get Pre-Qualified?
Mortgage Loan Documents Checklist –
14 Documents you need when you apply for a mortgage loan
*W2’s from current and past employers
*Pay check stubs Bank Statements
*Last 2 years tax returns
*Gift letter (if using gift funds)
*List of your debts
*List of all your assets
*Proof of timely rental payments
*Profit and loss statements
*Proof of additional income
*Divorcee decree (if applies)
*Bankruptcy paperwork (if applies)
1. Pre-qualification acts as a dry run of the loan application process. The mortgage lender will use details you provide about your credit, income, assets and debts to arrive at an estimate of how much mortgage you can afford. The whole process may take only minutes or a few hours at most, and is free.
2. While a "pre-qual" is non-binding to the lender (because the information you provide has not been verified), it does serve as a good indication to potential sellers of your general creditworthiness.
3. These days most sellers will NOT accept an offer without at least a pre-approval letter, so if you are serious about buying this is the first step towards getting you in your new home.