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The Essential Home Loan Checklist

This indispensable guide ensures you have all the necessary paperwork ready to present to your lender.

What Every Borrower Should Know

Obtaining a home loan is a significant milestone in your journey to homeownership. As you embark on this exciting process, it’s essential to be prepared and organized with the necessary documents. Presenting a complete and accurate documentation package to your lender can streamline the loan application and approval process, making your path to homeownership smoother. To help you navigate this crucial step, we’ve compiled a comprehensive home loan document checklist that every borrower should have at their fingertips:

  1. Personal Identification
  • Government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport) to verify your identity.
  1. Proof of Income:
  • Pay stubs for the past 30 days, showing your year-to-date earnings.
  • W-2 forms for the past two years.
  • If self-employed, provide tax returns and any additional income documentation (e.g., 1099 forms) for the last two years.
  1. Employment Verification:
  • Contact information for your current employer, including name, address, and phone number.
  • Employment history, including previous employers, positions held, and dates of employment.
  1. Financial Statements:
  • Bank statements for the past two to three months, highlighting your assets and cash reserves.
  • Investment account statements (e.g., stocks, bonds, or retirement accounts).
  • Statements for other real estate owned (if applicable).
  1. Credit History:
  • Authorization to pull your credit report to assess your creditworthiness.
  1. Tax Information:
  • Signed IRS Form 4506-T, allowing the lender to obtain your tax transcripts directly from the IRS.
  1. Rental History (if applicable):
  • Contact information for previous landlords or rental management companies.
  • Proof of rental payments for the past 12 months (e.g., canceled checks or bank statements).
  1. Purchase Agreement (if available):
  • Copy of the signed purchase agreement, including any addendums or disclosures.
  1. Gift Letter (if applicable):
  • If part of your down payment comes from a gift, provide a signed gift letter from the donor, stating the amount and that it is a gift, not a loan.
  1. Miscellaneous Documents:
  • Explanation letter for any significant financial events (e.g., job changes, gaps in employment, or credit issues).
  • Divorce decree or child support documentation (if applicable).

By assembling these essential documents in advance, you can demonstrate your financial stability and readiness to the lender. This proactive approach not only expedites the loan approval process but also instills confidence in your ability to handle the responsibilities of homeownership.

Remember, each lender may have specific requirements, so it’s essential to communicate with your loan officer and verify their document needs. With your complete home loan document checklist in hand, you’re well on your way to achieving your dream of becoming a homeowner.