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The Home Buying Process... Who Pays What? | Checklist for Loan Application | Components of a Mortgage Payment | The Loan Process | Shopping For A Lender | Getting Pre-Approved | The Inspection Process | Physical Inspection | Calculating Tax Savings


The Application
The key to the loan process going smoothly is the initial interview. At this time, the lender obtains all pertinent documentation so unnecessary problems and delays may be avoided. Various fees and down payments are discussed at this time and the borrower will receive a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and a Truth-in-lending statement (TIL) within three days which itemizes the rates and associated costs for obtaining the loan.

Ordering Documentation
If the lender has not already done so in the pre-qualification stage, he will order a credit report, verifications of employment and funds to close, mortgage or landlord ratings, a preliminary title report and any other necessary supporting documentation. Once your inspections are completed, the lender will order an appraisal on the property. The cost to you is approximately $350 for a single family home, more for multiple units. The credit report is usually around $50 per person or married couple.

Awaiting Documentation
Within one to two weeks, the lender receives the supporting documentation from your employer, landlord and banks. As it comes in, the documentation is checked for any irregularities, and any additional items needed are requested.

Loan Submission
Once all the necessary documentation is in, the loan processor puts the loan package together, your loan agent prepares a cover letter, and your completed file is submitted to a lender for approval.

Loan Approval (Underwriting)
Loan approval, or underwriting, generally takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, and it can take slightly longer if mortgage insurance is required. "Mortgage insurance underwriting" occurs when the borrower has less than 20 percent of the loan amount to put towards a down payment. All parties are notified of the approval and any loan conditions that must be received before the loan can close. You may then remove your financing contingency.

Documents Are Drawn
Within one to three days after loan approval, the lender prepares your loan documents (including the note and deed of trust), which are sent to the title company. The escrow officer will call you to set up an appointment when the papers are ready for your final signature. At this time, you will be told how much money you will need to bring in to close the loan. Kieep in mind that you will need to bring a cashier's check.

Once all parites have signed the loan documents, they are returned to the lender, and the package is reviewed. If all the forms have been properly executed, the lender sends the loan funds by wire transfer. At this point the escrow is ready to close. The deed is recorded, and you get the keys to your new home.

Barbara Hendrickson

Phone: 510-708-3800

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