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Get Organized Before Applying For A Mortgage

If you are thinking about buying a home this information is priceless. Before you start your home search you need to know the following.

  • Will you qualify for a mortgage?
  • How much of a mortgage do you qualify for?

George Souto of McCue Mortgage here in Connecticut has laid it out for you about what you need in order to find out if you qualify for a mortgage. Gather your documents up, talk to a mortgage professional, THEN start your home search.

If you are in Litchfield County and thinking it just might be time for you to buy a house, give me a call. I can give you the names of a few mortgage people to contact (including George!). Then we can go out and look for your new home!

What should be one of the simplest steps in purchasing a house sometimes turns into one of the biggest problems.  When I Pre-Qualify someone for a loan, I tell them that they need to start organizing the documents that they will need, especially if they plan on purchasing soon.  I then go over the list of documents that they will need for the type of loan that they will most likely be applying for.  Some documents may differ based on the Loan Program, but there are some documents that are needed regardless of the Loan Program, such as:


  • One month of paystubs
  • W2’s for the past two years
  • Bank statements, 1 month for conventional loans, and 2 months for FHA

As simple as these documents may seem, they can create delays when a Borrower does not listen to my advice, and does not start to comply them right away. 


I am always amazed at how many people do not keep their paystubs and bank statements.  Bank statements we can get around by just having the Borrower go to their bank and getting a bank printout of their account, but paystubs are a different matter.  If they do not keep their paystubs, and cannot get duplicate ones from work, then we may end up having to wait a full 30 days for them to acquire them.  That may not be a major issue for someone who has plenty of time to Close, but for someone who has to Close quickly, that could be a big problem.  W2’s can also create delays if we have to wait for duplicates from work, or for the Borrower to get them from their accountant, or IRS.


Other documents that are commonly needed with some loan programs that Borrowers don’t always have handy, and could slow down the loan approval process down are:


  • 2-3 years Tax Returns needed for:
    • Self-Employed Borrowers
    • CHFA Loans
  • Gift money documentation:
    • Copy of Gift Check
    • Proof of withdrawal
    • Proof of deposit
  • Divorce Decree:
    • Proof of receipt of Alimony/Child Support payments
  • Bankruptcy documentation
  • Certificate of Eligibility (VA Loans)

There are other documents that are sometimes needed, but these are the most common.


Buying a house can be a very stressful process, but much of the stress can be eliminated if the Borrower follows the advice of the Real Estate professionals that they are working with.  A little time spent on preparation and planning, can sometimes save many hours of delays, and stress during the Home Purchasing Process.




Who To Call For Your Mortgage Needs In Connecticut:

George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308, or visit my McCue Mortgage Homepage. 

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor


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Comment balloon 7 commentsAndrea Swiedler • August 30 2011 05:54AM


Excellent advice for every home borrower to study, digest, implement.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Andy, George is always spot on with his advice, I had to reblog!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea what a great job George did with his article. It is more important than ever to be organized with a lender.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 7 years ago

Bill, George is great, and his information is spot on! I can't tell people enough to get with a good lender first, get your ducks in a row. Buying a home these days is hard enough, not being prepared can spell disaster.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea, glad you found the blog worthy of re-blogging.

If I Pre-Qualify anyone out your way, I will give them your number :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Excellent tips on getting ready to apply for a mortgage.  Otherwise, pressure is applied when these things are taken care of last minute.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Very good selection for a re-blog.  Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago