Qualifying for a Mortgage

When we’re ready to make an offer on a property, a pre-approval letter from a mortgage lender must accompany it. Therefore, it is important to start this process first, even before looking at properties. A second benefit is that the buyer will know beforehand exactly what they’re qualified to buy, what issues might need to be addressed, what items will be needed when applying for the loan, etc.

We’re lucky at Re/Max of Newport to have an experienced and respected in-house loan officer. Tom McSparren has helped make homeownership a reality for many of my clients and has over 30 years of experience in the mortgage business. He can be reached at TMcSparren@Majesticmtg.com or at 401-527-1756.

The loan officer will give you a Good Faith Estimate of your closing costs involved with the financing. There are recurring costs you pay as part of your monthly mortgage payment including homeowners’ insurance and property taxes (the monthly payment consists of Principal, Interest, Taxes and Insurance–PITI). There are one-time closing fees that you pay such as the appraisal fee, points (the more points, the lower the interest rate), credit report fee, underwriting fee, attorney’s fee, title insurance. survey deletion fee and further one-time closing costs.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to deduct some of these costs at tax time? It can be done…be sure to consult your tax advisor at tax time and let him know you’ve purchased a new home.

Loan documents needed upon application:

1. Photo ID

2. W2 Employees Borrowers:

· Last 2 years of W-2′s
· 1 Month Recent Pay Stubs

Self-Employed Borrowers:

· Two years tax returns with Schedule C (Personal and Business)
· 2 year’s complete and signed 1040′s
· YTD Profit and Loss statement.

3. Liquid Assets (Checking, Savings, and Investment Accounts)

· 2 Months Bank Statements for all accounts (Please ensure that all pages are included)
· Please provide statements for: 401K, Profit Sharing, Stocks, Bonds etc.

4. Property Owners:

· If you own rental property, please provide rental agreements and two years tax returns.
· Mortgage statement for all property owned

Next Step Towards Your New Home

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Re/Max Professionals of Newport


55 Memorial Blvd, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND 02840