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The 5 Most Common Mistakes That Lead to Mortgage Delays

By Sari R. Updated on 7/20/2017

Play it safe, and make sure you avoid these five mortgage mistakes to avoid delays whenever possible:

#1: Leaving Out Financial Details.

Your lender will review your financial information in detail with you to make sure no pieces of the puzzle are missing. Yes, your lender will go through and fill out everything before the mortgage is turned in, but you can speed up the process by providing as many financial details as possible.  

#2: Missing Documentation.

When you apply for a loan, your lender will ask you for a particular set of documentation, including (but not limited to): 

  • Two years worth of tax returns and W-2s (or year-to-date financial statements if you are self-employed)
  • The previous month's pay stubs
  • Two months of asset account statements
  • Paper trails (detailed explanations) of transactions that exceed $1,000
  • Home insurance quote
  • Financial information for any other homes, businesses, or vehicles you own

Keep in mind that your lender will be running your credit score as part of the mortgage process.  If he finds anything that is concerning throughout this process, s/he will not hesitate to contact you to ask for additional documentation.  

If you do not provide everything upfront, your mortgage will be delayed.

#3: Mistaking Pre-Approval For Approval.

If you have been pre-approved for a mortgage, that is great!  This means that you have done your research and have been "okayed" to buy a home for a certain loan amount.  However, this does not mean you have been pre-approved for a mortgage.  For a pre-approval to officially pass over to a mortgage approval, you will need to have the underwriting approved; you will also need to have a formal written loan commitment.

#4: Not Detailing Home Offer Details With the Lender.

When you buy your new home, the purchase contract will detail financial milestones such as when you need to have loan approval secured by and in how many days you need to close on the home.  

Your lender will need to work directly with your real estate agent to provide these dates; failure to share the details with your lender can cause you to lose the home.

#5: Not Understanding Rates.

When your offer is accepted, you need to understand that you are locked into that specific rate for the duration of your mortgage.  Rates change and fluctuate depending on the state of the market and are priced on how long they are locked into the contract.  Ask your lender to give you a rate quote based on exactly when you will be closing on your home.  

Make sure your lender is accounting for the possibility of a higher home rate so that you can still qualify for the home if rates change during the home buying process.

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About The Author:
Sari R.
Sari R. is a mortgage editor for Lender411com. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Screenwriting and Public Relations/Advertising from Chapman University. She can be reached at sarelyn@lender411com.

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