How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

In a competitive market, it pays to be pre-approved.

We strongly encourage our customers (as well as our friends and family!) to get pre-approved before they start house hunting.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you will need to provide some personal and financial information to your Loan Officer.

Here are some of the things you will need to have.

  • Proof of income: You will need to provide proof of your income, which can include recent pay stubs, W2s & tax returns.
  • Employment verification: The lender may need to verify your employment, so you will need to provide contact information for your employer.
  • Credit score: Your credit score is an important factor in the mortgage pre-approval process. You can get a free credit report from one of the major credit bureaus, Equifax, TransUnion or Experian, to check your credit score before you apply.
  • Debt-to-income ratio: Lenders will want to know your debt-to-income ratio, which is the amount of debt you have compared to your income. You will need to provide information on any outstanding debts, such as credit card balances or car loans.
  • Down payment and closing costs: You may need to have some money saved for a down payment on the house you want to buy. The amount of the down payment will depend on the price of the house and the loan program that’s best for your unique situation. Some programs do not require a down payment, but you may still be responsible for covering closing costs.
  • Identification: You will need to provide a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Once you have provided all the necessary information, your Loan Officer will review your application and let you know if you are pre-approved for a mortgage.

After you have your pre-approval letter in hand, and you know how much you can afford to spend on a home, let the house hunting begin!