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Documents You Need When Buying a House



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By : Vicki Hat    99 or more times read
Documents are important in all types of financial transaction. Especially in home buying, you have to secure several papers before engaging in such expenditure. Documents are required in home buying must be presented to prove your ability to pay. Lenders are the primary users and they certainly want to get their hands on it before they decide to approve your mortgage applications.

You really have to prepare them beforehand. This is the smartest thing to do. Making sure you have all the necessary documents before any loan application or purchase offer is made will facilitate smoothness of transaction. It also lessens the chances of being rejected; hence, avoiding delays in your dream of becoming a homeowner.

To help you out, here is the list of documents needed in home buying:

  1. Your income statement as prepared by the employer. At least 2 years data must be presented for the lender to evaluate.

  2. Your pay slips from the last 2 paydays shall be photocopied and submitted.

  3. Tax returns filed for the past 2 years should have copies. The copy made should have your signature affixed.

  4. Bank account statements reflecting the past 2 months activity will also be needed.

  5. Statements for your assets like bonds, stocks, mutual funds, etc. It must also be given to the lenders to be included for evaluation.

  6. Valid Identifications are also needed for proper identification. Commonly a driver’s license is required. Therefore, have this photocopied before applying for loans.

  7. Copy of the earnest money check for accounting purposes.

There may be times when mortgage application is not the only concern. Sometimes the challenge lies on getting the seller to accept your offer. If this is the case, there may be some documents that could help you get in the good side of the seller. For one, you need a purchase offer. The purchase offer is not some just letter of intent to buy the property. It should contain your terms to buy the property. They should be made reasonably. Pay attention to the offer price in particular. You should make an offer price that is within the range of the comparables prices. It is important that you make a good offer because this is how the seller will gauge you as a buyer.

Another way to further convince the seller that you are serious in buying the house is to present a pre-qualification letter. Or you can provide them a pre-approval letter, which is a better document to present for you to prove your capacity to buy the property.

The documents mentioned above paint a good picture of what you are as a buyer and a borrower. Lenders need to ascertain how risky you are as a borrower and the only way for them to know is to gather the data from your various financial documents.

If you want to fulfill you dream of owning a home, buy a property now. And to make this even more possible, prepare the documents needed for home buying. Do this before you apply for loans.


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