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    Chesterfield County Real Estate: Tips on Making a Good Impression to Your Lender

    Posted By @ Nov 12th 2011 10:15pm In: Blog Posts by Mike May

    Trying to get a loan for Chesterfield county real estate? Although good credit and a steady job are a huge benefit when you are trying to get approved for a home loan, these days it may not be enough.  You also need to make an impression. 

    Today’s lenders are a picky bunch when it comes to the loan approval.  Even well-qualified borrowers are expected to jump through some pretty high hoops to qualify for financing.

    Have no fear. The tips below and suggestions can help you make the best possible impression on the lender of your choice.

    Just as job hunters may wonder what top employers want to see on a resume, prospective borrowers may be curious about what lenders look for on a loan application.

    The four C’s

    The answer may be summed up with a mnemonic called “The four C’s,”

    •    Capacity, which refers to the adequacy of the borrower’s income to cover the interest and principal due on the loan, plus property taxes and homeowners insurance.
    •    Character, which refers to the borrower’s track record of paying debts, as evidenced by his or her credit history and credit score.
    •    Capital, which refers to the borrower’s down payment (or equity) as a percentage of the current value of the home.
    •    Collateral, which refers to the safety and soundness of the home and the value of the home as determined by an appraisal relative to the agreed-upon purchase price.
    Today’s mortgage broker might use a quadrant with “income,” “credit,” “assets” and “property” in the four corners, but his point is the same as that of the four C’s:  What lenders like to see is strength and stability in all four areas.
    Maybe your credit score has some dings or you need a stated-income loan.  Borrowers who are qualified but whose down payment will be less than 20% of the purchase price of the Chesterfield county real estate must withstand a second level of scrutiny. That’s because mortgage insurers also have to approve such loans, and they have “completely different qualification ratios”. Borrowers in this situation should discuss their options with a loan officer who is familiar with lenders’ and insurers’ guidelines.

    Have paperwork in order

    Lenders rely not on the borrower’s say-so but on a pile of paperwork to verify and document the borrower’s financial position. At a minimum, most borrowers are required to submit the following:
    •    One month of paycheck stubs.
    •    Two years of W-2 forms.
    •    Three months of bank account statements.

    Additional paperwork also may be required:
    •    If you’re self-employed or earn more than 25% of your income from commissions or bonuses, you’ll need to hand over two years of income tax returns.
    •    If you’re divorced, the lender will want a copy of your settlement to ascertain how much alimony or child support you’re obligated to pay or are entitled to receive and the duration of those payments.
    •    If you’ve filed for bankruptcy protection within the past seven years, you’ll need to show your bankruptcy papers.
    •    If you’ve deferred repayment of student loans, you should provide your deferral agreement as well.

    Another great thing to help some people qualify for a home loan is their student loans. If the borrower has a student loan that is going to be deferred for at least 12 months, that could help them qualify.  Be sure to take your account numbers for those loans in with you when applying for your Petersburg home mortgage.  They are counted as debt, but deferral of repayment can strengthen your application.

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