Why Is There So Much Paperwork to Sign to Get a Mortgage?

We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the lender needs to know everything about the borrower and requires separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form.

Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was a hundred times easier when they bought their home ten to twenty years ago.

There are two very good reasons that the loan process is much more onerous on today’s buyer than perhaps any time in history.

1. The government has set new guidelines that now demand that the Lender to prove beyond any doubt that you are indeed capable of affording the mortgage.   This mandate is called:  Ability to Repay.

During the run-up in the housing market, many people ‘qualified’ for mortgages that they could never pay back. This led to millions of families losing their home. The government wants to make sure this can’t happen again.

2. Lenders do not want to be in the real estate business.

Over the last seven years, banks were forced to take on the responsibility of liquidating millions of foreclosures and also negotiating another million plus short sales. Just like the government, they don’t want more foreclosures. For that reason, they need to double (maybe even triple) check everything on the application.

However, there is some good news in the situation.

The housing crash that mandated that lenders to be extremely strict on paperwork requirements also allows you to get a mortgage interest rates that continue to be the lowest it has been in decades, as  reported rate from Freddie Mac.

The friends and family who bought homes ten or twenty years ago experienced a simpler mortgage application process but also paid a higher interest rate (the average 30 year fixed rate mortgage was 8.12% in the 1990’s and 6.29% in the 2000’s).

So now that you have a better understanding of why Is There So Much Paperwork to Sign to Get a Mortgage, you can make decisions of how you would like to proceed.

 

Bottom Line

When you are ready to start the home-buying process, choose a Lender that will allow you to obtain Buyer Credit Approval.  All of your paperwork can be collected upfront while you acquire the ability to be highly negotiable in the marketplace.  Sellers love buyers that have Buyer Credit Approval.  Ask your Lender if they participate with Protect Your Transaction.  Learn how you can obtain up to $10,000 in Home-Buying protection.

 

Karen Jones is a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer (NMLS 307015) serving Arizona and California.   As a Banker of over 39 years, she is dedicated in ensuring that her clients are well educated and prepared for their new home purchase.  Contact Home Loan Officer, Karen Jones when you are ready to learn more about your home loan financing options in Arizona or California.

 

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