Prepare Paperwork for Your Santa Cruz Real Estate Purchase

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

The process of buying a new home is daunting enough without having to track down all the various paperwork necessary at the last minute. Don’t endure extra stress! Get your paperwork together early, so that you can feel piece of mind when purchasing Santa Cruz real estate.

You should have the list of documents below in hand before you make an offer on a home. This will ensure the purchase process is as quick as possible. Every mortgage lender’s requirements can be different, so double-check with yours for a comprehensive list.

• ID – This might seem like a no-brainer to most people, but just make sure you have official identification.

• Pay stubs - Your lender will want proof that you’re still earning an income, so inquire about how many months worth they’ll want you to provide.

• Gift letter - If someone else is helping you with your down payment, the mortgage lender will want to know if you’re receiving a gift or a loan. If someone else is loaning you money, your lender will want to take that debt into account before approving your mortgage.

• Tax returns - Your lender is going to want almost any financial document you can think of. Bring at least the last two years of tax records to be on the safe side.

• Bank account statements – Bring at least the statements from the most recent two months, especially if the bank where your accounts are is not your mortgage provider. Also bring any other financially-related paperwork — that includes proof of child-support or alimony payments.

• Divorce decree - Especially if it’s recent, you’ll want to be able to prove that you’re no longer responsible for your ex’s debts. 

In short, if you receive anything at all in the mail regarding your personal finances, make copies and bring them with you when you’re seeking mortgage approval. You never know what the bank will ask for, so try to have everything.

If you want to learn more about preparing Santa Cruz real estate purchasing paperwork, I can help.   Call me today at 831-662-6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.

For more information, please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com

About Lauren Spencer

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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