How to Prepare When Applying For a Mortgage

When you decide to apply for a mortgage, it can be an intimidating process. You will want to make sure you are as prepared as possible before submitting your application. Here are some tips on how to ensure that you have everything ready before applying for a mortgage.

Check Your Credit Score

Your credit score is one of the most important factors when deciding if you will qualify for a loan. Lenders use this information to gauge your financial responsibility and ability to make payments on time. Before applying for a loan, you should check your credit score to get an understanding of where you stand financially. Once you have reviewed the report, try and repair any bad credit by paying off past debts or disputing any errors that may appear on the report.

Gather Financial Documents


Depending on the type of loans and lenders, there may be different documents asked of you in order for them to make a decision about approving your loan. Common documents asked include pay stubs, bank statements or tax returns from previous years. Make sure all these documents are up-to-date so they can confirm your income and other financial information accurately.

Calculate Your Debt To Income Ratio (DTI)

Lenders will also look at your debt-to-income ratio when deciding if they should approve your loan request or not. Your DTI ratio is calculated by dividing total monthly debt payments by gross monthly income; it’s important you stay within the maximum ratios set by lenders when preparing for a mortgage application. However, even if your DTI ratio is too high, don’t let this discourage you from applying as there are options available that take into account extenuating circumstances such as unemployment or large medical bills etc.

Have A Down Payment Ready

Getting approved for a loan with no money down is possible but requires more stringent guidelines than those with some money down already set aside; having a down payment demonstrates that you have saved up money and are able to contribute something towards the purchase of the home which banks find favourable when assessing risks of defaulting on payments. A good rule of thumb is to try and aim for around 20% of the purchase price being able to be paid upfront in cash before applying for the loan so that it covers closing costs and other expenses associated with buying a house like land transfer taxes etc.

Shop Around For Rates And Terms

As every lender has their own unique set of criteria, shop around and compare rates and terms offered by each institution in order to find one that fits best with what kind of financing package is right for you given budget and goals e.g., fixed versus variable interest rate options how long term length would need to be etc. Only after researching thoroughly should commit to signing any contract lock yourself into anything permanent until absolutely certain agree upon terms and conditions both parties involved have come to an understanding and an agreement has been reached which could potentially save thousands of dollars over the course of the repayment period. So worth the time and effort put into doing the due diligence now and potentially reap rewards later down the road once satisfied and found the perfect fit for your situation.


Applying for a mortgage can be daunting, but if you’re well-prepared and have done your research into Jones & Young, the process will go much smoother. They can help you find the best loan for your situation and make sure that you understand all of the terms and conditions involved. Doing your due diligence now could save you thousands in the long run, so it’s well worth taking the time to prepare before applying for a mortgage. Good luck!


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