6 Steps in the Home Buying Process

Homeownership can be an involved process, The Tuttle Group is proactive in keeping you up-to-date and helping you every step for home buyers.  Below are the six key phases of the financial process you’ll go through on your path towards becoming a homeowner.

Loan Consultation Dallas - The Tuttle Group

Contact us and we will schedule a consultation (by phone or in person at our office). We will discuss your homeownership goals, including:

  • How long you plan on living in the home
  • The amount of down payment you will need
  • How much you want your monthly payments to be

Each of these will factor into how we approach your loan needs.

Loan Pre-qualification Dallas - The Tuttle Group

A pre-qualification determines how much money you will be eligible to borrow before you actually apply for a loan. It is very important to understand that a pre-qualification does not guarantee a loan. During this step, we gather your financial information and make a conditional determination about your qualifications.

Below is a list of the paperwork needed to get started with a home mortgage

  • Residence information for past two years
  • Most recent two months pay stubs
  • Employment history for past two years
  • W-2 forms for past two years
  • Source of down payment (if applicable)
  • If self-employed, two years federal tax returns
  • All bank, 401(k) and stock statements for past two years

*A pre-qualification is not an approval of credit and does not signify that underwriting requirements have been met.

Loan Processing Dallas - The Tuttle Group

After you have completed a loan application, your mortgage professional collects all required documents and submits your loan file to the loan processor. The processor reviews your file and orders your property appraisal. Depending on your situation, the processor may need additional documentation during this step. Once your loan file is completed, the processor submits it to underwriting for approval.

Underwriting - The Tuttle Group

The underwriter reviews your loan file to ensure all guidelines are met for the specific loan program and issues a loan decision. Once your mortgage has been approved and all conditions have been cleared, your loan is moved to “Clear to Close” status.

Loan Pre-closing Dallas - The Tuttle Group

You will receive a loan commitment letter which contains the details of your loan including:

  • Loan percentage rate
  • Amount and term length
  • Any outstanding conditions to be addressed

Once everything is cleared by the underwriter, our closing department will complete your final documents.

Loan Closing Dallas - The Tuttle Group

During closing, you will sign a variety of final documents. Be sure to bring a photo ID along with the proper form of payment to cover your down payment, closing costs, prepaid interest, taxes, insurance or any additional costs.

After the closing documents are completed and all funds have been disbursed, you will receive the keys to your new home!

The Tuttle Group helps you to buy first home and also make the home loan process as simple as possible by guiding you every step of the way – from initial consultation, to application, to closing, and beyond. We also provide you with regular updates to keep you informed on the status of your loan throughout the entire process. You’ll be notified weekly with status updates and be contacted immediately regarding significant milestones as well as any changes. Ready? Start the home loan process today.

Find the Right Loan for You

There are many types of loans available and understanding mortgage options can be complicated. Whether you’re a first time home buyer, looking to refinance, self-employed, military veteran, or public servant- The Tuttle Group is here to help. We’re experienced in working with people who have unique loan situations and we will help you figure out the loan program best for you.

Resources & Tools

We’ve compiled a variety of resources to help borrowers of all types make sense of the process. And when you’re ready to get started, our team is here to help.

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If you’re ready to start the process or starting to think about a new home loan, fill out our quick form to get started. We’ll help answer any questions and let you know what to expect. If you’re ready to get started, we’ll do that too. Just fill out our quick form and we’ll be in touch soon.

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