Use this checklist as a tool to help facilitate this process. It outlines the recommended steps to take, but be sure to check with your approved lender to see whether any additional steps are required.

We suggest you print this worksheet, then check each box next to the items you've completed.

Step 1: Work with your lender to provide financing for your home purchase. You can:
Get pre-qualified

Get pre-approved

Step 2: Select a home
Step 3: Get a ratified sales contract on a home
Step 4: Select the type of mortgage you want
Step 5: Select a lender

Step 6: Apply for a mortgage

Complete loan application

Participate in a loan interview. You can do so either over the telephone, online, or in-person
Review the Loan Interview Materials checklist
Within 3 days of loan application, receive good faith estimate
Receive Truth in Lending Disclosure

Loan submitted for final review

Step 7: Closing
Closing agent reviews whether conditions of loan are met
Make final inspection (walk-through) of home
Closing agent sets closing meeting
Sign documents
Documents recorded

Loan Interview Materials Checklist

The following checklist will facilitate your mortgage loan interview. The checklist includes most of the information that you and any co-borrower will need to supply. However, some lenders have slightly different requirements, so you may want to contact your lender before the interview to ensure you bring the correct types of information.

In preparation for your loan interview, review the information below. We suggest you print this worksheet, then check each box after you've gathered the required data.

Social Security Number/Date of Birth

Paycheck
Most recent pay stub that shows year-to-date earnings.

W-2 Tax Forms
Original copies sent to you by the Internal Revenue Service for the past two years.

Employer Information
Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers for the past two years

Account Information
Account numbers and current balances of checking, savings, and any other accounts.

Current Assets
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), CDs, stocks, bonds, etc.

Personal Property
Value of property that can include life insurance, retirement accounts, cars, etc.

Liabilities
Auto loans, student loans, credit cards, and other installment debt -- provide name and address of each creditor and the monthly payment and total amount due.

Current and Previous Addresses
If you own a home: Bring the property address, current market value, mortgage lender name, account number, current monthly mortgage payment, and outstanding mortgage balance.

If you're renting: Bring the property address, name and address of the landlord, current monthly rent, and previous address/landlords if you've lived in your current address for less than two years.

Agreement to Purchase
A signed copy and any amendments, a copy of the listing form for the property, the legal description of the property, and receipts for or down payment deposits.


There may be some special situations that require you to supply additional information. These include:

If you are self-employed or work on a commissioned basis, you should bring your federal tax forms for the past two years and a current year-to-date profit and loss statement.

If you are separated or divorced, you should bring a copy of your divorce decree and separation agreement. Also bring documentation on alimony or child support payments you are required to make or you receive as income. Proof of this income can be the clerk of court's history of payments or canceled checks for the past year.

If you include pension, disability, Social Security, or other public assistance as part of your income, you'll need to bring a copy of an award certificate or a check from the issuing agency.

If you have a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or any judgments against you over the past seven years, you'll need to bring relevant information about the proceedings. Such information includes a copy of the bankruptcy discharge and schedule of both debts and assets. An attorney's letter that discusses the outcome of the proceedings should be included if there are judgments against you.