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Whether you’re shopping for your first home loan in 2023 or are an experienced investor, your loan profile is more important than ever before. A well-organized loan file initiated by you is a valuable asset.

After the housing crisis of about 2008 to 2012, FannieMae and FreddieMac came down hard on mortgage underwriters who approved “bad loans.” The days of loan officers giving a friendly wink and a nod to get a loan approved are gone. Originating lenders of bad debt can be forced to buy back their ill-gotten notes. This could get costly and has been deadly for small lending institutions that drowned in their seas of uncollectable debt.

Just get used to the idea: You will be required to lay your entire financial life out on the table in order to secure a mortgage loan. The more prepared you are when you start the approval process in anticipation of buying your Utah dream home the happier you’re going to be.

Raise your right hand and say it with me: “I do solemnly swear to create a stellar loan file that will knock my lenders’ socks off.”

Ready? Let’s get started.

Store Files Securely

Do yourself a favor and scan your important financial documents onto your hard drive. It’s a good idea to password-protect these electronic records. Burn them to a thumb drive and store an extra copy in a safe deposit box. Update your records regularly. Maintain original files in a safe place at home or in the office. Some Utah home lenders require originals copies of certain documents. This is a living file, it will change from time to time. Technology advances fast, store your electronic files in a way you are sure they can be retrieved in the future.

If you do business online, print or download PDF files of all important transactions. Save these on a hard drive and/or on a thumbdrive in well-organized folders. This can be a real time saver later.

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Your loan file should include:

  • checking/savings statements (update monthly, quarterly, or annually)
  • investment documentation (update annually)
  • retirement account information (update annually)
  • documents relating to every asset you claim to own (update every two years)
  • substantiation of gifts from relatives (update as needed)
  • documents related to non-profit grants (update as needed)
  • creditor statements (update monthly, quarterly, or annually)
  • income/expense records for all rental and investment properties (update monthly, quarterly, or annually)
  • documentation of any loans for which you have co-signed (update as needed)
  • proof of any assets for which you share ownership
  • two-years of filed tax returns (update these annually)
  • employment verification and check stubs or deposit statements (update these monthly, quarterly, or annually)
  • copies of vital records such as birth certificates and death certificates (update as needed)
  • relevant marriage or divorce documents (update as needed)

Self-employed borrowers should be prepared to provide the above documentation and the following:

  • an audited or professionally-prepared balance sheet for the previous two years’
  • year-to-date profit and loss statement (sole proprietors)
  • signed copies of the previous two years’ federal business income tax returns with all schedules (corporations and partnerships)
  • a professionally-prepared profit and loss statement

Certain circumstances might require additional documents. Be prepared to cooperate fully with your underwriter for peace of mind and a smooth loan process.

Call me at 801-673-3333 if you have questions about building a loan file. I’ll make sure you’re directed to the right professional to help you. Please browse our online Utah home listings available 24/7.

Joel Carson

Salt Lake City's #1 Agent Utah Real Estate President/Principal Broker