Documents Required for a Home Loan Mortgage

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It’s perfectly natural to be a little apprehensive about the mortgage application process, especially if you are a first-time home buyer

Listed below are the types of documents you might need when applying for your loan.

Don't let this list scare you. It’s designed to give you a general sense of the types of things you may need to apply for a mortgage. Some items may not be applicable to your unique situation. In addition, the list is not all-inclusive and should only be used as a guide. Chances are you have many of them on hand or easily accessible already.

This list will enable you to gather what you may need for the mortgage application process ahead of time, so things can move along smoothly when you are ready to go forward with pursuing a home loan.

  • Proof of identification via a Photo ID (Drivers license, Passport, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers, or individual taxpayer identification numbers for all borrowers
  • Home addresses for at least the past two years
  • Your most recent paystubs covering at least 30 days of income
  • Your most recent W-2s (two years) , or if self-employed, 1099s or K1s (two years)
  • Your most recent Federal Tax Returns (two years), including all pages and all schedules.
    Note: if you are self-employed, you may need to provide both your personal and business tax returns.
  • Two months of statements for each of your accounts, including all pages, even if they are blank: Checking, savings, IRA, 401K
  • Information on other consumer debt accounts such as car loans or leases, student loans and credit cards
  • Social Security award letter or pension award letter, if applicable
  • Year-to-date profit and loss statements and/or balance sheets, if self-employed
  • Gift letter if you are using money from parents or relatives (for example) to help cover down payment or closing costs
  • Landlords name, address & phone number, if you rent
  • May also need to show rent/utility payments to document payment history, if needed


Depending on the type of home loan you are applying for, and your individual circumstances, you may also need:

  • Copies of your Social Security Card(s)
  • Documentation of child support, if you wish to show it as income, and a copy of the divorce settlement
  • Copy of your most recent monthly statements for any mortgages, home equity loans or lines of credit you may have on existing properties (if refinancing or purchasing additional property)
  • A copy of the signed purchase and sale agreement
  • Copy of bankruptcy papers if you have filed bankruptcy within the last seven years
  • Explanations for items that might appear on your credit report such as late payments, collections or credit inquiries that were generated in the last 120 days

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