With Golf and Mortgages: It's Important to Know the Rules

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

While losing a game of golf because you broke the rules usually doesn't impact your life greatly (unless you're a pro), in the case of a loan, it can be devastating.  Read this post from Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi :


With Golf and Mortgages:

It's Important to Know the Rules

There are a LOT of rules in golf ...  

That fact has drawn increasing attention as of late.  But truth is, golf rules have always provided controversy and remained in the forefront of gold tournaments over the years.  Just ask these pros: 

LPGA star Lexi Thompson, PGA players Craig Stadler and Paul Azinger, golf mega-star Tiger Woods, and more.  Not knowing ... or being unaware of a rule ... cost them strokes during important golf rounds and ultimately a win (and money) on the tour. 
Strong parallels between the importance of the rules in golf and mortgage lending can be made.  Be unaware or not know the rules of mortgage lending?  It can possibly cost you ... in time, money, and opportunity to attain success.  
Just as in golf, the rules of mortgage lending are important.  They are intended to ensure all play by the same rules.  The "rules" demand that Lenders ... and the entities that insure loans ... approve borrowers that are "qualified" to borrow money and have the ability to repay the loan in full, no matter race, sex, familial status, location of property (redlining), and more.
The Mortgage Pre-Approval is another good example of a "rule" existing in the modern mortgage process.  While the act of being pre-approved was suggested by agents years ago, it has now become almost a necessity.  While some agents may show a property to a potential Home Buyer that has not pursued Mortgage Pre-Approval, it's become increasingly rare. 
So how and why did this "rule" come about?  
The process of obtaining a Mortgage Pre-Approval likely started with Home Buyers needing to prove an "edge" over their buying competition in a highly competitive housing market ...
When a Buyer proves they can successfully complete their home financing to buy, they are viewed more favorably by Sellers.  It's easy to understand why most Sellers (and their agents) stick to this "rule" regarding Mortgage Pre-Approvals and entertain offers from pre-approved Buyers only.
Do otherwise?  They risk a possible loss of valuable time and money.  And disappointment.
The backbone of any Mortgage Pre-Approval is the potential Borrower's Credit Report.  In order for me to order a tri-merge Credit Report, I, as your Lender, need the following basic info from each Borrower to be placed on the Mortgage:
  • Full Name(s)
  • Address(es):  2 years required*
  • Social Security Number(s)
  • Date(s) of Birth
  • Permission to run the Credit Report(s)

     * If you haven't resided at your current address for two (2) years:  Info regarding your previous address(es) is required.  

     If currently renting, sometimes, the following is needed:  The name, address, and telephone number(s) of Landlord or letter from Landlord stating the amount of Monthly Rent and the Statement "Paid as Agreed for past 12 Months". 


What does the all-important Credit Report disclose to your Lender?

It provides your Credit Scores from each of the 3 main credit bureaus: EquifaxTransUnion, and Experian.  The middle Credit Score received is the score that Lenders utilize during your Pre-Approval.  
Here's an example of that "rule" ...
Credit Bureau 1:  723 Score
Credit Bureau 2:  735 Score
Credit Bureau 3:  741 Score
The score the Lender uses is:  735
Why are Credit Scores so important to Lenders?
Most mortgage loan programs/loan types have minimum Credit Score requirements.  Some loans are simply not available to Borrowers with lower Credit Scores ... or those that don't meet minimum loan requirements.
"Rules" regarding Credit Scores are clear.  The lower your Credit Score, the lower your chance of securing a Loan Approval.  Likewise, lower Credit Scores typically mean higher Interest Rates, increased financing costs, or both.  The higher your Credit Scores, the lower the Interest Rate earned for financing. 
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Once it's determined that you are credit eligible, you will be asked for more detailed information regarding:
  • Employment - Employment History
  • Current Employer
  • Length of Employment
  • Income
  • HOW you are paid (Salary, Hourly, Commission Bonus, Overtime, Social Security, Pension, Investment - if retired or disabled)


Those items or documentation that will verify income will be required at this time too.  Those include:

  • W-2's
  • 1099's
  • Tax Returns (Last 2 years)
  • PayStubs (Last 30 days, consecutive)
  • Court Orders for Support or Alimony  
You then move on to the topic of Down Payment Funds.  Be prepared to answer the following questions:
  • What Down Payment Funds do you have available, if any?
  • Are Gift Funds being provided to you?  If so, by whom?  And how much?
  • Are your eligible for VA Home Buying Benefits?  

    Note:  Should you wish to flex your VA Home Buying Benefits, you will be required to supply the following documentation in addition to all the basic info:   

  • Copy of your original Certificate of Eligibility
  • Copy of DD-214
Most Buyers are typically asked for the following: 
  • A copy of your Driver's License of State ID Card
  • A signed copy of the Real Estate Contract on the home being purchased, plus any Riders
  • Names & Contact Information for your Attorney
  • Name and Contact Information for your Insurance Agent 


Where/When applicable, you may be asked for the following:


  • All pages of your Recorded Divorce Decree(s) or Separation Agreement(s)
  • 12 Month Court Printout of Child Support received
  • Bankruptcy Papers:  Recorded Bankruptcy Discharge, plus the Schedule of Creditors
  • Collection Documentation:  Filed & Stamped Release of any Judgment, plus explanations of any outstanding Collections
  • Your most recent Social Security Award Letter or Pension Award Letter


If you currently own Real Estate, you'll be required to provide the following info:


  • Mortgage Account Information
  • If applicable: Info on any Home Equity financing
  • Home Insurance Policy Info
  • Real Estate Tax Bill
  • Address and Info on additional Real Estate owned (Investment, Vacation, Second Home, Timeshares)


For those that are Self-Employed and seeking Pre-Approval or Mortgage Application, the following documentation is typically required:


  • The last 2 years of filed Year-to-Date Profit and Loss Statement
  • 2 years of complete Tax Returns
If you hope to be Pre-Approved and apply for a Mortgage, you can pretty much count on all the above questions and requirements being in play.  Those are the "rules" with financing currently.  
Yes, you're right ...  
There are lots of "rules" involved in the current mortgage process.  But as a I pointed out above, a knowledge of the rules beforehand helps immensely.
So, if you have questions (and you should have many), ask them.  The sooner the better.  Want to know more about the mortgage process?  Reach out to me.  Hope to be Pre-Approved or apply for a Mortgage in New Lenox?  Will County?  Elsewhere in the Chicagoland area?  Contact me.  
Know the "rules" regarding mortgages ahead of time.  Be aware of what info and documentation you'll be asked to produce during your Pre-Approval or Mortgage Application (and gather it pro-actively).
It helps you elevate your financing "game".  Helps you avoid the "traps" and "water hazards" some find during their mortgage process.  And it will make you a winner ...
 Contact Gene Mundt to Find Out More
*  Hoping to be Pre-Approved ... or to buy or refinance a home in New Lenox or elsewhere in the greater Chicagoland agrea?  Contact me!  I'll put my 40+ years of mortgage experience and expertise hard to work on your behalf.
I'm easily found at:
Gene Mundt
Mortgage Originator  -  NMLS #216987  -  IL Lic. 031.0006220  -  WI License 216987 
American Portfolio Mortgage Corp.
nmls #175656
Direct: 815.524.2280
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a good post to reblog. I hope others will read it too 

May 09, 2017 02:26 AM #1
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
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This was an excellent choice for a reblog today

May 09, 2017 03:21 AM #2
Roy Kelley
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This is an excellent selection for a reblog and important advice to share.

May 09, 2017 05:06 AM #3
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gabe Sanders ,

Thank you for re-blogging another wonderful post from Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi . This one certainly is worth the read.

May 09, 2017 05:19 AM #4
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, great post to re-blog, and missed Gene original post.   Great information to share with potential buyers.

May 09, 2017 06:40 AM #5
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Good morning Gabe, this is a great choice for a re-blog, I missed the original.

May 09, 2017 07:10 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Gabe - this was a great post by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi    It is a very good analogy.   

May 09, 2017 12:20 PM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great choice for a re-post in Florida.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 09, 2017 07:23 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think I fall back to this article now and again almost by accident at rhis middle of the road niceness

May 09, 2017 11:59 PM #9
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Always got to know the rules. Especially with mortgages. Good repost.

May 10, 2017 06:14 AM #10
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Thank you for re-sharing the info within this post, Gabe Sanders ... I appreciate it greatly .. and hope that it proves beneficial to those that read it ...


May 10, 2017 03:28 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Jun 03, 2017 05:51 AM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments; it’s always good to hear from you.

Jun 03, 2017 05:52 AM #13
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