For anyone that hasn’t purchased a home or refinanced their current home recently, several changes have been implemented to the mortgage process that you should know.
Significant increase in government regulations. Depending on how long it’s been since you last applied for a mortgage, there are significantly more government regulations. Many of the changes are a result of the Dodd-Frank Act. These new regulations are aimed at preventing a lot of the reckless lender behavior that created the housing bubble that occurred a few years ago.
Significant increase in documentation needed. If you are considering applying for a mortgage soon, start planning now. You are going to be required to furnish your lender with full documentation. That includes, but not limited to, tax returns, W2’s, paystubs, bank statements, proof of current housing expense, etc. Remember that your loan can only be processed as quickly as you furnish your lender with the documentation they request. And contrary to popular belief, lenders don’t arbitrarily request documentation; there’s a reason why you are being asked to supply items.
Longer processing times. All of the changes we’ve implemented have resulted in longer processing times and consequently, longer closing times. While 30-day settlements were commonplace in years past, today it’s more likely to see 45 or even 60-day settlements. While some situations that delay settlements are unavoidable, many can be avoided simply by planning ahead and being prepared.
If you’d like more information about Apex’s current mortgage process contact me or download our 7 Steps to Settlement flowchart. We’re committed to closing clean and on time, every time which is why we believe communication is key. We keep our clients informed each step of the way, and like to be upfront about our steps to settlement and what you can expect from the process.