Mortgage Process


Mortgage Process

Thinking about getting a mortgage loan?

The task of getting a mortgage loan can be difficult. It is helpful to see an overview of the process. A mortgage broker can be a useful guide through this process, even before the search for a house begins. The mortgage broker takes you through the four basic phases from the preliminary decisions through the final loan funding. Let's take a closer look at these steps:

Preliminary decisions
First, working with you, we will determine what type of loan will benefit you most. Based on factors such as your employment history, income and debts, and credit history, we can decide the general amount that a lender would loan you and how large of a payment you could make. We will also consider the best terms available and the legal ramifications of ownership.

Next, we will gather and review the necessary information (such as residence and employment history, assets, etc.) and run a credit score in order to give you a Pre-Qualification Letter. This letter tells the seller that you are a viable buyer. Now you are ready to look for the home that best fits all your needs.

Loan Application  
Now that you have found the house you want, made an offer, and the seller has accepted your offer, the next step is the loan application. You have already gathered much of the necessary information. You may fill out the form on this website, and we will arrange for an appraisal when appropriate.

Loan Funding
Once your loan is approved, the realty agents of both the buyer and seller will agree on an escrow/title company to serve as an agent in handling the loan closing process. We'll coordinate with the escrow agent to help make sure that your lender has all the paperwork they need in order to facilitate this final step. The final stage of the closing process will require your signature on the formal loan papers. The escrow agent will arrange this and then the loan and the house is yours!

*A pre-qualification is not an approval of credit and does not signify that underwriting requirements have been met.

Mortgage Checklist

The following items may be critical to your loan being completed in a timely manner. Please provide them if they apply to you.
  • Last 30 Days paycheck stubs for all borrowers (if applicable)
  • Last 2 years W-2's for all borrowers (if applicable)
  • Last 2 years tax returns for all borrowers. Including all forms.
  • Last 2 months bank statements (savings and checking)
  • Copy of Divorce decree, including all pages (if applicable)
  • Copy of Bankruptcy discharge papers (if applicable)
  • Explanation Letter (for late payments, collections, etc.)
  • Copy of Drivers License for all borrowers
  • Copy of Purchase Agreement.
  • Copy of all Pension Statements, "Award" Letter, etc. (if applicable)
  • Copy of Social Security Annual "Award" Letter, Statement, etc. (if applicable)


Loan Closing Process

What is the procedure at the loan closing?
The loan closing is a process of finalizing the sale and the loan. The seller, buyer and lender (generally with the aid of an escrow agent) execute the final documents. You will receive a commitment letter from the lender once the loan application has been approved.

  • Once you have the loan commitment letter, you can set a settlement date for the closing

It is important that the settlement take place before your rate lock period expires. A rate lock is a commitment by the lender to hold a promised interest rate and points for you for a specified period of time. Although longer rate lock periods generally cost more, there are other ways to influence your interest rate.

It is also important to have any final inspections done before this set settlement date, especially if any repairs or maintenance are part of the purchase agreement.

  • You should be prepared at the closing to pay the down payment and any closing costs applicable to the buyer.

Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the lender is required to give the buyer a Good Faith Estimate of closing costs within three business days of receiving the loan application. This estimate lists the costs that the buyer is likely to pay at the settlement.

For the actual closing costs, you have the right to request to see The HUD-1 Settlement Statement (the prescribed form from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) one day before the actual settlement. The escrow agent fills out the Hud-1 statement. Prior to the closing, you should review all items on the settlement statement and all documents that you will need to sign in order to clarify any misunderstandings.

  • All participating parties will sign the necessary documents at the closing. Make sure you understand what you are signing. Some of the documents are:

The HUD-1 Settlement Statement
This statement must be signed by both the buyer and the seller.

  1. The Deed
    The deed is the legal document that transfers title to real property. The deed should contain an accurate description of the property, be signed and witnessed according to the laws of the state where the property is located, and should be delivered to the purchaser (after the agent officially records the deed).
  2. The Mortgage
    The mortgage is a lien on the property that gives the lender the right to foreclose on the property if you default on the loan.
  3. A Deed of Trust
    deed of trust is a document used in some states instead of a mortgage, that transfers legal title of the property to the trustee until the loan is paid off, giving the trustee the power to sell the property to satisfy the debt in the case of default on the loan.
  4. The Note
    The note is the legal debt document and a promise to pay according to the terms of the loan.
  5. The Truth-in-Lending statement
    The truth-in-lending statement is a mandated if there have been any changes in loan terms since the loan application. It must disclose the terms of the loan, the interest rate, the loan amount, the annual percentage rate and the total payments required.
  6. The Initial Escrow Statement
    The initial escrow statement lists the estimated costs to be paid from the escrow for the ensuing year, the escrow payment amount and any required cushion.
  7. The Mortgage Servicing Disclosure Statement
    The mortgage servicing disclosure statement tells the borrower whether the lender will be servicing the loan or transferring it to another lender. It is important to know when your first payment is due and where it should be made.

After the escrow agent properly records all the documents, you may take possession of your property according to the settlement agreement.


Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

131 Wendover Dr., Kingsport, TN 37663

2 Worth Cir., #2, Johnson City, TN  37601

Fax: 423.245.5132

Toll Free: 866.929.0222


Licensed in Tennessee by the Department of Financial Institutions #109192 & in Virginia by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, MC-4040, NMLS ID #2289

Roger Hutchins, Manager, 423-292-2415,, NMLS#157105

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