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Prepare Your Finances Before Buying Your First Home

Prepare Your Finances Before Buying Your First Home

Thinking about buying your first house? To make the preapproval process seamless, gather these financial documents:

  • Your credit report:

    Obtain a copy as early as possible and scour it for accuracy. If time permits, pull your credit report three months before you seek pre-approval so you have time to correct any issues or mistakes. Each major credit bureau must provide one free credit report annually to consumers requesting a copy. To obtain a report visit Usually, it works well to order one report every four months from a different credit bureau; but when you plan to buy a house, check all three at once. Save up your free reports in the year until you’re ready to start looking for a house. Your goal is to identify discrepancies between the reports as well as to monitor your credit standing.

  • W-2 forms:

    Make copies from the past two years.

  • Paystubs:

    Copy your two most recent ones.

  • Financial account statements:

    Collect statements (including retirement accounts) from the past few months.

  • Lines of credit:

    Provide copies of statements if you have opened any in the past six months because they might not show up on your credit report.

  • Vehicles you own:

    Include make, model, and resale value.

  • Credit card account information:

    Include numbers and types of cards, balances, and minimum payments.

  • Auto loan account information:

    Include account numbers and statements.

  • Other loan account information:

    Think student loans and personal loans.

  • Gifts:

    If you’re fortunate enough to have any money for your down payment gifted to you, identify where it will come from and how much. Be prepared to document that it’s a gift and not a loan.

Once you have all your documents and personal financial information assembled, you’re ready to get preapproved. Stop in or apply online today.