When dreaming of buying a house, it can seem like a lifetime away. Many of us live for years in apartments and rental houses, waiting for the chance to finally buy a house. But what about when you’re finally ready to start the process of buying a home?
How long will it take to go through the process of applying for and getting a new mortgage? Some good news: we can give you a pretty good idea of how long it will take to go through each of the steps!
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Mortgage
- Gather the materials you will need to apply for a mortgage.
- Get a home inspection for the home you want to buy.
- Buy homeowner’s insurance before you try to finalize the mortgage.
- Review documents, pay closing costs, and close on your house!
Here is some information about how long each step might take.
Gather the materials you will need to apply for a mortgage.
NerdWallet provides a useful checklist of what documents you will need when applying for a mortgage. You will need to provide proof of income (such as W-2s and tax returns), details about your assets (bank statements and investment accounts), and information about your debts.
You may also need to provide rent receipts, divorce decrees, and down payment gift letters if someone is helping you finance your new home.
Gathering these pieces of information can take hours to weeks, depending on what you have available on hand. The better your record-keeping, the faster this first step will go!
Once you decide on a lender, you can usually apply for a mortgage online. Filling out the application is one of the fastest parts of the process, because it is simply a matter of entering information into an online form and submitting the documents you have already gathered.
Get a home inspection for the house you want to buy.
The earlier you can do this, the better! Home inspections are one of the least predictable parts of the home buying process. Unfortunately, there are often surprises that might impact the sale.
It can take a few days or weeks to get a home inspection scheduled. Factors include how many inspectors work in your area and whether or not it’s a popular time of year to sell a home. According to Homelight, the inspection itself usually only takes a few hours, but the report can take 3-4 days to be prepared by the inspector.
Buy homeowner’s insurance before you try to finalize the mortgage.
This is another speedy part! You can shop for and purchase homeowners’ insurance online within a matter of hours. The more common timeline is 1-3 days. The important thing here is to have homeowners’ insurance lined up before you go to close on the loan. You generally won’t be able to finalize your mortgage without demonstrating that you have sufficient coverage.
The issue here is that it has the potential to delay the process if you don’t have homeowners’ insurance purchased and provable by the time you are ready to close.
Review documents, pay closing costs, and close on your house!
Closing on a house is exciting, even if signing all the paperwork can get a little tedious. The closing appointment will probably take at least an hour as you review each document and sign. You will need to have your down payment, closing costs, and fees ready at your closing appointment so that everything can be finalized.
How long does it take when you add it all together?
Getting a mortgage could be a 30-day process, assuming there aren’t any unexpected delays. If you have unusual needs - like a super fast close, WEOKIE can accommodate!
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