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Documents You Need for a Mortgage

Updated: Mar 3

When applying for a home loan, you’re going to need to be ready to provide some paperwork, but the more prepared you are, the easier it will be for you to get into your new home or be able to refinance your current mortgage*.

Cropped shot of an affectionate young couple going through paperwork while doing their mortgage application at home

Supplying documents to your lender is probably the least exciting part of buying a home, but it's one of the most important steps in the process.


This condensed guide will help you locate and provide documents to your lender in a timely fashion, so you can get into your new home quicker or enjoy your lower monthly mortgage payments sooner.

To get a mortgage, you’ll need most of these documents to verify your income, employment, assets, and debts:

If you’re salaried or earn a wage:

  • Copy of fully executed sales contract

  • W-2s from the past two years

  • Paystubs from the last 30 days

  • Bank Statements from the past two months

  • Tax Returns from the past two years

  • Most recent 401(k) or other asset statements (if applicable)

  • Clear, legible copy of driver’s license

  • Social Security Card

  • Homeowners’ insurance policy and contact information of homeowner’s agent (First-time homebuyers, please provide a quote from your agent)

  • Veterans: DD214, LES or NGB22

  • Name of your preferred title company

If you’re self-employed, a freelancer, or an independent contractor:

  • Copy of fully executed sales contract

  • Copy of business license

  • 1099 statements for the past year

  • Bank statements from the past two months

  • Tax returns from the past two years

  • Most recent 401(k) or other asset statements (if applicable)

  • Clear, legible copy of driver’s license

  • Social Security Card

  • Homeowners’ insurance policy and contact information of homeowner’s agent (First-time homebuyers, please provide a quote from your agent)

  • Veterans: DD214, LES or NGB22

  • Name of your preferred title company

With these documents readily available, we’ll be able to process your loan quickly.


Remember, mortgages are not one-size-fits-all. There might be some documents listed that we won’t need, and other documents not listed that we’ll need, but that’s why we’re here to help you through the process.


If you have any questions or would like to chat about your homebuying or refinancing options, we'd love to help. Contact your local Loan Originator today.

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*When it comes it comes to refinancing your home loan, you can generally reduce your monthly payment; however, total finance charges may be higher over the life of your mortgage loan.