How to Take a Loan

How to Take a Loan

Mortgages can be a tricky thing to take out if you're new to the game. There are so many options and terms available, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. And even once you've decided on a loan, there's still the matter of getting approved.

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Are you wondering how to take out a loan? Wondering if it's really worth the effort? Well, let us show you how simple and straightforward this process can be.

Step 1: Find out how much you can borrow

The first step in obtaining a loan is determining how much money you can borrow. When buying a home, you should decide what kind of home you can afford before you begin looking, ensuring the loan amount and terms are acceptable to you and the lender. There are several ways to calculate your affordability score, depending on your stage of the home-buying process. Today's three most common methods are the mortgage calculator, interest rate simulator, and pre-qualification questionnaire.

After calculating your affordability score, it's essential to compare it against the available loans. You want to find a loan with terms that fit within your budget and meet all of your requirements (including credit history). This information makes getting started on your home purchase easier than ever.

Step 2: Select the right loan program

Several different loan programs are available to consumers these days, and it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. Luckily, some basic rules will guide you in the right direction.

First, ask yourself some questions about your finances. Do you need a short-term loan or a long-term loan? What is the purpose of the borrowed money? Do you want an unsecured or secured loan? How much credit score do you have? These factors will impact which type of loan best suits your needs. 

  • Always compare loan products side by side and consider the features each program offers. This will help you understand what kind of loans are available to you and your potential payments.
  • Choose a loan program with low-interest rates if possible. This way, you won't have to pay high fees or worry about getting into debt quickly.
  • Make sure the company has a good customer service history and satisfaction ratings. Then, if something goes wrong during your repayment process, be confident that they will take care of it as quickly as possible.

Whether you are buying a home or refinancing, there are two basic types of home loans. Each has different reasons you'd choose them.

  1. Fixed-rate mortgage: A fixed-rate mortgage is a home loan option with a particular interest rate for the loan term. Essentially, the interest rate on the mortgage will not change over the loan's lifetime, and the borrower's interest and principal payments will remain unchanged each month.
  2. Adjustable-rate mortgage: An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is a home loan option with a variable interest rate. With an ARM, the initial interest rate is fixed for a period. After that, the interest rate applied on the outstanding balance resets yearly or even monthly.

Step 3: Get pre-approved

Pre-approval for a loan is an essential step in the lending process. It gives you enough information about your financial situation before applying to be confident that you qualify for a loan.

Here are some things to keep in mind when getting pre-approved: 

  • Make sure your income and credit history are accurate. Lenders want to ensure you can repay the debt, not just borrow money.
  • Check your assets and liabilities carefully. Your lender may require that you pledge some of your assets as security for the loan. This could include property, investments, or personal belongings.
  • Be prepared to provide additional documentation if requested by the lender: pay statements, tax returns, letters from employers verifying salary and hours worked each month, etc.

You may also elect to get pre-approved for a loan which requires verification of your income, credit, assets, and liabilities. It is recommended that you get pre-approved before you start looking for your new house so you: 

  1. Look for properties within your range.
  2. Be in a better position when negotiating with the seller (the seller knows your loan is already approved).
  3. Close your loan quicker.

Step 4: Apply for a loan

You will be prepared to apply for a final mortgage at this stage. To do this, you'll need to approach a mortgage lender—most likely the one that gave you pre-approval, but you should also shop around to guarantee you get the best deal.

Each mortgage lender will need the information to give you an offer. They may already have some of this information, but they may need to collect more. But you will also need to provide your lender with documents. Your real estate agent could acquire some of the harder-to-find items, such as property taxes.

Your credit history is one of the essential factors in getting approved. Because of this, it's a good idea to review your credit report ahead of time to see where you stand. You're entitled by law to one free credit report from each of the three major reporting bureaus each year. Be prepared to clarify any missteps in your financial background. Having dates, amounts, and causes for any of these parts of your history is good.

Step 5: Loan processing

Although lenders conform to standards set by government agencies, loan approval guidelines vary depending on the terms of each loan. Generally, approval is based on your ability and willingness to repay the loan and the property's value.

Once your application is received, your lender should guide you as to what to send and when, but they are likely to need the following:


  • Details of the current employer
  • Length of time at current employer
  • Position/title
  • Salary, including overtime, bonuses, or commissions


  • Two years of W-2s
  • Profit and loss statement if self-employed
  • Pensions, Social Security
  • Public assistance
  • Child support
  • Alimony


  • Bank accounts
  • Real property
  • Investments
  • Proceeds from the sale of your current home
  • Gifted funds from relatives


  • Current mortgage
  • Liens
  • Alimony
  • Child support
  • Car loans
  • Credit cards
  • Real estate

Property information

  • Street address
  • Expected sales price
  • Type of home (single-family residence, condo, etc.)
  • Size of property
  • Real estate taxes (annual)
  • Homeowner's association dues
  • Estimated closing date

Credit history

  • Bankruptcies
  • Collections
  • Foreclosures
  • Delinquencies

The next step is for the lenders you've approached to put together all the information you've supplied into a loan estimate. A loan estimate is a three-page form that illustrates home loan information in an easy-to-read format, complete with explanations. This standardization not only summarizes the information but also makes it easy to compare offers among lenders to see which one is providing you with the best deal.

Step 6: Loan underwriting

Loan underwriting is a process that banks and other financial institutions use to assess the riskiness of a loan applicant. The underwriter will examine all relevant data, such as the borrower's credit score, income level, and past borrowing history, to determine if the loan is likely to be repaid. Banks also look for potential signs of fraud or illegal activity.

If the loan is approved, the lender will negotiate terms with the borrower. These terms may include interest rates and fees associated with the loan. Once both parties have agreed to these terms, it becomes official. The money has been transferred from one party to another.

Step 7: Close your loan

After your mortgage application is approved, you are ready to sign the final loan documents. You must review all the documents before signing and ensure that the interest rate and loan terms are what you were promised. Also, verify that the name and address on the loan documents are accurate. The signing usually takes place in front of a notary public.

There are also several fees associated with obtaining a mortgage and transferring property ownership which you will be expected to pay at closing. Bring a cashier to check for the down payment and closing costs if required. Personal checks are commonly not accepted. You will also need to show your homeowner's insurance policy, any other requirements such as flood insurance, and proof of payment.

Your loan will normally close shortly after you have signed the loan documents. However, on owner-occupied refinance loan transactions, federal law requires that you have three days to review the documents before your loan transaction can close.

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