Reasons Why We Need So Much Documentation From You
As you prepare for a mortgage application, we want to educate you on why we ask for, what may seem like, an excessive amount of documentation during your mortgage process.
Due to lax underwriting from 2004 to 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac decided that they weren’t being strict enough on mortgage bankers and upgraded their standards in an attempt to prevent default mortgages, which began in 2008.
In order to sell any loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, lenders have to make sure we meet their requirements. This has led us to tighten our standards. If we fail to comply with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s obligations, whether a loan is performing or not, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac will pursue other options.
To prevent this, we now have at least eight people check every single item to prevent any possible mistakes. We want to be absolutely certain that we don’t have to buy back a loan from Fannie/Freddie and this results in an increase in requested documentation and scrutiny for each loan.
While this can cause some frustration and possible delays in getting to closing, this overly-cautious approach is our way of making sure your loan is accepted by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and your mortgage goes through.
For more information, contact your mortgage expert.