How To Get A Mortgage

When obtaining a mortgage, you can can expect to follow these steps.

So, you’ve set your sights on home ownership! Congratulations as this is an exciting time! But before you dive into open houses and bidding wars, there’s an essential hurdle to jump: determining your qualifications for and securing a mortgage. Although this process may seem overwhelming, proper knowledge and preparation is key. Below we will discuss some key steps so that you can navigate the mortgage process successfully and with confidence.

Steps to get a mortgage

Step 1: Prep Work is Key

  • Know Your Budget: Understanding how much you can comfortably afford is crucial. Factor in your income, debts, and living expenses to determine a realistic monthly payment.
  • Credit Check Time: Your credit score significantly impacts loan terms. Obtain a copy of your credit report and address any errors. Aim for a score above 620 for a conventional loan.
  • Save Up: A bigger down payment translates to a lower loan amount and potentially better interest rates. A minimum of 3% is generally required, but 20% reduces the need for private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Step 2: Get Pre-Approved

Pre-approval is like a green light from a lender, telling you how much house you can afford. This strengthens your offer when you find the perfect place and gives you leverage in negotiations. Note, it is important to know the difference between a pre-approval vs a pre-qualification for a home loan.

Step 3: Lender Lowdown

  • Shop Around: Don’t settle for the first offer! Compare rates and terms from banks, credit unions, and online lenders.
  • Find the Right Fit: Look for a lender with experience in your loan type and a reputation for good customer service.

Step 4: Application Time

Once you’ve chosen a lender, it’s application time. Gather your financial documents like pay stubs, tax returns, and bank statements. Be prepared to answer questions about your employment and assets.

Step 5: Underwriting and Approval

The lender will assess your application to determine your loan eligibility. This may involve an appraisal of the home to determine its value.

Step 6: Closing Time!

Congratulations, you’ve reached the final step! At closing, you’ll sign the official loan documents and finalize the transaction. Be sure to review all documents carefully before signing.


While this guide provides a road map, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mortgage professional. A good mortgage broker can answer your questions, recommend the right loan product, and guide you through the process. To learn more about common mortgage terminology, click on our previous article here.

As always, having a local and knowledgeable real estate agent on your team should be your first step when house hunting. Are you thinking about buying a property in the South Florida area? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! Also, be sure to download our free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet.

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.