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When applying for a conventional loan, most, if not all of the following information will be required of the borrower and/or co-borrower. It is strongly recommended that you check your credit and correct errors first.

The mortgage application process requires considerable paperwork. First there is the application form, which asks for detailed information about you, your employment record, the house you want to purchase, etc. The lender will need documentation pertaining to your personal finances�your earnings, your monthly expenses, and your debts�to help gauge your willingness and ability to repay the mortgage.

Lenders also will examine your credit to learn if you pay your bills on time. A lender may reject your application if the report shows that you have a poor credit history. Thus, you may want to make sure your credit file is accurate before you apply for your mortgage. You have a right to know what information is contained in your credit report and to have someone from the credit bureau help you understand what the report says. The names of credit bureaus can be found in the phone book.

You can prepare for questions about your financial condition by using the worksheets in this brochure. Worksheet 1 helps determine how much money you might have available for a monthly payment�just list all items of income and payments required on debts that won�t be paid off within ten months. There�s also a place for the estimated mortgage payment quoted by the lender.

To figure the mortgage payment, the lender will begin by asking how much you want to borrow. The maximum loan amount will be determined by the value of the property and your personal financial condition. To estimate the value of the property, the lender will ask a real estate appraiser to give an opinion about its value. The appraiser�s opinion can be an important factor in determining whether you qualify for the size of mortgage you want.