Loan Process

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Who Does It


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Before you begin an application, please review loan information from:

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Complete an application. This will set the process in motion.

Loan Originator Contact by Phone

Leader Bank

Your first connection with your loan originator will get a dialogue started which will insure that you get the loan that you want.

Credit Check & Prequalification

Leader Bank

We pre-approve you using our artificial intelligence software, or underwriting your loan in-house. Our system will assess your credit, income and assets to quickly determine what loan(s) you qualify for.

Required Loan Documentation and Paperwork

Applicant/Leader Bank

Paperwork is still a big part of the loan process. We will email you forms to sign and a document checklist.

Rate Lock & Appraisal

Applicant/Leader Bank

Once we determine your loan amount, type of loan and rate, your loan agent will recommend the appropriate time to lock the rate with a lender.

Loan Submission for the Best Rate/Program

Leader Bank

Once all of the paperwork is assembled by our processors, your package will be forwarded to underwriting for approval.

Underwriting and Approval

Leader Bank

An underwriter will review the package and issue a decision detailing any conditions necessary for final approval.  Usually most conditions can be taken care of by Leader Mortgage Company.

Clear Loan Conditions

Leader Bank

Our closer gets the conditions from underwriting for final preparations to close.

Loan Documents Delivered

Leader Bank

Loan documents are prepared and delivered to the closing attorney. The attorney will call you to arrange a signing. This is coordinated by your loan originator, your Realtor and the attorney.

Loan Funding

Attorney/Leader Bank

Once the signed documents are returned, they will be reviewed. The attorney will request a wire transfer of the loan funds, close and record the transaction.

The Loan Application Process
We will want to verify certain information about you and the property. Borrower information will include verification of income and employment, assets, and your credit history. You, the applicant, as part of your application process, will usually provide some of this information. Other information, such as your credit history, will be obtained directly from the credit bureaus.

For the property itself, we will order an appraisal in most cases and a legal description of the property, such as a title report. We have "approved appraisal company" lists, so if you have an old appraisal, we may be able to accept it. 

The Loan Approval Process
During the "processing" and/or "underwriting" period, your credit, assets, income and other determinants are checked and compiled. Your loan is either approved with conditions, or approved without conditions or declined. Conditions are further documentation or checks we will need to finalize prior to the clsoing of your loan.  Some borrowers become frustrated by conditions that surface at the end of a loan transaction and can't understand why they are being raised so late. Final conditions are sometimes added for final approval. We do our best to help you through the process - remember, we are simply trying to meet conditions imposed by our Investors.

Since most loans are sold and serviced by other parties, the lender must verify that the loan can be sold upon close. Not to worry, no other terms of your loan can be changed after you have signed your final loan documents. When all conditions are met, your loan documents are drawn up and forwarded to the closing attorney to prepare for your closing. 

Do not make any adverse changes to your financial "picture" during the loan process. Things as simple as applying for a new department store credit card to purchase a new appliance will at least force an explanation to be given and at worst may cause your loan not to fund and the approval to be withdrawn. Many times a final credit report update and additional calls to your employer may be required before funding the loan. Be patient and your loan will flow smoothly.


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