Guide to the loan Process

Every person seeking a home loan has to undergo a number of steps from start to settlement, understanding what happens at each step helps you prepare for the process

PREPARATION
Know your finances and budget inside and out and prepare a preliminary fact finder (provided by your broker). The more information you can provide your mortgage provider in this step the more prepared they are for your meeting.
THE MEETING
There are usually five stages: Introduction: will cover what will happen in the interview, information about the company you're dealing with (their panel of lenders, or their products if a lender) plus their commissions and fees. (Credit Guide Given) Qualification: provision of documents to support your financial situation and budget; discussion about the size of the loan you require and its use i.e. investment or principal place of residence. (credit assessment completed) Offer: discussion of loan products, matching you to a loan product/s, if using a lender a discussion about the types of loan products, other mortgage providers will also discuss products and compare the different loan products from their panel of lenders. Use of calculators to determine repayments and upfront and ongoing fees. Deciding what loan/s to apply for. (Finance Broking Agreement) Application: Completing the application form, and declaring the information provided is correct. Close: Informing what happens next, and up to settlement, expected time frame for the next contact and returning of original documents.
THE APPLICATION
Your mortgage provider will: Review the application, check details and complete any missing information. Attach supporting documents. Complete a serviceability sheet to outline your ability to pay back the loan. Send onto the assessor. The lenders assessor will: Log the application, allocate a file number to it and confirm receipt of application. Check it is completed correctly and has all relevant documents (or return it if incomplete). Undertake detailed review and complete relevant checks. Log all the information onto your file. Pass the file to the team leader with a recommendation to approve or decline the loan. If approved by the lender a pre-approval or conditional approval is sent back to the mortgage provider to inform the borrower.
PRE-APPROVAL OR CONDITIONAL APPROVAL
Advises your loan is approved subject to certain conditions e.g. finding a property. The conditional approval usually lasts for approximately 3 months.
VALUATION
The lender will conduct a valuation on the property you have chosen to show its market value and ensure they are lending within their guidelines.
UNCONDITIONAL APPROVAL
Granted when all the conditions of the loan have been met, and all costs are determined such as establishment fees, stamp duty, and lenders and solicitors fees.
LETTER OF OFFER
Outlines the terms, conditions and costs of the loan. Review the Letter of Offer and if okay, sign it and send it back to the lender so their solicitors can proceed to settlement. Once signed, it becomes the credit contract.
MORTGAGE DOCUMENTS
Sent with the Letter of Offer, they outline the agreement between the lender, borrower and the Office of State Revenue. The details of the mortgage are recorded on the Certificate of Title along with the name of the borrower/owner and the mortgage lender. This process will be managed between the lender and your solicitor.
SETTLEMENT
Settlement occurs when the loan funds are drawn down to pay for the remainder of the property and the relevant costs. The date of settlement will be managed between the lender and your lawyers.
CELEBRATION
Arrange to get the keys from the real estate agent and open the champagne!