How Does the Mortgage Loan Process Work?

How does the mortgage process work? From the minute we receive your application until your closing date (that’s when you get your keys!), we are here to help you. Here is a little more information on what to expect during your mortgage loan process.


The first step in the mortgage process is to submit an application and authorize a credit check. You can submit an application securely online or in many cases, our loan officers will take an application over the phone. Find a loan officer near you using our branch locator or submit an application now and we will connect you with a licensed mortgage professional in your area.

Verifying documents is absolutely essential to the mortgage loan process. It is generally best to submit these materials at about the same time you submit your application to ensure a quick and smooth mortgage loan process. Required documents include 2 years W2’s, 2 paystubs, 2 bank statements. Your loan officer will explain what documentation is needed after you submit your application, but here is a more detailed list of required documents for your convenience.

After you have submitted your application and the required documentation, you may be pre-approved for a mortgage loan. Read more about the importance of pre-approvals.


The mortgage loan process will move forward once you select a property to purchase, submit an offer to purchase letter and received a signed purchase agreement from the seller. Your Realtor will assist you with this stage, but it should move smoothly since you have already been pre-approved!

Once the purchase agreement is received and we have received your written consent to proceed with the mortgage application, we will order an appraisal to determine the property’s market value for financing. Appraisals are performed by qualified independent real estate appraisers, typically after your purchase offer is accepted by the seller. Read more about appraisals here.

In addition to the appraisal, we will select a closing company to research the property title. An abstract will be completed to determine the legal owner of the home and whether there are unpaid taxes, liens, etc.  Meanwhile, our team of experienced processors will be verifying all the documentation you submitted regarding debt, income and assets.


Our experienced underwriting team has the privilege of making the final decision regarding your loan approval. Underwriters evaluate all the information and make sure it aligns with your specific loan program guidelines. If all the required documentation has been received and no conditions are outstanding, a loan commitment or final approval is issued.

Our closing department will be notified of the underwriters’ final approval and begin assembling your loan closing documents, including the  HUD 1 Settlement Statement. The HUD 1 Settlement Statement details all final numbers, showing the breakdown of costs and money needed at closing. Our experienced closing department will require your proof of homeowners insurance before a closing appointment can be scheduled. You must have one year of homeowners insurance paid prior to closing. Your loan officer can explain the specific requirements for the homeowners insurance binder.


After proof of homeowners insurance is confirmed, a closing meeting is scheduled! You are very close to your dream of homeownership!

You are required to attend the closing meeting along with a representative from the title company. Your Realtor and loan officer are typically present too.  During this meeting all final signatures are acquired and final payments (certified check required) are distributed. And the best part…your will receive the keys to your new home!


Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.


Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.