When you apply for a mortgage loan, the lender will evaluate your loan application closely. After the loan officer collects all of the appropriate information from you, it will be sent to a mortgage underwriter. Home loan underwriting is an important step in the process of getting approved for a mortgage. Every loan must go through underwriting in order to get approved. If you understand how underwriting works, you’ll be less likely to get impatient or frustrated with the process.

What is Underwriting?

Underwriting is a process that helps the lender determine if you are a good credit risk to work with. An underwriter looks at every aspect of your financial life to figure out if you are able to repay the debt. The underwriter will look at your mortgage application and verify everything on it. For example, the underwriter may call your employer to make sure that you are employed there. The underwriter may need to look at your tax records and bank statements to verify that you have enough money to make your payments.

In addition to looking at your finances, the underwriter will also look at your credit report. In order to get approved, your credit score must be above a certain threshold, and the other aspects of your report must look good as well.


Most underwriters use ratios to figure out if you can be approved for a loan. For example, the mortgage underwriter will look at your debt and compare it to your income to come up with a debt to income ratio. The mortgage underwriter may look at your debt payments and compare these to how much expendable income you have. Every mortgage lender has its own ratios that they use as well. This means that what is acceptable with one underwriter may not be acceptable with another.


When it comes to applying for a mortgage, the underwriting process can take some time. While you can probably fill out your loan application in a short period of time, the underwriter may take several days or weeks to approve your application. This means that you have to be patient throughout the mortgage approval process. This is typically the longest part of the process. Once your application has made it successfully through underwriting, you are well on your way to getting approved for a new mortgage loan. At that point, you’ll be able to buy the house you want and start enjoying it.

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