Today’s REI Classroom Lesson

Kelly McDonald explains how to best gather and provide information needed to the loan officer and underwriter.

REI Classroom Summary

By providing full bank statements, explanations of large deposits, and other necessary documents, you’re making it easier for the loan officer and underwriter and therefore, getting you your funds quicker.

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Real Estate Investing Classroom Show Transcripts:

Announcer: Welcome back to the FlipNerd.com REI Classroom, where experts from across the real estate investing industry teach you quick lessons to take your business to the next level. And now, let’s meet today’s expert host.
Kelly: Hi, I’m Kelly McDonald. I’m the Vice President of Sales here at RealtyShares, and today, I’m excited to talk to you about how to send a great file to your loan officer, and more importantly, the underwriter.
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Kelly: So here’s the thing. You’ve decided to go with a lender. You know you’re ready to make the commitment, move forward, and you’re gathering up your documentation to do so. I can’t tell you how often we get the documentation in from borrowers who have a ton of experience and have done a lot of loans in their lifetime, and when the documentation comes in, some of it is like written on the back of a napkin. This is a true story.
We really need you to have all of your documentation in the templates that you’re given, whether it’s through RealtyShares or anyone else. Everyone has their forms. Or at least in something like a spreadsheet showing the information that is needed, because remember, ultimately, your loan officer is going to dig through this file and then try to put together a really good presentation for the most important person in this project to look at, which is the underwriter.
And as the underwriter looks through, they’re trying to get a sense of who it is that they’re going to give money to. Now, remember, we’re not talking about $50 that they’re going to lend. Sometimes, they’re going to be lending up to $3.5 million. And so, it’s very important that, when they are taking a look at you on paper, you look fantastic for them to give you money.
And so think about things like, for example, your bank statements, having all pages of the statement, even the page that says, “This page is intentionally left blank.” That page is important to an underwriter. It lets them know that nothing’s missing, nothing’s being hidden in terms of where is the money coming from.
When there are large deposits, give a little narrative about how did you suddenly get $80,000 into your bank account yesterday. They’re going to want to know where it came from, and sometimes even see the paper trail from that. This is going to help them make sure that they’re adhering to anti-money-laundering laws, as well as where their credit box requires them to source funds to.
And also, things like your track record. Make sure that you’ve filled out not only the correct addresses, but the correct dates of purchase or correct dates of sale, how much you actually put into it. Remember, all of this information gets verified, and the easier it is for someone to verify it, check that it’s right, move it on to the next one, the faster you’re going to be approved and cleared to close.
So I want to thank you today. Remember, put your documents in order. Get everything nice and tight before you send it in to your loan officer. Make their life easier. Make your underwriter’s life easier. Get your money faster.
I’m Kelly McDonald. I’m the Vice President of Sales here at RealtyShares, and my email address is kelly@realtyshares.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
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Kelly McDonald
Kelly has 14 years of experience in financial services, real estate and fintech. She has wide depth of experience building high performing sales team that deliver high volume results. She is currently the VP of Residential Debt at RealtyShares. She previously held leadership roles at QuickenLoans, United Wholesale Shore Mortgage, MyInsuranceExpert, RME360 and most recently was the VP of Sales and Operations at Movoto Real Estate.