10 Things a Lender Needs From You


  • W-2 forms or business tax return forms if you’re self-employed for the last two or three years for every person signing the loan.
  • Copies of one or more months of pay stubs from every person signing the loan.
  • Copies of two to four months of bank or credit union statements for both checking and savings accounts.
  • Copies of personal tax forms for the last two to three years.
  • Copies of brokerage account statements for two to four months, as well as a list of any other major assets of value, e.g., a boat, RV, or stocks or bonds not held in a brokerage account.
  • Copies of your most recent 401(k) or other retirement account statement.
  • Documentation to verify additional income, such as child support, pension, etc.
  • Account numbers of all your credit cards and the amounts of any outstanding balances.
  • Lender, loan number, and amount owed on other installment loans—student loans, car loans, etc.
  • Addresses where you lived for the last five to seven years, with names of landlords, if appropriate.