Frequently Asked Questions

The Mortgage Shero is here to provide you with all the answers you need regarding mortgages! Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned homeowner, or simply looking to understand the ins and outs of the mortgage process, I am here to guide you. With years of experience and a deep understanding of the mortgage industry, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to help demystify the world of mortgages. From understanding different loan types to navigating the application process, my goal is to empower you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your mortgage. So, let’s dive in and find the answers to your most pressing mortgage questions!


Qualifying for a mortgage typically involves factors such as your credit score, income, employment history, debt-to-income ratio, and the amount of down payment you can provide. Lenders evaluate these factors to determine your eligibility.

Commonly required documents include identification, income verification (pay stubs, tax returns), bank statements, proof of assets, employment verification, and information about the property you intend to purchase.

A pre-approval is an initial assessment of your creditworthiness based on a preliminary review of your financial information. It gives you an idea of the loan amount you may qualify for, helping you determine your budget when house hunting.

A fixed-rate mortgage has a set interest rate that remains unchanged throughout the loan term. An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) typically has a fixed rate for an initial period and then adjusts periodically based on market conditions.

Private mortgage insurance is a type of insurance that protects the lender if you default on your loan and have a down payment of less than 20% of the property’s value. It is usually required until you reach a certain level of equity in the property.

Pre-qualification is an informal estimate of how much you might be able to borrow based on basic financial information you provide. Pre-approval involves a more detailed assessment and verification of your financial documents, providing a stronger commitment from the lender.

The time frame can vary, but it typically takes several weeks from the time you submit your application to the final approval. Delays can occur based on factors such as document verification, property appraisal, and underwriting process.

The closing process is the final step of the mortgage process where you sign the loan documents, pay any remaining closing costs, and officially take ownership of the property. It usually involves a meeting with a title company or attorney.

Yes, in most cases, you can pay off your mortgage early. However, it’s essential to review your mortgage terms to understand if there are any prepayment penalties or fees associated with early repayment.

Yes, refinancing is an option to replace your existing mortgage with a new one. It can help you secure a lower interest rate, change the loan term, or tap into your home equity. However, the approval is subject to meeting the lender’s requirements.