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Security Bank of Kansas City

8 Steps to Home Buying

Step 1: Check Your Credit

SavvyMoney Credit Score

When have included a free credit monitoring system with your online banking dashboard. With this feature, you can enjoy these benefits:
  • Daily Access to your Credit Score
  • Real-Time Credit Monitoring Alerts
  • Credit Score Simulator
  • Special Credit Offers
  • Personalized Credit Report
  • And More!
It is free to all customers, but you will need to enroll into the program first. Log in to your online banking account, be it on a Desktop or Mobile, and navigate to the "Credit Score" card on your dashboard. If you do not see it on your dashboard, you can find it by clicking on the "Organize Dashboard" button, then click on the "Add a Card" button and select the "Credit Score" card. 

visit our Credit Score page for more details.

Your credit report includes information on where you live, where you work, how you pay your bills, etc. It is one of many pieces of information that is used to evaluate a mortgage application. To help avoid unexpected issues or delays, it is important to review your credit report before making big credit decisions. The major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) are required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months. Free credit report information is available at:
Step 2: Submit Your Loan Application

With Security Bank of Kansas City, you can complete your application using your computer, tablet, or phone and it takes less than 15 minutes. 

Step 3: Pre-Qualify for Your Mortgage

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard that you should get pre-qualified. Security Bank of Kansas City offers free pre-qualifications, so you can shop with confidence knowing how much you can afford. Sellers typically will give a buyer with a pre-qualification letter more credibility.

Step 4: Get Personal Local Service

After your application is submitted, a Security Bank of Kansas City Loan Officer will contact you to answer any questions you may have and work with you to design a loan program that meets your personal financial situation. Your Loan Officer is a mortgage expert and will provide help and guidance to you throughout the home-buying process. 

Step 5: Shop for a Home

Now that you know how much you can afford, it is time to find your dream home! Online is where most home buyers begin the process of finding a home! Once you have done initial research on homes and neighborhoods, you will be ready to attend some open houses to help find the home that is right for you.

Step 6: Get Final Loan Approval*

Now that you have found your dream home, it is time to get final loan approval. The Bank will need to collect financial documents from you so they can verify the information provided on your loan application. A package will be sent to you that will contain documents for you to immediately sign, as well as a list of items you will need to collect and send to the Bank. After you have returned the support documents, the Bank will order an Appraisal and Title Insurance.  Once these items have been completed, your loan file is sent to an underwriter to review and issue a credit decision.  Work closely with your Loan Officer to get the support documents needed for final loan approval. Purchase contracts have deadlines that need to be met. 

* This is not a commitment to lend. All loans are subject to credit and property approval.
Step 7: Sign Closing Paperwork

After you receive final loan approval, we will contact you to schedule the loan closing. If you are purchasing a home, we'll also schedule the closing with the real estate broker and the seller. The closing will take place at the office of a title company or attorney in your area who will act as our agent. A few days before closing your Loan Officer will contact you to walk through the final information.

Step 8: Congrats! You're a Homeowner

That's all there is to it! Apply now and be on your way to the most convenient home loan ever!

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