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The PennyMac Mortgage Blog is where you'll find unbiased, useful info to help save you money, time and peace of mind during the mortgage process. If you have a mortgage or are about to get one, we think you'll find info here you can't always get elsewhere.


Congratulations! You have found a home you want, been approved for the loan you need, and have now entered the final phase of loan processing. You may be ready to start unpacking and decorating, but before you can call the house your own, you must complete one last step: closing on your mortgage.

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During the mortgage underwriting stage, your application moves from the desk of the loan processor to the mortgage underwriter. The mortgage underwriter will ensure your financial profile matches your lender’s guidelines and loan criteria and he or she will ultimately make the final decision: to approve or deny your loan request.

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You've made it through the mortgage loan application and now your application will start moving through the loan process on the way to the closing table. If you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes during this time, here’s your guide—including important ways you can help.

Read more about Explaining the Home Loan Process Part 3: Processing


You have completed every step of the mortgage process: from the application to underwriting to closing, you have secured your home loan and made the purchase you’ve been waiting for. However, borrowers often don’t realize that mortgage closing isn’t the end of the home loan process. Loans are commonly transferred to other companies for servicing—sometimes even before the first payment is made!

Read more about Explaining the Home Loan Process Part 6: Loan Service Transfer


Buying a home is not a one-step process. Most of us start by learning about the world of real estate and assessing our financial options. Next, it's time to explore the first formal step in the home loan process: the loan application.

Read more about Explaining the Home Loan Process Part 2: – The Application


Buying a new home is one of the most important and exciting decisions of your life, but it can also be one of the most challenging—especially if you don’t know what to expect during the mortgage process. Understanding how home loans work and getting prepared will set you up for success in the home buying process.

Read more about Explaining the Home Loan Process Part 1: – Getting Prepped


PennyMac issues the Year End Statement (also known as a Form 1098 or annual tax statement) annually to mortgagors for income tax reporting purposes. This statement includes the total amounts for interest paid and property taxes paid from your escrow account (if you have one) for the entire year.

Read more about Information on Your Year End Mortgage Tax Statements


Many potential homebuyers and investors overlook bank-owned properties, but for buyers who take the time to understand the REO process, these homes can be a significant opportunity.

Read more about The REO Guide: 10 Steps to Buying a Bank-Owned Home


Purchasing a new home is a huge undertaking. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve navigated the waters before, the process can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to go it alone. A real estate agent—specifically a buyer’s agent—will help with every step of the of the homebuying process.

Read more about The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent: Do I Need One?