Pack a House-Hunting Readiness Kit

Military buyers need to be prepared to move fast when they find the right house. Suggest that buyers bring the following:

  • Lender's preapproval letter
  • W-2 forms (member and spouse) for the past two years
  • At least the two most recent months of Leave and Earnings Statements and spouse's pay stubs
  • Copies of statements for at least the two most recent months of savings and checking accounts and any other accounts that may be used for earnest money and down payments
  • Checkbook
  • General or real estate specific power of attorney for an absent spouse
  • Digital camera, video camera, or smartphone