Basic Training

First and foremost, remember all those things that your parents taught you;

THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH

IF IT SEEMS TO BE TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT PROBABLY IS

ITíS NOT A BARGAIN IF YOU DONíT RECEIVE WHATíS PROMISED

TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED, etc., etc.

A zero point loan is one where the Lender is paying me for your loan. A zero cost loan (no out of pocket cost to you) is a loan where the Lender is paying me A LOT for your loan, so that I can afford to pay all the little fees that add up to a tidy sum. In these cases you get a higher interest rate for a lower (or no) cost. This isnít the best route for everyone, read on for details.

Rate shoppers are vulnerable to inaccurate interest rate quotes, price quotes and service promises. There are unfortunately many fees to any loan and most will not be revealed in a rate shopping phone call. Your loan is serious business that should include LIFETIME service. It begins a relationship that can serve you well long after your loan is funded. It may be more valuable to pay 1/8th more in rate (.125%) than to be old news when much later, you need a copy of your closing statement or advice on how to determine interest paid for taxes. If you grind your loan agent, you probably will not get a very good value for your efforts. Do it yourself lending is alive and well for those who have the time, money, and patience to risk it.

All lenders are in business to make money, but how they behave has more to do with how they feel about themselves than what is best or fair to you. I would rather do ten loans at a fair price than to soak someone once. We must pity the liars, cheaters, and incompetents, and avoid them.

If you are buying a home, get your loan approved before you even shop for a home. You can get a pre-approval even if you are self-employed or ďeasy qualify-stated incomeĒ. If you are looking for a competitive fixed rate loan, or higher loan to value (more that 80% of the purchase price), then you may need tax returns, pay stubs, etc. If you are putting down 20% of the purchase price or more, and you have decent credit, you just need a pulse to qualify for most adjustable rate loans today. I recommend adjustable rates for purchase loans unless you cannot sleep at night without a fixed rate. Rates change daily, sometimes more than once the same day. Trying to float a rate (not lock) until you can be certain of the closing date can be nerve racking. Since rates go in cycles, why not lock the fixed rate of your dreams as a refinance after you close your loan? Your real estate agent will love you.

Another alternative is a short term fixed, like a 3, 5, or 7 year fixed period followed by an adjustable period. Whatever you do, follow these rules;

UNLESS YOU ARE EXTREMELY SURE THAT YOU WILL KEEP THE HOME OR THE LOAN FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS, INVEST AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE IN ďPOINTSĒ. POINTS ARE PRE-PAID INTEREST TO BUY A LOWER RATE AND ARENíT WORTH IT IF YOU DONíT KEEP THE LOAN LONG ENOUGH TO RE-COUPE THE EXTRA COST. BE CAREFUL OF COSTS!

Example $100,000 x 8% = $8,000/year or $666.67/month interest only

$100,000 x 8.25% = $8,250/year or $687.50/month.

If you pay $1,000 to get 8% (one point) you will save approximately $20.83/month in interest. It will take you 48 months to re-coupe the one point. $1,000/20.83 = 48.0077 months. Most people in our society change homes that frequently. Even when they donít, other life changes call for new financing. Do the math or I will do it for you to determine which way is better for you.

AVOID PRE-PAYMENT PENALTIES. BE SURE TO ASK IF THERE IS ONE AND HAVE IT POINTED OUT IN YOUR LOAN DOCUMENTS BEFORE YOU SIGN. THE DOCUMENTS WILL ALWAYS STATE THAT THERE IS OR ISNíT A PRE-PAYMENT PENALTY.

The cost of a loan with a pre-pay is less, until you have to pay the penalty. Typically you pay more than four times in penalties than what you have saved in cost. Even if you feel certain that you are going to keep your home forever, donít make this mistake. No one has a crystal ball. Families suffer deaths, changes of job, divorce, and other unpredictable events. Your lender will not forgive a penalty. For some people, on some occasions a short (one year or less) pre-pay might be acceptable. It depends on your needs. Take time to think it out and talk it over.

ONCE YOUR LOAN HAS BEEN APPROVED, TRY TO GET A COPY OF THE LOAN DOCUMENTS TO REVIEW IN ADVANCE. ON REFINANCES YOU HAVE THREE DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND AFTER SIGNING BUT IN A PURCHASE THERE ISNíT A RECISSION PERIOD. CHECK THE TERM, RATE, PAYMENT, AND PRE-PAY BEFORE SIGNING.

The sad truth is that some people will try to take advantage of others. A real estate loan is a big deal. Take your time to do it right.

We will be happy to chat with you as long as you wish. You can reach us toll-free and very easily. My job is to educate you to make the best kredit ohne schufa berlin decision to suit your needs. I will ask you a lot questions. You can ask me even more. THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER IT IS FOR BOTH OF US.

The loan process is as follows;

1. Consultation: talk to us about what you want and who you are.

2. Application: mostly signing paper, a few easy questions.

3. Processing: we order credit report, appraisal, and title report.

4. Submission: we send your package to the source that offers what you want.

5. Approval with conditions: believe me, thereís almost always something.

6. More processing, order insurance.

7. Locking the program or rate: this step can occur earlier if appropriate to your needs.

8. Ordering loan documents

9. Signing loan documents: done with a notary, often at an escrow company.

10. Funding: the Lender wires the funds to the closing agent.

11. Closing: your loan documents are recorded and funds are distributed.

Normal turn around time is three weeks, but can range from a few days, with private party loans, to many months, in the case of newly built homes. Yes, approvals can be same day, but they are therefore conditional. Rates can be locked anytime, but better pricing is available after approval.

We earn our fees by counseling you to find the best fit to your individual needs and then preparing and sheparding your application through the process. It is a very creative occupation that seeks to overcome issues as we go along. Certainly there are easier loans and harder loans. We do whatever it takes to get the job done as quickly as possible. We would rather quote high and deliver low, estimate longer, and get done sooner, and manage your expectations so that we are realistic and you are not disappointed. It isnít that hard, if one is determined to be good. And it pays us great dividends in repeat and referral business.

 

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