In this post, USDALoanInfoNewYork wants to talk about hiring a really good loan officer or Mortgage Lender in New York and the importance of doing that, especially when searching for a USDA Loan in New York.
We want to give you a real-life scenario that happened to a buyer who was searching for a mortgage lender in New York this week. This should serve as a sample to really drive home the point on how important it is to hire and make sure you get a really good loan officer.
USDALoanInfoNewYork believes that you should search for an honest mortgage lender, no matter where your house buying adventure takes you.
To get started with our Mortgage Lender example, we find ourselves taking a buyer call with what happened. One of our officers had just got back from vacation and found out that there was a problem with the USDA Loan in New York. The lender that the prospect had hired actually made an error which delayed three days of the process!
How's it going everyone? Matt Leighton, welcome back to another video. In this episode, we are talking mortgages,lending. I'm here with Rich Conlon from Atlantic CoastMortgage. Say what's up Rich. Hi, Rich Conlon, Atlantic Coast Mortgage. Loan Officer. Born and raised in Vienna, Virginia. Love the area. Still live in the area. Just here to help out with my man Matt andhelp answer any questions. Awesome, whenever someone has a mortgage questionfurther than "What is the rate?", I just tell them to talk to Rich. I know a little bit about mortgages. Buttoday we're talking about the top mistake people are making when they're applying fora loan. You see all these loan commercials. It's funny, when we get the primer, one-sheeterson the list of things NOT to do. One of them is like, "Don't go and buy a boat". Don't buy a new car. I'm thinking to myself, nobody in the historyof loans has ever gone under contract and then bought a boat the day after. I'm sure it has happened. But it obviously is not the number one mistakepeople are making when they're trying to buy a home. That's where Rich comes in. Rich, you're on the spot here. What is the number one thing people are doing,that they shouldn't be doing when they're applying for a loan with you guys? It's simple, it's before you even get to contract. It's just waiting until the last minute toget pre-approved. We understand circumstances sometimes that'sjust how it is. The big thing is, after meeting your agent,talking about price ranges and goals, the next step, it can't hurt to just reach outto a lender or two or three and start identifying what you can actually qualify for. That's the best thing. The earlier the better. Main reason is that it allows time to findany potential pitfalls that can come back in the underwriting process a week beforeclosing. Last minute surprises are the worst. Nobody wants that. Getting pre-approved early is always better. It allows time to figure out if there areany extra hoops to jump through. That just gives you better piece of mind. When you're out with your agent. Definitively what you can and can't qualifyfor. In addition, we always like to provide youwith estimates on homes that you're going to go see so when you're looking at them,the wheels are turning. What are my payments going to be like? There's a ton of benefits to getting preapprovedearly, rather than waiting for the last minute. And it is beneficial from the very beginningall the way to settlement. It will make your transaction much more transparent,seamless, and less stressful. It takes a village. And it just helps when everything is linedup. Yeah certainly execution is the number onething. You can look online at how to apply for amortgage, what pitfalls to avoid, how to do this, how to do that. At the end of the day, actually going out,going on your lender's website and getting preapproved. You know when I'm working with buyers, I alwaysask two very important questions. Number one: are you already working with areal estate agent. Very important. I've not asked that in the past and it's comeback to bite me, believe it or not. Well, it's very easy to believe actually. And number two, are you pre-approved witha local lender? If you are looking for homes and you are notpre-qualified, you are not a serious buyer. You are wasting your time. You might say "well, I'll just get a letteronce I write a contract, it's fine". Well, my buyers already have that letter andthey will beat you to the punch and get their offer in before you. Nobody likes to get bad news. You don't want to waste your time fallingin love with something that you ultimately don't qualify for. We find that our clients 99% of the time arepre-approved early just makes your guy's time much more efficient and you know what youcan qualify for. All of your processes are so streamlined justto a T that if you do them, you will get qualified, you will have your letter. The reason you screw up is you go off astray,you don't return calls, you don't return emails. We're a referral-based company so communicationis key. Delivery, setting expectations and obviosulymeeting those expectations. Pre-approvals we can do in as little as 24-hoursand especially in this market. Spring time, summer time, that's what it takes. Speed kills. That's how we like to operate. And communicating to you and your agent sowe can all move quickly. Awesome, there you have it from Rich Conlon,Atlantic Coast Mortgage here in Northern Virginia. If you have any questions about the top mistakeor any mortgage and lending related questions, I'll list Rich's information in the descriptionbelow. Thank you very much for watching. Until next time, create a productive day. Take care.
The Mortgage Lender wasn’t using the builders lender so what happened is the Builder was charging them $300 per day for every day they did not close.
The prospective client was getting hit with a $900 bill the good thing is they had a really good loan officer with a really good company and they basically stepped up to the plate and paid that bill!
Here, you might be thinking to yourself well yeah of course they should and you’re absolutely right. They should but, we have been on the end where these lending companies not they’re just like ‘hey we’re sorry this stuff happens it’s not our fault we’ll get the loan done as quick as we can’.
There’s situations, especially in this market right here in Pennsylvania that we’re in – meaning we are in a seller’s market – where, if you don’t close on time and there’s a backup offer that’s better than yours on a pre-owned home.
If that happens, they might just cancel the contract and they let it expire and take the other offer.
If you’re working with a builder or if it’s on a relocation company, there’s a per diem every day if you don’t close and it could wind up into hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
If you’re searching for a Mortgage Lender in New York, you need to make sure the lending company that you hire is:
-Understands the USDA Eligibility Guidelines
AND is someone who’s going to do the right thing. USDALoanInfoNewYork suggests that you always ask for references.
The best place to start is your real estate agent if they’ve been in the business a while they should have a really good relationship with a really good loan officer and mortgage lender company.
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What is the best loan program for a first-timehomebuyer? How's it going everyone, Matt Leighton welcomeback to another video. In this video we're going to go over the bestloan program for a first-time homebuyer. I'm here with Sean Glennon. Sean, take it away, what's the best programfor a first-time homebuyer? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So it depends. Now there's a lot of first-time homebuyerpopular loan programs and it really depends on what you're capabilities are in terms ofdownpayment, whether or not you have gift funds to use toward the downpayment or closingcosts, what your income limit is, that's a big one. How many people are going to be on the loan,because a lot of these first-time homebuyer loans, what the big difference is betweenthem and other typical loan products is that there are restrictions. They don't want to be given 100% financingproducts to people who aren't making a ton of money and things like that so income limits,sales price limits, credit score limits, all that is going to be apart of these programsbut we can dive into some of the more specific. Let me ask you this, if you are a Veteran,and also a first-time homebuyer, is it a no-brainer that the VA loan program is the best program? Yes. Absolutely. Alright so obviously if you're a Veteran,first of all THANK YOU, and then go with the VA loan program, there is no competition. So with that being said, let's just focuson conventional and FHA because with FHA 3. 5% down, compared to Conventional, you can goas low as 5%? Or can you go lower than that? There's actually a new loan program you cango lower. When we talk loan programs, the first thingyou're going to want to do is get pre-approved to determine what you're qualifications areand what doors are opening or closing to you depending on whether you fit the bill forcertain programs. 100% financing, VA, USDA, and USDA is a ruralhousing loan so if you're looking in and around cities, it really won't be applicable to you. And VA only if you're a Veteran; are goingto be your best 100% financing products. Now there are certain loan programs in eachstate that usually have first-time homebuyer 100% financing needs. In Virginia, VHDA is the one that comes tomind as the most popular. But most people are going to fall into theumbrella as FHA or conventional loans. FHA is going to be 3. 5% down and is very friendlyon underwriting guidelines. Conventional is a little bit more strict,but recently they actually came out with a program that is trying to compete with FHA. It's called Fannie Mae's Home Ready Programthat allows for a 3% downpayment instead of the typical 5% downpayment. Yeah a lot of times you're seeing people diveto what's the lowest downpayment I can have? That has to be the best loan, maybe that'sright, maybe not because with FHA you do have the monthly insurance on the loan there'sanother program with the conventional. And let me ask you this, are people re-financingout of these loans? For instance, I had a client a couple weeksago they went in with a VHDA loan which is Virginia-specific, so if you're not in Virginia,you may not be aware, but they went in with that and I don't know a week later or whateverthe minimum time is that you can re-finance, they said oh yeah, that's what we're goingto do. Are you seeing this? Or is this kind of a unique situation? No, I've seen a lot of it. What a typical game plan is for a lot of peopleis, a disclaimer that you can't always bank on re-financing because you never know whererates are headed. But as long as rates stay solid or at leastin the range that we've seen them right now, or around where you originally purchased yourhome, it's very common for people to bite the bullet and get the VHDA or FHA loan whichcarries with it a little more in fees and mortgag insurance and things like that. But it allows them to get in the propertywith very little out-of-pocket and then once they get a little equity in the property orsave up a little money, they try to re-finance into a conventional loan to eliminate someof that burden with the mortgage insurance and things like that. Get themselves a much more healthy and manageablemonthly payment. Yeah the VHDA loan program is becoming morepopular here in Virginia but sometimes with these loan programs it's really hard to getinto, you have to be making $82k - $85k, be born in a certain ZIP code, and be left handedand live on Main Street or something like that where it's like it shouldn't have tobe that hard. Quickly go over maybe a broad overview ofwhat it takes to be eligible for a certain grant program like the VHDA. Well some of these grant programs, most ofthem are all going to have income limits. So that's the big one. If you're making $250,000, there's a goodchance you're not going to qualify for the local first-time homebuyer and grant programs. Income limits, sales price limits, heightenedcredit score minimums. When they're giving out 100% financing, that'sa high-risk loan so they want to give it to borrowers that are well qualified. There are a lot of niche things that go alongwith it and the grant program. VHDA is a little more broad, but county and local grant programseven more, very niche, sometimes you're in a lottery with others. It's a nice thing to have in your back pocketbut nothing I would recommend anyone bank on. Good to know. So we're going to wrap this video up withone final question. But you know obviously this is more Virginia-centered,there's VHDA loan program, in your own state, there might be other grants available. So maybe FHA is right for you or maybe talkto your lender and find out the grants available. Sean my question is, if you were to imagineyour last 100 first-time homebuyers, out of those 100, what's the most popular loan programthat you're seeing for first-time homebuyers? I would say if you had asked me for any yearin the last 8 or 9 years I've been in the business, the answer would be FHA. I would say since Fannie Mae last year rolledout there Home Ready Program with 3% down, most homebuyers do qualify for it and fallwithin the income limit. The area median income limit, you can actuallylook it up on Fannie Mae's website. As long as you fall under that, you qualifyfor, it does give a little more beneficial terms on the mortgage insurance terms, it'sa half percent lower on downpayment, and there's a little more flexibility with some of thethings that you can do down the line with the loan like remove the mortgage insurance. I would say FHA, historically, Fannie MaeHome Ready Program recently. Things are changing. So FHA for the longest time was the best optionout there, it may still be the best option depending on your circumstance, but you mayknow the best option, but your lender will know the best option. Be sure you're talking with local lendersout there and know all your options because a lot of things are changing in terms of guidelines,what I'll do is link and list a video up here in the corner that talks about recent changesin the market place that may affect which loan program that you being available to getinto and get a loan. You got it out. T-t-t-t-today Junior. What movie is that from? Billy Madison. Well on that note Sean, why don't you tellthe people where they can connect with you. You can email me at sglennon@hstmortgage. Comor call the office. Myself or anyone else in The Glennon Groupwill be happy to answer your call and help you with any questions. 703-766-4630. And my man Matt will hook it up down loan. Thank you very much for watching. Until next time, create a productive day. Take care.
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What questions should I ask a mortgage broker?If you're dealing with a mortgage broker there's some questions that you should ask both onyour first meeting with the mortgage broker and throughout working with your mortgagebroker to make sure that you're getting the best service possible. I'm going to go through10 different questions that you can ask your broker to make sure you're getting the loanthat you need and the service that you want. The first question that I think everyone shouldask a mortgage broker is a pretty straightforward one. And that's, "How much will it cost me?"Most mortgage brokers actually work for free. So it doesn't actually cost you anything inorder to do it. They get money because they are paid by the banks when you successfullyget a loan. So they get a small commission of the loan that you apply for and if youget it. So most mortgage brokers will work for free and it won't cost you anything. However,there are some mortgage brokers out there who do require deposits or who do requireyou to pay. So, it's important to ask, "How much will this cost me?" when assessing whichmortgage broker you want to go with. Another question that you want to ask themortgage broker is simply, "How much do you earn in commission from me and from my loan?"This is less to understand exactly how much they make. If you want to understand how muchmortgage brokers make, I've done an episode on that, which you can check out at onproperty. Com. Au/172. And you can see what percentage of commissions they make and things like that. But it's moreto understand whether or not they'll be willing to give you this information. A transparentmortgage broker is someone that'd be willing to give you this information and you knowthat they have your best interest at heart. If they skirt around this issue and they don'ttell you how much they earn. 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It's one thing to call up a mortgage broker and just to get an estimateof your borrowing capacity but if you're going through pre-approval and stuff like that,then you're going to need to provide the mortgage broker with more in-depth details. You mightneed pay slips; you might need proof of identity, all of that sort of stuff. If you ask themupfront, "What details do you need from me?" And when you go to your meeting with themyou actually provide them with those details, well that just makes things so much easier. Remember, a mortgage broker is only paid once the deal goes through and once you actuallyget financing. So the easier you make it for them, the more likely you are going to getbetter service. Which leads me to my next question is, "Howcan I make your life easier?" Or "What can I do as a client to make this go as smoothlyas possible?" You have the goal of getting financed for your property, the mortgage brokerhas a goal of you getting financed for your property and no one wants it to be difficult. And so, if you can ask the mortgage broker, "Look, how can I work with you? How can Imake things easy for you?" They're the experts; they know what they're doing. They can tellyou exactly what they need and then you can work hard to provide that for them so thatthey can get everything across the line as quickly as possible. You know, I have customers,I deal with customers and even though I'm not a mortgage broker myself, I know thatwhen there's difficult customers that you don't want to deal with, it just makes lifeso much harder and you don't want to work hard for those people. And when there's customerswho are really nice to you and who try really hard to help you provide them with the serviceyou provide, you will bend over backwards to do anything you can for those customersto get them across the line, to help them as much as possible. So, be one of those customersthat the mortgage broker wants to bend over backwards to help you because you have theirinterest at heart as well. You want to see them get paid. You want to see them do aneasy mortgage so they get paid easily. And so you can develop a relationship into thefuture. So ask them, "How can I make your life easier?" Next question is, "Which lenders can I borrowthe most from?" Most people go into a mortgage broker looking for the cheapest interest ratepossible. What is the cheapest interest rate I can get? And the fact of the matter is amortgage broker is likely to show you the banks that will lend you the amount of moneyyou need and will also have the cheapest interest rate as well. However, they might not showyou banks that will lend you more money than you potentially need at the moment. Now, it'simportant to ask, "Which lenders can I borrow the most from?" because this will help youto project into the future. Maybe you don't need to know that for this loan right nowbut maybe, in the future, you might need to borrow money again and you know, or roughlymy borrowing capacity is this. Or if you find out which lenders you can borrow more from,and you find that you can actually borrow an extra $300,000, well you might split upyour deposit and invest in two investment properties instead of just one. And so askingthem, "Which lenders can I borrow the most from?" is a great question to ask to reallyunderstand your position. Because, yes, interest rate is important but how much you can borrowis also important as well. Another question to ask your mortgage brokeris, "Can I see a full list of my borrowing options?" 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