Looking for the Top Mortgage Lender in New York City?
When you’re searching for your first home, you’re also searching for your first mortgage lender.
Now, it’s difficult to make specific recommendations on lenders because it’s way too tough to stay up to date on the many thousands of lenders who work in the New York State Area
However, USDALoanInfoNewYork can give you some very useful tips for how to approach your search for a lender.
When you’re looking for a mortgage lender you want start off by talking to a mortgage broker who has a good reputation in your area.
>>> WELCOME BACK. WHETHER IT IS TIME TO OWN YOUR DREAM HOME, FINDING THE RIGHT HOUSE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. >> FIGURING OUT HOW TO PAY FOR IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. JOINING ME NOW IS JEFF MCCARTHY AND PAT GOSA FROM FIRST BANK FINANCIAL CENTRE WITH SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS THAT YOU SHOULD WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AROUND FOR A MORTGAGE LENDER. GOOD TO SEE YOU GUYS THANKS FOR BEING HERE. AS I MENTIONED FINDING THE HOME IS LIKE THE FIRST GOOD LIKE MOMENT. THAT'S WHAT YOU GOT TO DO, BUT AFTER THAT, KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO TALK ABOUT WITH YOUR MORTGAGE LENDER OR SUCH IS IMPORTANT. >> ABSOLUTELY. SO MANY PEOPLE SPEND YOU KNOW MONTHS LOOKING FOR THE DREAM HOME, THAT THEY ARE GOING TO RETIRE IN OR RAISE THEIR FAMILY IN, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T TAKE THE TIME TO FIND THE RIGHT MORTGAGE LENDER FOR THEM. IT'S ALMOST AN AFTERTHOUGHT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. THAT CAN BE A BIG MISTAKE IN THE PROCESS. >> WHEN SHOULD PEOPLE START LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT LENDERS? IS THERE A SPECIFIC TIME? >> I TELL YOU, SOONER THAN LATER BECAUSE, YOU WOULD HATE TO HAVE TIFFANY SOMEBODY FIND THEIR DREAM HOME AND FIND OUT LATER THEY DON'T QUALIFY FOR THAT MORTGAGE LOAN. THE SOONER CAN YOU GET IN TO TALK TO A LENDER THE BETTER. AND PREPARE. WHETHER IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME BUYING A HOME OR FOURTH TIME, OUR GUIDELINES ARE ALWAYS CHANGING, THE LOAN PROGRAMS CHANGING, SO IT'S GOOD TO GET IN AND TALK ABOUT YOUR INDIVIDUAL SITUATION WHETHER IT BE INCOME, CREDIT, DOWN PAYMENT WHAT HAVE YOU. >> I KNEE BEING PRO APPROVED AND KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD ARE IMPORTANT. WHAT ARE THE VERY FIRST THINGS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR LENDER? IF I COME IN TO MEET WITH YOU OR ONE OF YOUR SALES STAFF WHAT SHOULD I BASICALLY SAY? >> USUALLY. PEOPLE HEAR FROM THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SAY FIND OUT WHAT THE RATES ARE AND CLOSING COSTS ARE. A IMPORTANT ASPECT OF COURSE. MORE IMPORTANT IS REALLY, ASKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENT LOAN PROGRAMS THEY MAY QUALIFY FOR. ALSO THEIR INCOME. YOU KNOW WE HAVE TO SOURCE THAT. IS IT JUST W2 INCOME, COMMISSION INCOME. WE NEWS INCOME THEY ARE TRYING TO COUNT TO QUALIFY. SAME WITH ASOCIETIES WE HAVE TO TRACK THOSE ASSETS A PAPER TRAIL WHERE ARE THEY COMING FROM. THE SALE OF A HOME OR ASSET. MONEY THAT IS GIFTED TO THEM. WE HAVE TO NAVIGATE THROUGH ALL OF THAT. THEN GIVE THEM A GREAT IDEA WHICH LOAN PROGRAM IS BEST FIT FOR THEM. >> THERE ARE DIFFERENT LOANS THAT CAN HELP YOU THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT. WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT A LENDER HAS EXPERIENCE? >> I THINK A LOT OF TIMES BECAUSE THEY ARE ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS. THEY ARE ASKING ABOUT THE INCOME, THE ASSETS AND WHAT HAVE YOU. THEY KNOW THE LOAN PROGRAMS, THE LOPE GUIDELINES. YOU WANT SOMEONE THAT IS VERY EXPERIENCED IN THOSE TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS NOT SO MUCH THE CUSTOMER ASKING YOU THE QUESTIONS, BUT SO THEN YOU CAN CREATE THAT PRODUCT FOR THEM, THAT FITS THEIR NEEDS. >> UH-HUH. DO YOU SEE OFTENTIMES PEOPLE COME IN AND THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO ASK OR THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD? >> EXACTLY. >> I BET. >> I REALLY SUGGEST PEOPLE TO GET IN AND GET PREQUALIFIED. EVEN BETTER TO GET PREAPPROVED THEN IT GOES TO THE UNDERWRITER TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ALL OF OUR DUCKS IN THE ROW. >>> A LOT OF PEOPLE I WOULD GUESS JUST GO IT THEIR PRIMARY BANK. THEY THINK OKAY I ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT WITH THESE PEOPLE THAT WORKS. I'M JUST GOING TO GO THERE BECAUSE I'M FAMILIAR WITH IT. THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE RIGHT DECISION. CORRECT? >> IT VERY WELL COULD BE. IT MIGHT NOT BE YOU'RE RIGHT. DOES THAT LENDER USE GRANTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS? DO THEY DO CONSTRUCTION LENDING. COULD THEY DO PORTFOLIO LENDING. FHA, VA. DO THEY HAVE ALL OF THE COATS IN THE RACK SO TO SPEAK WITH THE DIFFERENT LOAN PROGRAMS OUT THERE AND DO THEY UNDERSTAND THEM IF THEY DON'T DO A LOT OF THEM THEY MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST CHOICE. >> UH-HUH. >> ARE THEY COMPETITIVE WITH THEIR RATES OF COURSE AND CLOSING COSTS. >> LIKE YOU SAID THE FIRST THING PEOPLE THINK OF IS WHAT IS THAT PERCENTAGE AT. THAT'S WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT. IT IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF IT ALL. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK SETS YOU APART AT FIRST BANK FINANCIAL CENTER? >> FOR ME MY SALES TEAM. WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCED GROUP THEY KNOW TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. THEY ALSO HAVE A PASSION FOR THE BUSINESS LIKE I DO. THY THINK THEY WANT TO HELP THAT CUSTOMER HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE LOAN PROCESS AND, NAVIGATE AGAIN, TO BE YOU KNOW LIKE A FUN EXPERIENCE TOO. >> OWNING HOME IS STILL I THINK THE AMERICAN DREAM WHETHER IT IS A CONDO, A HOME, A TOWN HOME WHATEVER THAT MEANS TO YOU, OWNING I STILL THINK IS THE BIGGEST THING. YOU HAVE A GREAT OFFER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING TODAY TO WORK WITH YOU GUYS. >> WE DO FOR MORNING BLEND VIEWERS IF THEY GO TO FVFCWI. COM/300 CLOSING THEY CAN DOWNLOAD A COUPON FOR $300 OFF CLOSING COSTS. THEY CAN USE THAT MONEY FOR PAINT OR A RAKE, TO RAKE NEW LEAVES IN THEIR YARD. WHATEVER THEY NEED FOR THEIR NEW HOME. >>I LOVE IT IT'S GREAT YOU GUYS. PEOPLE CAN COME IN AND MEET WITH ANY OF YOUR GREAT STAFF. FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE QUALIFIED FOR OR DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOANS THAT WILL HELP THEM GET THE DREAM HOME THEY HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> HERE'S INFORMATION FOR FIRST FOR FOR FOR FIRST BANK FINANCIAL CENTER. THERE IS A COUPON ON THERE AS JEFF MENTIONED FOR $300 OFF OF CLOSING COSTS. MAKE SURE YOU DO THAT, GET THOSE $300 AND LIKE YOU SAID YOU CAN USE THAT FOR PAINT OR WHATEVER YOU WANT MAYBE TOWARDS THE NEW.
You should also, at the same time, talk to a regional lender, a credit union (if you belong to one or you can join one) and a small local bank.
Each of these different types of lenders will offer different loan programs at different prices.
You should also ask friends and relatives who they’ve used for their home loans and how the experience went.
But emphasis is on the experience.
I have a great friend who once asked her sister for a lender recommendation, and the sister gave her a name and my friend had this horrific experience.
And when she went back to her sister to see what kind of experience her sister had had with this person, the sister confirmed that she, too, had a horrific experience.
“Hello! Why did you give me that lender’s name?” my friend asked, and the sister said, “Well you weren’t specific that you wanted someone good.
Sounds like a Seinfeld episode, right? And yet, this kind of stuff goes on all the time.
So here are some questions you should ask the person providing the recommendation that will help separate the wheat from the chaff:
- Did the lender repeatedly ask for the same documents?
- Is the lender organized?
A good lender should enable you to close on a home within about forty-five days – unless there’s some real serious problems with the house – so make sure to ask your friends and relatives if their lenders were able to meet that standard.
It may sound obvious, but it’s a good idea to look for a lender who specializes in making residential loans and has a reputation in your area for coming through with these loans.
Banks that aren’t generally known for their mortgage lending can be tougher to work with than some of the really big lenders.
And while you may be thinking to yourself, “I want to avoid the big banks,” you’re probably going to end up with one anyway.
Even if you go with a mortgage broker, that mortgage broker may actually work with a whole bunch of big lenders to fund your loan.
Above all, you need to find a lender that helps you understand the mortgage application process in a way that makes you feel comfortable and secure.
This is a huge decision.
You’re going to finance this property for the long run, and you want to do that with the right kind of partner.
And I just want to give a shoutout to anybody who is closing around October of 2015.
If you are, please watch the videos that I’ve made on the TILA-RESPA changes that are coming your way.
Right now they’re scheduled to go into effect October 3rd of 2015.
If you are looking to close around that, either before or after, you may have to build in some extra time to make sure that you don’t get caught up in all the craziness that’s going to go on I think when TILA-RESPA actually goes into effect.
When a person is in bad credit, it depicts to the world that he is not worthy of credit. If he tries to take a personal loan, banks and financial institutions will shut their doors on him. Only sub prime bad credit lenders will give him money but they will charge exorbitant rates of interest. However, he can avoid all these problems if he goes in for a mortgage loan. In this type of loan, the borrower has to give same asset as a security for the loan. If he defaults on the loan, the lender can sell the asset and use that money to realize the loan.
Mortgage lenders charge very reasonable rates of interest as their own risk is very less. Bad mortgage lenders may charge a small premium fee as compared the ordinary mortgage lenders as it is considered a huge risk to lend money to a person in bad credit. Forbes and various other agencies conduct surveys and compile a top ten list of bad mortgage lenders. Based on these data, let us analyze the names that are on the list.
Citigroup: The largest financial services company not only in America but in the entire world-this honor goes to Citigroup, whose assets exceed $1trillion. It has more than 200 million customers in more than 100 countries. It is largest issuer of credit cards in the entire world. It survived the great Depression, innovated itself in the mid-20th century and feel into a series of scandals in the early 2000s. Still, it holds its ground because of its unparalleled service and total solutions. Its major competitors are J. P. Morgan chase & co., Bank of America Corporation and Merrill Lynch & co. Citigroup has a still longer way to go. It has set its aspiration for a 75% increase in dividends. Only time will tell if this dream is to become a reality.
Citigroup tops the Forbes list as the best mortgage company for bad credit. One main reason for this is the unparalleled customer service that this company provides. This corporate giant has a large network of support to ease the application and use of mortgage loans for its borrowers. It has a great reputation that it preserves untarnished. It operates in moose than 54 countries apart from America. In 2006 alone, it had revenue of $108 billion and current assets of $1.3 trillion.
Bank of America: Next in line appears the Bank of America. It ranks second in the Forbes list. This is America's leading bank. It is a leader in offering mortgage services and small loans to its customers. It is not only the third largest American bank but is also a guru in credit card dealing. The best part in availing a mortgage here is
i) There is no application fee and closing fees here
ii) There is no need for private mortgage insurance
iii) it has close on-time guarantee and the best value guarantee
iv) Bank of America have 24/7 support to check application status and get real time status updates.
Wells Fargo Bank: Wells Fargo is the major American mortgage company. It has more than thousand branches spread across the world. Out of its' revenue of $33 million in 2005, mortgage lending contributed a major portion. As per the market cap, this bank is the 9th largest in the world and it is the 5th largest bank in America as per its assets. It has more than 23 million customers and nearly 160, 000 employees.
Wachovia: Wachovia is the fourth largest mortgage bank in America. They have a 25% discount offer on the origination fee if you use their online service. Wachovia assists mortgage-takers in every step from buying a new house to moving in. In fact, they have a 'Move Easy with Wachovia' program wherein you can avail their moving service at no additional cost plus you can even win a cash reward if you use their network real estate agent to purchase your house.
Golden West Financial Corporation: The third largest savings and loan corporation in America is the Golden West Financial Corporation. It has nearly 450 locations. This is one of the best and largest bad mortgage lenders in America. It focuses mostly on the individual home buyers. One small disadvantage of this company is its traditional nature. It is not quick in taking up and offering the zillions of other little products and services that other companies offer. But, still it has held its ground even in difficult economic environment.
BB & T: BB & T provides total financial solutions for everyone-right from student loan and home loans to loans for raising capital and financing businesses. They offer credit cards, insurance, merchant services and all. It is the nation's 14th largest financial-holding company and has locations in over 11 states at 1500 places including the Washington D. C. It has nearly 29000 employees to provide a total comprehensive service solution.
Popular: Puerto Rico's largest bank is Banco Popular and this is a subsidiary of Popular Inc., a bank holding company. It is the largest vehicle-leasing and daily-rental company of Puerto Rico and issues mortgages and other loans. It has seen a rapid growth in US in last few years and now stands as one of the leading provider's of bad mortgage loans.
After this appear M & T, Marshall and ILSLEY, Amsouth Bancorp and Synovus Financial. They find a prominent place in most of the lists of bad mortgage lenders. This list is neither accurate for all times nor is it comprehensive.
So, always shop around and get quotations from various lenders before choosing the lender who is best suited for your financial situation. Remember the business maxim 'caveat emptor' - 'let the buyer be aware' applies to mortgage loans too.