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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.
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.