What Are the Benefits Of Working With A Local Lender?
We have been in business for over 20 years here in Atlanta and are local. If you want to close your loan on time, it's best to work with a local lender, like us! We have local staff and will ensure your deal gets closed on time.
Availability is the most important aspect of any company’s customer service experience. If you have questions or needs about your loan, you can call, text, or email your agent, even if it's after hours. They are available when clients are out looking at houses and whenever else they are needed. Additionally, they explain the whole process, so that everyone understands exactly what they're getting into. Well, why should you expect any different from your lender? The answer is, you shouldn’t. You should receive the exact same respect and we pride ourselves on that!
One of the biggest changes in the lending world in over 20 years occurred on October 3. Things that have been around for 50 years are no more. You'll no longer hear about the Good Faith Estimate, which is replaced by the Loan Estimate, and there is no more HUD-1, as it has been replaced by the Closing Disclosure. In addition, new hard stops and timeframes have been instituted and have to be met before a loan can be closed. These changes are to ensure the consumer knows what their loan is before it closes and to make sure there are no surprises.
To make sure the process moves smoothly, it's crucial to understand that the days of closing a loan in 10 days are over. If you plan on buying a home, whether you're a first-time buyer or a luxury buyer, it's never too early to talk to a lender. You can reach us at 770-824-9777 if you have any lending questions. Or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Causes A Loan To Fall Through?
Today, we’re going to talk about why some loans fall apart before they get to the closing table.
1. Misinformation. Now, the client is not misleading anyone on purpose. Once you’ve made an offer on a home, we will start to verify the information you submitted for your pre-approval. Let’s say you have a catering business that you do on the side, and it’s on your tax return but you forgot to mention it to the loan officer. That could be the difference between the loan working out or not working out.2. Timely information. You will have to get a lot of information to the loan officer, to your agent, to home insurance companies, and more. It is important that you submit the information as soon as possible. If your loan officer asks you for pay stubs, get the pay stubs over that day or the next day. There’s a lot of things going on, so getting things in on time is crucial.3. Uncontrolled factors.Appraisals, CondoCerts, home inspections, and job loss are the main four. If the appraisal comes in low and the listing agent doesn’t want to negotiate, the loan could fall through. CondoCerts make sure the condo is warranted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to protect the consumer. If you get a home inspection back and the repairs cost more than what you are approved for, the loan would fall through. If you lose your job, you could lose your loan if you don’t have an offer for another job.One thing that is in your control is major purchases. Don’t go and buy a new car or a boat before you close on the home. The loan will fall through.
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How To Determine How Much House You Can Afford
Are you a first time home buyer? Are you trying to determine your budget? We (lenders) are more than happy to help you find your answer(s), but here are some tips to get you started:
One of the first things that you’ll want to look at is your credit. If you do not have any credit established, you’re going to need to start there. You can establish credit by opening up a credit card (for first timers, I have heard great reviews about the Chase Freedom Unlimited card). Once you’ve been approved, it’s going to take at least a few months to build up a credit score. They will start by allotting you a certain limit (example: you can only spend $700 a month). It is best to keep your utilization under 30%. Therefore, if your limit is $700, then try not to spend more than $210 a month on your credit card. Most importantly, NEVER be late on your payments. This will negatively impact your score in a big way. Another factor that will impact your credit is a loan (student loans, car loans, medical bills, etc.). This will be taken into account as well, which includes your payment history for each individual loan. Sites such as Credit Karma can help to give you an idea of your current score, however, your lender will pull a report that is much more accurate. Don’t be surprised if they are different.
The next item you will want to look at is your debt. As mentioned previously, this involves any loans that you currently have open in your name, as well as any unpaid credit card bills. Even something as simple as a medical bill can affect this. Have you ever had to go to the ER? Did you pay off every bill from that visit? Luckily, your credit report will show any delinquent bills that you may not be aware of. Make it a priority to pay off any debts in question.
Once you’ve built up a decent credit score and have paid off all your debts, you’re going to need to look at your salary. Lenders will only ask for your gross salary, however, you will also want to keep in mind some other important factors, such as: what your salary is after taxes, how much you spend monthly on bills, etc. To play it safe, you’ll want to use THIS number (what you get after subtracting bills, taxes, etc.) to ensure that your home purchase will not be putting you into debt. You will typically want to place your max budget as 3x your gross salary.
Lastly, you will need to save up for a down payment. If you search the internet, I’m sure that most places will say that you need 20% down. While 20% is ideal, most people on average only put 3-5% down. You will need a minimum of 3% down (unless you use a VA loan), but realistically, try to stick to 5-10%. Therefore, if you’re looking for a house that’s $200,000, then be prepared to put about $10,000 down (that’s 5%).
Feeling overwhelmed? Start herewith Zillow’s free house affordability calculator. It might not be 100% accurate, but it can at least point you in the right direction.
Give us a call today! We can help you through the entire process, including helping you raise your credit score, offer financial advice, and everything in between! 770-824-9777