An overview of the LOAN PROCESS
Make no mistake, there’s a lot involved in getting a mortgage loan. You wouldn’t be here on our website if you could fill out a one-page application and get the best loan for you funded the same day. What we do is most of the heavy lifting for you, so you can concentrate on what’s important — preparing to move into your new home, saving money, or making plans for your HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT.
There are four main steps involved in GETTING A LOAN. You’ll see that we’ve made your part in them as easy as possible, and we do all the work! That’s what we’re here for.
Step one: determine how much you can borrow
This is a function of a couple things. How much of a monthly payment can you afford? And given your unique credit and employment history, income and debt, and goals, how much will a LENDER LOAN you? The first part you can get a rough idea of by using the calculators on our website. We’ll also help you through different scenarios by asking a few simple questions. Based on standard lender guidelines, we’ll get you a good idea of what kind of terms and loan program you can expect to benefit most from.
Step two: pre-qualify for your loan
This is where the rubber meets the road and you save the most money. You supply information about your employment, your assets, your residence history, and so on. We get your permission to run YOUR CREDIT SCORE. When we review all this information we give you a Pre-Qualification Letter. Handle it with care — to a home seller, it’s like a suitcase full of cash! Your realty agent will use your Pre-Qual (as they may call it) to make the best offer on the home you choose, and the seller knows you’re pre-qualified. It gives you buying clout! And while you’re picking out the home that’s right for you, we’re busy finding the loan that’s right for you.
Step three: apply now! We make it easy
Once you’ve made an offer and it’s been accepted, it’s time to complete the loan application. It couldn’t be easier, and you can do it online, right here at our website. When the time is right, we’ll order an appraisal of your new home.
Step four: your loan is funded
Your realty agent and the seller’s will work together to designate an escrow/title company to handle the funding of your loan once it’s approved. We’ll coordinate with the escrow company to make sure all the papers your lender will need are in order, and you’ll sign everything at the escrow/title company’s office.
You’ve answered a few questions, given us some detailed information, applied online, and next thing you know, you’re moving in! We’re in the business of MORTGAGE LOANS — so we do most of the work. Doesn’t that make sense?
What does it COST TO REFINANCE? What are the benefits?
Ever heard the old rule of thumb, you should only refinance if your new interest rate is at least two points lower? That may have been true years ago, but with refinancing dropping in cost over the last few years, it’s never the wrong time to think about a new loan! Refinancing has a number of benefits that often make it worth the up-front expenditure many times over.
When you refinance, you might be able to lower your interest rate and monthly payment — sometimes significantly. You might also be able to “cash out” some of the built-up equity in your home, which you can use to CONSOLIDATE DEBT, improve your home, take a vacation — whatever! With lower rates and balances, you might also be able to build up home equity faster with a shorter-term new mortgage.
All these benefits do cost something, though. When you refinance, you’re paying for most of the same things you paid for when you obtained your original mortgage. These might include settlement costs and other fees, an appraisal, lender’s title insurance, underwriting fees, and so on.
You might have to pay a penalty if you refinance your previous mortgage too quickly. That depends on the terms of your existing mortgage. These penalties are illegal in some places, and more often than not when you have one of these penalties on your CURRENT MORTGAGE it applies only for the first year or two. We’ll help you figure it out.
You might pay points to get a more favorable interest rate. If you pay (on average) three percent of the loan amount up front, your savings for the life of the new mortgage can be significant. You should be aware that the IRS has recently said that points paid for the purpose OF REFINANCING your mortgage cannot be deducted in their entirety in the year you pay them, unless the refinanced loan is primarily for home improvements. Consult your tax professional before deducting points you pay on your new mortgage from your federal income taxes.
Speaking of taxes, if you lower your interest rate, naturally you will be lowering the amount of mortgage interest payments you can deduct from your federal income taxes. This is another cost that some borrowers consider. We can help you do the math!
Ultimately, for most people the amount of up-front COSTS TO REFINANCE are made up very quickly in monthly savings. We’ll work with you to determine what program is best for you, considering your cash on hand, how likely you are to sell your home in the near future, and what effect refinancing might have on your taxes.
Did You Know
- $0 Application Fee and $0 closing Cost Options
- Pre-Approvals in 10 minutes over the phone
- Home Mortgage Cash Out / Equity Loans up to 80% of Home Value
- Jumbo Loans up to 90% of Value
- FHA Lending with as low as 640 Credit Score
- All Loan Officers are NMLS licensed and located in Austin
- Purchase Loans in 14 Days
- Our Average Lender can close your Loan in 21 Days
- We can search up to 34 local and national lenders within in just a few minutes
- We can meet you locally at our office conveniently located in Downtown Austin
- Cash out Rates are very similar if not identical to a rate / term refinance