Refinancing is a pretty simple concept. It means you pay off your existing mortgage and replace that loan with a different one. Many borrowers reach life-stages where changing the terms of their mortgage makes sense. For example, many older homeowners look to shorten the term of their mortgage to eliminate payments after retirement, while younger homeowners may wish to switch from an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to a fixed rate to ensure consistency as they settle into a new lifestyle. Families who outgrow their current homes may choose to tap their home’s equity in order to renovate or add on to their current home. Couples who divorce need to revise the mortgage terms to remove the former spouse from the obligation. Sometimes, when children are preparing to enter college, parents may choose to tap their home’s equity to help finance new educational expenses.
There are pro’s and con’s to refinancing. The key is to remember that refinancing can cost between 3-6% of the loan’s principal and it requires the same paperwork (see Refinance Checklist), fees and evaluation of the property value (appraisal) that an original mortgage does. It’s important to ask yourself some questions before considering a refinance:
1 – How long to I/we plan to live in this house?
2 – Do I need ...
Choosing a loan officer, like choosing a Realtor, is one of the most important decisions you can make when financing a home purchase. Your loan officer will be working very closely with you and sorting through a great deal of personal information, so you want to find someone who is responsive, well-versed in loan product options and trustworthy. Here are a few tips to find the right loan officer for you:
- Find someone who is interested in what is best for you. They should be collaborative and willing to listen and work with you to understand your needs and financial situation. Make sure it’s a good personality fit. Ask for references. Compare responses.
- Make sure the loan officer is established with a reputable company that has been recognized for excellence. NJ Lenders Corp. has many many loan officers that have achieved "5 Star Professional" and "Top 200 Mortgage Originator" status. The company is also consistently ranked as a top mortgage company year after year by various publications. For over 24 years NJ Lenders Corp has been a trusted mortgage lender serving customers. The company strives to make every client a "Customer For Life"
- Interest rate should not be ...
There are so many moving parts to the successful purchase of a home, and getting a mortgage is a big part of that. We’re often asked “what are you doing that whole time”? Here’s a simplified overview of what we do, as the lender, to make your mortgage:
Once you have a sales contract on the property signed by both parties, we recommend that you lock in your interest rate and confirm the specific of the loan. Your INTEREST RATE/LOAN LOCK will take place fairly early on during processing so that all subsequent documents reflect the correct loan program and the interest rate(s) you are committing to.
Speaking of process, the next step is, in fact, called PROCESSING. This is where we align your loan application with the loan product and interest rate you have locked. Loan Processing is the general term used while we collect and double-check all of your information and documents. It starts with the information on your application and your real estate purchase contract. All of the supporting documents and verifications are reviewed and checked until the information you provide (the documents, bank balances, credit reports, etc) is validated to ensure you have proper documents to commit to the loan and accept ownership of and responsibility for the home. Processing also includes several checkpoints based on the ...
The process of getting a mortgage has it’s own lexicon. There are words, acronyms and shorthand that take a little getting used to. Here’s a quick overview of a few of the terms you are likely to hear as you work with a Loan Officer on your mortgage:
The person borrowing the money to purchase or refinance a home (that’s you)
Usually a bank or financial institution who offers the mortgage to the borrower (that’s us)
The finance charge the borrower pays to use the Lender's money to purchase the Property
An agreement where a homeowner pledges an interest in their property (the house you have contracted to buy) as collateral for a loan on that same property
Everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. But there are a few things that you should keep in mind specifically about mortgages.
Some of them may surprise you . . . and all of them can be explained by a licensed loan officer. Here are our top 3 things we think you should know about mortgages:
1 - The higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate can be. Think about it, the lender is taking a big risk ...