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An Excellent Credit Score can Save you Big Money

An Excellent Credit Score can Save you Big Money

As interest rates on long-term mortgages continue to rise, buying a home at today’s record-high prices can be a challenge. However, a recent study from Zillow found that there is one thing home buyers can do to save themselves big time when it comes to mo

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Don't Let Rates keep you from Buying or Selling

Don't Let Rates keep you from Buying or Selling

It's no secret that mortgage interest rates have risen this year. Rates have risen almost four percentage points in less than a year. That kind of rate increase can be stressful for home buyers? But what about home sellers? How do increasing rates affect

Sep 20, 2022 | Interest Rates

How A Bridge Loan Can Help You Build a New Home

How A Bridge Loan Can Help You Build a New Home

In today’s housing market with sparse inventory, many people are opting for new builds or even to build their own custom homes.  If you’re interested in building on a piece of property but unsure how to afford the cost until you sell your current home, a

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Buying a Vacation Home: A Quick Guide

Buying a Vacation Home: A Quick Guide

Having a second home for weekend or summer escapes is a priority for many Americans. If you’re interested in buying a vacation home, here’s a quick guide to the essential steps: Determine If You are Buying a Second Home or a Rental Property Many people re

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Will Getting a Mortgage Help My Credit Score?

Will Getting a Mortgage Help My Credit Score?

While buying a house, your credit score is very important to securing mortgage funding. But what about after you close on the sale? How will a home loan affect your credit? The good news is that in most cases, obtaining and paying a mortgage will actually

Aug 30, 2022 | Credit

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Jumbo Loan Questions

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Jumbo Loan Questions

If you live in one of our nation’s pricier areas or if you want to buy a home significantly above the median price for your area, you’ll probably need a jumbo loan. If you’re not familiar with these types of mortgages, here are some of the frequently aske

Aug 23, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

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                                          Don’t Get a Mortgage from a Company that has “Bank” in its name

When buying or refinancing a home, most people don’t even know the first place to start the process. While some may know someone that knows someone, the majority turn to a bank that they have dealt with in the past or an advertisement they see on television for their first call. Others will turn to the internet and take a shot in the dark to see if they hit the target. Unfortunately for these people, after everything is said and “closed”, they realistically didn’t ever have a chance to really see the target. With all of the marketing gimmicks that you see (No closing costs, no money down, $5000 incentive if you pick this lender….. Blah, Blah, Blah!!!!!!), it is very difficult to understand what is the best path and the most sound financial decision when buying a home.

 Before the crash in 2009, everybody played the rate game with lenders, and whoever gave the borrower the best rate won. What most people didn’t realize was that the higher the rate, the more money the bank would make. This was called a yield spread premium. The higher the rate, the higher the yield in the bank’s pocket. Well, that is not the case anymore. The best rate is not always the best decision. Since the controversial “Dodd Frank Act”, the rules have changed drastically, and what most do not realize, this is what changed the game for consumers in a very positive way. Instead of the bank getting paid more when they charge a higher rate, now the homebuyer gets the paycheck the bank used to get to put towards their own closing costs. Yield Spread premium is now called a “Lender Credit”. This means that you can now decide on the rate that best fits your financial situation. For example, at 4% interest on a 30 year conventional mortgage the lender will pay 1% of the loan amount towards your closing costs. If the rate is moved to 4.25%, then the lender will pay back 1.25% of the loan amount. At 4.5% they may credit you 1.5% and so on. Based on a $100,000 loan the credits to you would be $1000, $1250 and $1500 respectively.

How does this help you?   

For someone that may have little money to put down at closing, taking a higher rate would enable them now to have the lender pay for some of the closing costs. On higher loan amounts, all of the closing costs can be paid by the lender. This enables many people that couldn’t buy a home before the crash to have many more options to be able to buy now because they do not have to bring as much money to the table.         

NOW HERE IS THE KICKER!!!!!

All of the gimmicks that I mentioned above (No closing costs, no money down, $5000 incentive if you pick this lender….. Blah, Blah, Blah!!!!!!), well those are all based on the Lender Credit. As a broker, I am required by law to disclose the amount of lender credit for each rate, but the banks are not.

What does this mean?

This means that the bank can hide the money from you and put it in their pocket. This is how they advertise no closing costs or special incentives to use them.  They are just raising your rate to cover everything without you having a say in what you want to do. If they are not offering incentives or showing a lender credit on your loan estimate, then, well they are just raking you over the coals. If you use a broker, that money is always yours, end of story.

The law has again allowed banks to be dishonest with your money. By using a broker, you will always know where every penny of your money is used.

Daniel Cason Lonestar Mortgage Solutions Texasmortgagedc.com