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Americans Home Equity is at a Record High

Americans Home Equity is at a Record High

With the housing market on fire, home prices have steadily risen for the past several years. The result has been an enormous amount of home equity for American homeowners. In fact, according to mortgage data firm Black Knight in the second quarter of 2021

Oct 20, 2021 | Refinancing a Home

How to Get Past First-Time Home Buyer Anxiety

How to Get Past First-Time Home Buyer Anxiety

Buying a home is a major financial purchase. In fact, it is often the largest investment many people will make over the course of their lives. So, no pressure, right? The fact that it is a weighty decision with real consequences can cause a lot of anxiety

Oct 13, 2021 | Purchasing a Home

4 Other Ways to Save Without Refinancing

4 Other Ways to Save Without Refinancing

Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows and homeowners can take advantage of great savings by refinancing into those lower rates. But what if you’ve already refinanced and you still need to save money on housing costs? Or what if you don’t want to re

Oct 06, 2021 |

Who Will I Work with in the Home Buying Process?

Who Will I Work with in the Home Buying Process?

When it comes to buying a home, you already know you’ll be dealing with home sellers and your real estate agent. However, there are many more people or parties involved in the full process. Here’s a rundown of the people you will likely work with when you

Sep 29, 2021 |

Fannie Now Accepts Timely Rent Payments as Credit Background

Fannie Now Accepts Timely Rent Payments as Credit Background

In an effort to bring more racial equality to the mortgage market, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced recently that on-time rental payments may be used by government entities as part of the mortgage underwriting process.Government-sponsor

Sep 22, 2021 |

What is an eClosing?

What is an eClosing?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, in the quest for convenience, everything in our world was trending more towards “virtual” services. The coronavirus quarantining of the past year and a half has only increased the need for such online avenues. The mortga

Sep 15, 2021 |

                                          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