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Should I Refinance My ARM Loan to a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

Should I Refinance My ARM Loan to a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

Long-term mortgage interest rates have more than doubled in the past year and hit 14-year highs as of September 2022. If you bought a home in recent years with an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), it probably made a lot of sense at the time and helped you s

Oct 25, 2022 | Interest Rates

What The Latest Fed Rate Hike Means for Mortgages

What The Latest Fed Rate Hike Means for Mortgages

The Federal Reserve’s September interest rate hike marks the fifth straight increase in 2022. What does that mean for the mortgage world? Fed Rate Hikes The Federal Reserve is in charge of maintaining a healthy level of inflation and employment in the U.S

Oct 18, 2022 | Interest Rates

HUD Homes - Another Option for Buyers and Investors

HUD Homes - Another Option for Buyers and Investors

In today’s competitive housing market, it is smart to look at all the possible avenues for becoming a homeowner. Especially if you are a first-time buyer or have less-than-perfect credit, it can be difficult to break into the market. One option you could

Oct 11, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

What Tax Deductions are Available to Homeowners?

What Tax Deductions are Available to Homeowners?

If you are interested in becoming a homeowner, you may want to know how buying a home will affect your annual taxes. There used to be a lot of talk about homeownership tax deductions, so will your taxes go down after buying a house? Here’s the scoop: Afte

Oct 04, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

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

Sep 27, 2022 | Credit

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

                                          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