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How Big Credit Card Purchases Can Hurt Your Mortgage Terms

How Big Credit Card Purchases Can Hurt Your Mortgage Terms

When you are trying to buy a house, it is important to protect your credit. That means being extra careful to make all your payments on time and not opening any new credit accounts or loans during the mortgage qualification process. Another very important

Jul 28, 2021 | Purchasing a Home

Should I Buy, Build, or Renovate as a First-Time Home Buyer?

Should I Buy, Build, or Renovate as a First-Time Home Buyer?

Today’s housing market faces the lowest level of inventory in over 20 years, according to the National Association of Realtors. That supply is even tighter among the entry-level properties, making it doubly difficult for first-time home buyers to get a fo

Jul 21, 2021 | Purchasing a Home

Can Refinancing Hurt My Credit Score?

Can Refinancing Hurt My Credit Score?

Refinancing a mortgage can be incredibly helpful financially, whether for lowering monthly payments, shortening the loan term, or pulling out equity to pay off debt or for other projects. Even as you achieve those fiscal goals, you may wonder what effect

Jul 14, 2021 | Refinancing a Home

Will My Mortgage Payment Increase Over Time?

Will My Mortgage Payment Increase Over Time?

If you are about to become a first-time homeowner, you may be wondering if your monthly mortgage payment will stay the same or if it will ever go up. The answer depends on what type of home loan you choose: fixed-rate, adjustable-rate, or interest-only. W

Jul 07, 2021 |

What’s the Difference Between a Home Appraisal and Inspection?

What’s the Difference Between a Home Appraisal and Inspection?

When you take the plunge to buy a home, there will be a flurry of appointments and meetings with real estate agents, mortgage lenders, title companies, and inspectors. Some of the most important appointments will come after you make an offer on a property

Jun 30, 2021 | Purchasing a Home

What to Do if the Appraisal Comes in Low

What to Do if the Appraisal Comes in Low

You’re in the middle of the home selling process, having accepted a buyer’s offer. But after your house is appraised, the reported value comes back lower than the agreed-upon price. What happens now? Does the deal fall through? In many cases, especially i

Jun 23, 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