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FHA Loans: the 9 Most Frequently Asked Questions

FHA Loans: the 9 Most Frequently Asked Questions

If you are getting ready to buy a home, you might want to consider using an FHA loan. What are these mortgages? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about FHA loans to help you decide if one is right for you. What is an FHA Lo

Aug 02, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

A Renovation Loan Could Help You Beat the Housing Market

A Renovation Loan Could Help You Beat the Housing Market

Today’s housing market remains hot, with soaring sales prices, even as mortgage interest rates have almost doubled in the past year. Those factors combined with very limited inventory make it difficult for many would-be buyers to get a foothold in homeown

Jul 26, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Mortgage

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Mortgage

Mortgage interest rates have jumped more than two full percentage points in the past year and with home prices growing at record high paces, buying a home might seem more out of reach than ever for some people. The good news is that there are smart ways t

Jul 19, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

How Soon After Buying Can I Refinance the Mortgage of My Second Home?

How Soon After Buying Can I Refinance the Mortgage of My Second Home?

Maybe you bought a second home during the pandemic as a way to escape during lockdowns. Maybe you bought one to rent out part-time for extra income in today’s uncertain economy. And with home prices growing so quickly, you may be wondering if you can refi

Jul 12, 2022 | Refinancing a Home

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Vacation Home?

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Vacation Home?

During the past two years, demand for vacation homes skyrocketed as cooped-up Americans sought out domestic getaways while the COVID-19 pandemic raged.  With travel restrictions mostly lifted, people are again venturing out all around the world. What does

Jul 05, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

What Does It Take to Get an Investment Property Loan?

What Does It Take to Get an Investment Property Loan?

When you’re trying to build your nest egg, diversifying with an investment property could help you build significant wealth. The housing market has proven to be a stable source of price appreciation and income generation over the long-term. By renting out

Jun 28, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

                                          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