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The Do’s and Don’ts  of Buying A Vacation Home

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying A Vacation Home

With remote working a possibility for many more employees today than before the pandemic, people can often choose where to work on a daily basis. If you are in this situation and would love to spend more time in a place you like to vacation, buying a seco

Jun 21, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

Combat Rising Inflation on Your Debt with a Refinance Loan

Combat Rising Inflation on Your Debt with a Refinance Loan

Over the last year, inflation has been rising at a historic rate, with prices jumping on everything from gas to groceries to building supplies. Credit card rates have also climbed since the beginning of the pandemic as has total credit card debt, as many

Jun 14, 2022 | Refinancing a Home

Programs and Grants to Help First-Time Home Buyers

Programs and Grants to Help First-Time Home Buyers

In today’s hot housing market of rising home prices and limited inventory, it may seem impossible to break in as a first-time buyer. It can be overwhelming trying to save up a giant down payment and other mortgage costs on your own as interest rates and p

Jun 07, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

7 Essential Home Buying Questions

7 Essential Home Buying Questions

If you’re looking to buy a house this year, it's important to know the status of the housing market as well as the common decisions you need to make. Here’s what you need to ask yourself before buying a house in 2022. 1. Is it a Good Time to Buy? The U.S.

May 31, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

How to Avoid 3 Common Mortgage Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Mortgage Scams

There are scams out there for everything, and obtaining a mortgage is no exception. While home buying and ownership is typically a source of pride and happiness, unscrupulous individuals are always coming up with schemes to con you out of your hard-earned

May 24, 2022 | Credit

What is a Drive-By Appraisal?

What is a Drive-By Appraisal?

When buying your home, one of the important steps in the mortgage financing process is having an appraisal done. Having an appraiser determine the value of the property is essential to determining how much your lender is willing to lend you for the purcha

May 17, 2022 | Refinancing 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