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Can You Afford a Second Home?

Can You Afford a Second Home?

If you are looking to buy a vacation home in one of your favorite spots, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is “Can I afford to buy a second home?” The answer will depend on a variety of factors.While some buyers have the cash to buy a se

Mar 29, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

What You Need to Know About FHA Loans in 2022

What You Need to Know About FHA Loans in 2022

It’s a new year and a new chance for many people to become homeowners. There are several mortgage products that are designed for first-time buyers; the FHA loan is especially helpful. Here’s what you need to know about them and the changes that have been

Mar 22, 2022 |

Will a HELOC Affect Your Credit Score?

Will a HELOC Affect Your Credit Score?

With home prices soaring over the past few years, homeowner equity is at all time highs. It could be a great time to tap into some of that equity to pay off debts or finally make those home improvements you’ve been dreaming about. One of the most common w

Mar 16, 2022 |

Can You Get a Loan to Buy an AirBnB?

Can You Get a Loan to Buy an AirBnB?

Renting out privately-owned properties has become the preferred style of accommodations for many travelers today. Sites like AirBnB and VRBO allow property owners to list their condos, houses, and cabins to tourists looking for a different experience from

Mar 09, 2022 |

What an 18% Jump in 2022 Conforming Loan Limits Means for Me

What an 18% Jump in 2022 Conforming Loan Limits Means for Me

Recently, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced changes to the conforming loan limits for 2022. And they are increasing 18% from 2021, the largest yearly increase on record. The new loan limit for conforming loans, which can be bought by Fannie Mae

Mar 02, 2022 |

How Long Should You Keep Your Mortgage Papers?

How Long Should You Keep Your Mortgage Papers?

The time of year is often a time for decluttering and organizing the home for a fresh start. As you sort through your file cabinet and see how much room all your mortgage documents take up, you may wonder how long you need to hold on to all that paperwork

Feb 23, 2022 |

                                          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