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One Extra Mortgage Payment a Year Can Add Up to Big Savings

One Extra Mortgage Payment a Year Can Add Up to Big Savings

When you bought your home, you (hopefully) qualified for a mortgage that you could afford and if you stay on top of it monthly, you’ll own your home free and clear in 30 years (or less, depending on your loan terms.) Making extra payments may not even hav

Feb 16, 2022 | Refinancing a Home

Who Owns My House: Me or My Mortgage Lender?

Who Owns My House: Me or My Mortgage Lender?

The standard home buying process follows this formula: you find the right property, you go under contract to buy it, you get approved for a mortgage loan, the lender lends you enough money to buy the home, you sign papers, and you move into your new house

Feb 09, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

5 Reasons You Might Want a Non-Conforming Mortgage Loan

5 Reasons You Might Want a Non-Conforming Mortgage Loan

When you apply for a home mortgage, lenders will check your credit score, income, assets, and debt. All of this will get factored into an algorithm to figure out if you are credit-worthy enough to be granted a loan. Most of the standards used by lenders a

Feb 02, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

Creative Ways to Avoid Paying Closing Costs

Creative Ways to Avoid Paying Closing Costs

You finally saved up enough for a down payment and you can almost taste being a homeowner, but then you hear about closing costs. Coming up with a few extra thousand dollars sounds impossible. Before you give up on the dream of buying a home, here are a f

Jan 26, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

5 Questions Unmarried Couples Should Ask before Buying a Home

5 Questions Unmarried Couples Should Ask before Buying a Home

Roughly 9% of all U.S. homebuyers in 2020 were unmarried couples. If you and your partner are considering a house purchase before tying the knot, there are some important questions you should ask yourself to see if it makes sense.How does the law see our

Jan 19, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

Should I Do a Cash-out Refinance on My Rental Property?

Should I Do a Cash-out Refinance on My Rental Property?

Mortgage interest rates have been near record lows for the past several years. At the same time property values have jumped dramatically, giving homeowners plenty of equity. Those two factors combine to make right now an excellent time to get a cash-out r

Jan 12, 2022 | Refinancing a Home

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                                          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