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How to Buy a Home in Today’s High-Priced Market Without a Six-Figure Income

How to Buy a Home in Today’s High-Priced Market Without a Six-Figure Income

According to a recent report from Redfin, as of October 2022, in order to afford a “typical home” with the median monthly mortgage payment of $2,682, a buyer would need to earn at least $107,281 to be able to afford the loan. While prices may have slowed

Dec 13, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

The Ultimate Mortgage Pre-Approval Document Checklist

The Ultimate Mortgage Pre-Approval Document Checklist

If you’re ready to buy a home, before you even start going to see properties, it is a good idea to obtain a preapproval letter from your mortgage lender. Especially in a competitive housing market, sellers will take you more seriously if they see you alre

Dec 06, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

Can’t Quite Afford a House Yet? Consider a Co-Borrower

Can’t Quite Afford a House Yet? Consider a Co-Borrower

With home prices skyrocketing over the past few years, more first-time buyers are enlisting the help of more seasoned homeowners - namely their parents or grandparents - to be co-borrowers with them. In fact, since 2020, the percentage of young adult buye

Nov 29, 2022 | Purchasing a Home

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to all of our family, friends and clients. All of us at Texas Mortgage Finance would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and to let you know how much you mean to

Nov 24, 2022 |

Disputing Your Property Tax Assessment Can Save You Money

Disputing Your Property Tax Assessment Can Save You Money

When you are applying for a home loan, you are generally concentrating on the principal and interest charges that will make up your future mortgage payment. However, there is another cost that may be harder to determine at the outset of your loan: your pr

Nov 22, 2022 |

5 Crucial Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

5 Crucial Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

Not all homeownership looks like a single-family home with a white picket fence. There are all sorts of property types to help Americans realize the dream of becoming a homeowner. Condominiums, also known as condos, can be the perfect option for those who

Nov 15, 2022 | Purchasing 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