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How to Improve Your Credit to Get a Better Mortgage Deal

How to Improve Your Credit to Get a Better Mortgage Deal

In today’s rising interest rate climate, many potential homebuyers are looking for ways to save on a home purchase. One of the best proactive things you can do is to improve your credit score as much as possible before applying for a mortgage loan.

May 23, 2023 |

Do I Have to Pay Private Mortgage Insurance?

Do I Have to Pay Private Mortgage Insurance?

Lenders often require borrowers to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI) on top of their mortgage loan. PMI is a type of insurance that actually protects the lender, not the borrower, against default and loss. If the borrower contributes less than a 20

May 16, 2023 |

Is a Conforming Loan the Same as a Conventional Loan?

Is a Conforming Loan the Same as a Conventional Loan?

As you begin the mortgage process, you’ll have lots of terminology thrown at you that can be a little confusing. Two similar sounding terms that might have you perplexed are conforming and conventional loans. Are these the same thing? Here’s w

May 09, 2023 | Purchasing a Home

Why Is My Mortgage Escrow Account Sending Me a Check?

Why Is My Mortgage Escrow Account Sending Me a Check?

After making all your mortgage payments for several years, you suddenly get a check in the mail from your escrow account. If you didn’t pay close attention during your mortgage closing, you may not even remember what an escrow account is. Here&rsquo

May 02, 2023 | Purchasing a Home

What Is a Convertible Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

What Is a Convertible Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

If you are in the market for a home loan, an adjustable-rate mortgage may be very attractive in today’s higher rate climate. If you’ve looked into ARM loans, you may also have come across the term “convertible ARM.” If you’re unfamiliar with this product,

Apr 25, 2023 | Purchasing a Home

What is an Assumable Mortgage?

What is an Assumable Mortgage?

There are many ways to structure a loan for buying a home. One lesser-known way is with an assumable mortgage. Here’s what that means and how it works: What is an Assumable Mortgage? An assumable mortgage is a home loan where the buyer legally takes over

Apr 18, 2023 | 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