What Happens During the Appraisal and Closing Process?

After the inspection is completed on your new home and any issues are addressed, it’s time for the appraisal. Appraisal Approximately one week after your loan package has been submitted to underwriting, your loan officer will order an appraisal for the property.  Once the appraisal is completed, it takes around 4 business days to get…

What Should I Expect from an Inspection?

Once you and your realtor have found the home you want to buy, it is important to get the home inspected by a certified inspector. The inspector will make you aware of any potential problems with the property and tell you if any repairs or replacements need to be made. You will want to set…

What do I need to get preapproved?

In our last blog entry we explained the importance of starting the preapproval process three to six months before you plan on moving into your new home. Preapproval will provide you with an accurate snapshot of your financial status and will give you an estimate of your budget for your home. In the preapproval process,…

The Benefits of Refinancing

With the trend of record low mortgage rates lately, many more people are seriously considering refinancing their home. Refinancing is not for everyone, but there are big benefits for some people. For those in good financial standing, refinancing can be used to shorten the length of your mortgage and/or lower your monthly payment. Another good…

The Importance of Preapproval

In today’s housing market, a letter of preapproval from your mortgage loan officer is very important when shopping for your new home. Many sellers and seller’s agents will only take a buyer seriously if they have obtained preapproval. Preapproval benefits both the buyer and the seller. The buyer is given a relatively solid estimate of…

Can I Get a Mortgage If I’m Self-Employed?

There are numerous benefits to being self-employed, but being your own boss can sometimes make it more difficult for you to secure a mortgage. Lenders tend to see the self-employed as a larger risk because their income levels can be highly variable from year to year. Here are several important variables to consider for those…

The Role of the Independent Mortgage Broker

The role of a mortgage broker is to find and secure a loan that matches your needs. There are many different loans available for many different people – the loan package that a mortgage broker secures will be unique to your needs. A mortgage broker brings professional knowledge and experience into the process of getting…