How to Get the Best Deal
on Atlanta Home Mortgage Loans
my advice in a nutshell. Shop on the Internet and then use a local lender you
can trust who can also match those rates.
Don't trust any advertised rates. There are always details they never
mention. They will say anything to make their phones ring. Once
they have you on the phone, they'll suck you in and sell you a product you
could have gotten anywhere else.
So, who can you trust?
I've been a real
estate agent for 16 years and have met a lot of loan officers. Many
are very good at what they do. Others, I wouldn't trust for a minute.
My five best recommendations are as follows because all four:
Offer very competitive rates. They don't mess
Get the job done. If they say you are approved,
you are approved
Will get you the HUD-1 statement 48 hours before
Will attend the closing to make sure nothing goes
Will give you a Good Faith Estimate that you can
Are really motivated. If they screw up, they
are off my list and no more referrals
Let all five give you a quote. It's a crazy, competitive market with
changes happening daily. If shopping, make sure you get quotes at the
same time and day.
law was passed in 2008 that required the credit agencies to supply you
with a free credit report at least once per year.
As you'll see on the federal website, there is an
official site where you go to get your free credit report.
kind of a hassle going through and getting your report at all three credit
agencies, Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union. They also don't give you
your credit score. They give you information about all of your credit
accounts but they make you pay to get their credit score. It's about
$6-$10 each. The problem is that the scores they give you aren't the
same scale that the lenders use and talk about. These scores they give
you are from 500 to 990. So it's kind of a waste of money.
it's just a lot easier having a lender do a free credit report for you.
Just have one lender run your report and supply you with a copy. The
lender will also be able to translate the data and tell you what it all
means. Lenders pull credit reports all the time and usually don't charge
Check out rates at The Mortgage
Professor. This will give you a
good foundation to make comparisons with. Make sure you compare apples
with apples. Make sure lock periods, credit score assumptions and impounds are
all comparable. Here is their
daily mortgage price page
3. Call a
lenders who were recommended to you by someone you trust. A good loan
advisor is such a great value. They can make sense out of all the various
programs and advise you on what's best for you. When they see that you
have all of your financial documents in order and you have been shopping around,
they will most likely give you their most competitive rates from the get
4. Make sure you
compare "apples with apples". The cost of the loan is not just the
interest rate. It's the combination of interest rate and the
associated lender fees. When comparing lenders, just
compare the closing costs that are lender related. Don't go messing
around other closing costs that the lender has no control over. We'll
deal with those separately and make sure we get the best deals for each
Pick an interest rate and get the
total loan costs associated with that particular rate. The higher
the rate, the less the lender fees will be. Below is an example
how interest rates will change with the number of points you pay.
Starting on January 1, 2010, All
lenders will be using the same Good Faith Estimate (GSE) forms.
This hopefully will make it easier to compare proposals. There are
also new regulations which will require lenders to honor their estimated
costs up to a certain limit. This is supposed to keep the lenders
from supplying customers with unrealistic "estimates".
I don't get anything by
recommending the above loan officers except the knowledge that I can trust them to give my
clients great service.
If you go with a random lender, you end up just
being another number. If they mess up your loan, you are just one of many
other loans they have in process. With my recommendations, if you mention
my name, they know that if they don't perform, it just isn't your loan
but all of the future referrals I might send their way.
seen many clients get suckered in with all of the claims of "no closing
costs" or some really low ball rates. I will admit, I'm always on the
look out for the best deals and often get drawn in by some amazing offer. But when I finally get someone
on the phone or get a good faith estimate statement, it always seems like the
seductive rates always seem to slip away. All of those things are just
hooks to get you in the door. Then when you finally see all of the
details, it's usually not any better than what a local lender with full service
you get a really low rate, make sure your "lock in" is in writing. Some
shady loan officer might be speculating that by the time of your closing the
rates will have gone down and he'll be able to honor those low rates. If
the rates go up before closing, the lender will find some sort of technical
detail to deny you the loan, not a nice thing to have happen when you have
everything all set up for the big move. If the lender is out of town
you'll never get them on the telephone. They won't care. You are
just one of many loans.
get fooled about someone offering no closing costs. There is no such thing
as a free lunch. Banks have employees that must get paid. There are
definitely costs involved in originating a new loan. They either can be
itemized so you know exactly what you are being charged for or they can
be hidden by being incorporated into the loan rate or points. You might get "no
closing costs" but you'll be paying a higher interest rate or more points.
you do happen to find a lender who really can offer some really low rates with
really low closing costs, be prepared for really little service. You'll
place a call and will get a different person every time who really doesn't care
if your loan closes on time or not. They get paid by the hour, not by the
sale. That's if you're lucky enough to get someone at all. Most
likely you'll get a computerized answering system that will walk you through a
series of confusing choices and leave you swearing at the phone. You get
what you pay for.
risk tolerance is different. If I were just refinancing my mortgage to get
a better rate I might take a chance with an unknown lender with little
service. If it didn't close it wouldn't mess up my life.
if I were selling my home and moving to another home and had things packed and
movers coming at a specific time, I sure wouldn't want to take a chance on my
loan not closing. No amount of savings would cover the stress and the
hassle of a delayed closing.
lender you choose, it really helps to get the loan process going early on in
your home search. That way, when you find a great home, you'll be in a
powerful negotiating position by being pre-approved.
get pre-approved and then call us when you're ready to go find the home of your
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