Top 15 Questions to Ask a Lender or Broker Before You Apply for a Mortgage Loan

June 4th, 2016


It may seem odd that someone in the mortgage business wants to discuss how to help consumers find the best mortgage lenders. People search for mortgage providers every day without the benefit of professional help. So, I figured why not help people whether they find their way to me or someone else? Below I’ve listed the most important mortgage questions that you need to ask before you apply for a mortgage loan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Contingent Liabilities Counting Against A Mortgage

August 31st, 2015


A contingent liability is a potential liability. For example, if a parent guarantees a child’s car loan, the parent has a contingent liability. If the child makes the car payments and pays off the loan, the parent will have no liability. If the child does not make the payments, the parent will have a liability. The same scenario would hold when one party co-signs a mortgage for another party. Having a liability like this show up on your credit report can count against you when qualifying for a mortgage, even if the Read the rest of this entry »

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Pool Tables, Patio Furniture and Chandeliers Have No Value?

June 17th, 2013

Often times when a buyer and seller are negotiating over the sale of a home, the buyer indicates they would like to have certain personal property from the home. There are times when the seller is OK with that, either due to not wanting those items, or wanting the buyer to have them to help facilitate the sale.

However, there is a problem with this. The problem with including personal items like furniture, rugs, chandeliers, a pool table, and these sorts of personal items is that once they are written into the contract they inherently have value. Yet, the document being used to buy and sell real estate is a real estate contract, also used to contractually bind parties in a real estate transaction; it is not supposed to be a pool table contract! Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting A Mortgage? Freeze, Don’t Move!

September 10th, 2012

I have had far too many transactions blow up completely or get delayed because the client makes a financial move that they should not during the transaction. Mortgage borrowers should keep all finances static for the two months prior to buying, as well as during the transaction. Consult your loan officer before ANY financial changes. Do not take a new job, do not transfer money around, do not sell your vintage guitar collection Read the rest of this entry »

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Client: Why do you wait until the last minute to ask us for this stuff? Loan Officer: Why do you wait until the last minute to give it to us?

April 2nd, 2012

I have heard so many people ask why we wait until the last minute to ask them for certain documents for a loan approval. I have a few answers. Mostly it is because many times the mortgage borrower has waited until the last minute to give it to us! Fannie Mae requires certain documents, that get underwritten, that many times yield more paperwork needed. And do you know what happens when you submit last-minute document requests? You get last-minute answers. And there is nothing more frustrating than Read the rest of this entry »

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Make It Go Faster!

February 13th, 2012

We all want things to go faster. We wanted communication to go faster, so a phone was invented, then email and the internet. We wanted cooking to go faster, and someone invented the microwave. We wanted travel to go faster, and the car was invented, and then the plane. What is next?! In all my years in the mortgage business, it seems we still can’t make the mortgage transaction go a lot faster. Why can’t we get a mortgage done in a few days, or a week? Read the rest of this entry »

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