Here are some common mortgage questions. Have a question you don’t see answered? Call us at (916) 371-6300.
Employment and mortgages
Part of the mortgage process includes verifying income. You must be able to show that you can afford the home loan payments, regardless of the type of home loan program. If you do not have a job or any other way to financially support a mortgage, consider holding off applying for a home loan until you can verify employment and income. If you can prove steady, reliable income – go ahead and apply to pre-qualify for a loan!
Credit and mortgagesCredit is a major player in the home loan process. Your credit score determines your eligibility for home loans and your interest rate. Better your credit, the better your rates.
If you do not have good credit, consider one of the following steps:
- Visit with a credit restoration expert. Contact us for a referral. (916) 371-6300
- Take six months to a year and focus on repairing your credit – no late payments, pay down debt, no new credit accounts, etc.
- Learn about the do’s and don’ts of credit when it comes to applying for a mortgage.
Underwater mortgagesDo you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth? The “housing crisis” of the past several years led to a drop in the value of homes. Many face mortgages that are much higher than their current property values.
- The government has put a handful of programs in place to provide assistance to homeowners. Guidelines and restrictions apply, however there may be options for you depending on the current loan you have. The HARP program and FHA Streamline refinance may help you refinance at a lower rate without an appraisal. Call me at (916) 371-6300 to see if you are eligible.
You can switch mortgage lenders at any time - even if you’ve been with your current company for years or if you’re in the midst of refinancing. We’ve met several who are tired of the runaround of the ‘big banks’ and want to switch to someone local and easy to work with. Until you’ve signed on the dotted line – there’s always a way out!
If you’re considering switching lenders, make sure to keep all of the documentation together – your new lender will need to see that. Also, if you’ve already had an appraisal performed, that is one fee that will need to be repeated and cannot be recovered.
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Lori was amazing. Wonderful experience in refinancing our home! The process was quick and easy, she saved us money and stress. Absolutely use her services in the future.
Lori and her staff were awesome. They worked really hard for us in this trying time. They communicated with us all the way through the process which is important to me!
I recently purchased my home last year using the VA. I went to Lori less than a year later and they refinanced my home saving me almost 300 a month. Will definitely use her on my next home purchase!
We have now worked twice now with Lori and her team. We have worked with a few different lenders and Lori is by far the easiest. They are efficient and care about getting you the best deal. Definitely have recommended to family and friends.
Very easy transaction and the staff were on top of it. I was kept updated and knew exactly what was happening every step of the way. Highly recommended!
Lori and her team were amazing when I refinanced my home loan! Lori personally answered all of my questions and was right by my side during the whole process; explaining everything to me in detail. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
Lori is a wonderful woman. She helped me purchase my home I’m in, and 2 years later here I am working with her again to refinance. The process was so easy she is like an angel from heaven. I will always do business with her.
This is my second transaction with Lori. I would look no further if you are looking for someone who is knowledgeable in the business. She makes the lrocess so easy.