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.
Lori and her team were phenomenal in all areas!! Loved our communication, loved the rate that we got locked, everything was sooo easy peasy!! All little challenges with swiftly navigated; I honestly can not say enough about how much I enjoyed having Lori and her team be my loan pros for my refi. I shopped around; and hands down she gave me the best deal I could have ever found! The best part is she is part of my awesome community, and it was great to work with that I know and admire in my community!
We have now completed two new loans and two refinances with Lori. She is always on top of her game, providing numerous options to help us determine what will best work for our situation. Lori is responsive, attentive, helpful, and patient. Thank you as always for your help and service, Lori! 2020 update: Lori is responsive, professional, and efficient. Our latest mortgage with Lori (a refinance) was remarkably easy to close.
Lori and her provide world class service throughout the loan process. They were ready and willing to answer any questions throughout the process and provided daily updates.
SUPER EASYsuper smooth transaction. Website for you to upload what you need. Lori almost knocked our APR in half. Also the price to refi was almost half of what we were charged on our last refi. Lori is so easy to work with. If you done a refi before you know how things can go.
Lori and her team were extremely professional, informative, and friendly. They walked me through every step of the process and answered all my questions, got everything done faster than I had thought possible. So happy with my decision and the results! Would recommend to everyone!
I purchased a home and completed a refinance with Lori, and she and her team make the process seamless. I will definitely call Lori for my future loan needs!
Lori and her team were patient and always answered my questions quickly. They took all the time I needed to feel comfortable every step of the process
Lori was amazing to work with. She was on top of everything and extremely helpful thorough this home buying process! She helped us do a 21 day close. I would recommend her to any one wanting to purchase a home.
From start to finish a great experience. The technology was very easy to navigate and the follow through was great. There was consistent communication throughout the process.
We've been working with Lori since October 2013. Lori has been pleasant and extremely helpful for Us with our initial home purchase and refinancing. She made the process easy and non stressful. We wouldn't think of working with anyone else. She's guaranteed to get you what you want!