How do you know as a potential consumer of a mortgage loan you are getting the information you need to make an informed decision moving forward? Online searches and blogs that may or may not be providing you with the accurate or complete information and .com mortgage companies that fill their call center with newly licensed call center "headset jockeys" can often lead to inaccurate information for you when trying to find out what you need to know to qualify for a mortgage loan.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 29th, 2024)
In our world where everyone is an expert, especially the lady going viral over buying a vacation rental with low or no money down… don't even get me started about the Mortgage Fraud that likely occurred there. But seriously, how do you know that the information you are getting is accurate? My best advice if you get told "no" is to ask someone else your question and start a new conversation. Much like visiting a Doctor and deciding to get a second opinion. Lending guidelines are fluid based on the everchanging things happening in our world and even more importantly, different lenders can have different lending overlays. Yes, there are tried and true basics when it comes to loan programs, but an overlay is something a lender can put in a condition of approval and may be different at another lender. The saying "Jack of all trades, Master of none" is more accurate then when it comes to a loan officer knowing every single loan program and every single guideline associated with them. Yep, I said it… No loan officer is a MASTER of every program and guideline that goes with it. However, some of us do aim to be masters of what our neighborhoods and client niche programs require in order to serve you best, not all- but some. Now just because of the expansive nature of mortgage lending information, it does not excuse the mass amounts of misinformation that is spread by online blogs from non-industry professionals, or those headset jockeys. Not at all, but what does that mean for you? What do you need to do?
What you need to know is that when you connect with some random loan officer or call center, the chances that they know your market area, the loan programs that are available to you, or the guidelines that may be specific to your own personal financial and credit situation are very slim. Why does this matter? It matters because you may be told "no" when, in reality, there is actually a way to help you successfully own that home you need a loan for. Even worse, you may be told "yes", get into escrow, and end up in the wrong loan program that can cost you more money than it should. What do you need to do if you are told "no" and there is no plan to go with it? First, I would inquire as to if this is an industry loan program guideline, or specific to their company. Second, no matter the answer, make another call to someone who knows your specific area of need, whether that be your financial needs, or your local market area. A true advisor that knows your area of need likely will not tell you just no, they will figure out how and make a plan with you that may even allow you to still buyer sooner than you thought. They will also explain whether other options exist for you outside of what they can offer.Show me today's rates (Feb 29th, 2024)