Land Contract

Linda Bagley
Land Contract An alternative to a non-conforming loan is the use of a land contract, which is allowed in some states. A land contract is an agreement between a buyer and a seller, where the buyer agrees to make periodic payments to the seller. The title to the property only transfers to the land contract buyer on fulfillment of the land contract obligations. A land contract can be helpful for … Read More

The No-Cost Thirty Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

Linda Bagley
The No-Cost Thirty Year Fixed Rate Mortgage There really is no such thing as a “no-cost” mortgage loan. There are always costs, such as appraisal fees, escrow fees, title insurance fees, document fees, processing fees, flood certification fees, recording fees, notary fees, tax service fees, wire fees, and so on, depending on whether the loan is a purchase or a refinance. The term “no-cost” actually means that your lender is … Read More

Types of Mortgage Lenders

Linda Bagley
Types of Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Bankers Mortgage Bankers are lenders that are large enough to originate loans and create pools of loans which they sell directly to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, jumbo loan investors, and others. Any company that does this is considered to be a mortgage banker. Some companies don’t sell directly to those major investors, but sell their loans to the mortgage bankers. They often refer … Read More

Where Does the Money Come From for Mortgage Loans?

Linda Bagley
Where Does the Money Come From for Mortgage Loans? In the “olden” days, when someone wanted a home loan they walked downtown to the neighborhood bank or savings & loan. If the bank had extra funds laying around and considered you a good credit risk, they would lend you the money from their own funds. It doesn’t generally work like that anymore. Most of the money for home loans comes … Read More

Items You Need for When Applying For a Loan

Linda Bagley
Items You Need for When Applying For a Loan Have These Items Ready When You Apply For a Loan It used to be that lenders mailed out verifications to employers, banks, mortgage companies, and so on, in order to verify the data supplied by borrowers. Nowadays, the interest is often in speed and getting answers quickly, so “alternate documentation” has become more widely used. Alternate documentation means that underwriting answers … Read More

FICO Scores and Your Mortgage

Linda Bagley
FICO Scores and Your Mortgage Three years ago, credit scoring had little to do with mortgage lending. When reviewing the credit worthiness of a borrower, an underwriter would make a subjective decision based on past payment history. Then things changed. Lenders studied the relationship between credit scores and mortgage delinquencies. There was a definite relationship. Almost half of those borrowers with FICO scores below 550 became ninety days delinquent at … Read More

What is a FICO Score?

Linda Bagley
What is a FICO Score? FICO stands for Fair Isaac & Company and is the name for the most well known credit scoring system, used by Experian. The credit bureau’s computer evaluates a complete credit profile and assigns a score, which is used to estimate credit worthiness. Each of the three bureaus (Experian, Trans Union, Equifax) employs its own scoring system, so a given person will usually have 3 separate … Read More

FICO Score – a Brief Explanation

Linda Bagley
FICO Score – a Brief Explanation When you apply for a mortgage loan, you expect your lender to pull a credit report and look at whether you’ve made your payments on time. What you may not expect is that they seem to be more interested in your “FICO” score. “What’s a FICO score?” is a common reaction. Each time your credit report is pulled, it is run through a computer … Read More

Which ARM is the Best Alternative?

Linda Bagley
Which ARM is the Best Alternative? How would you like a mortgage loan where you did not have to make the whole payment if you did not want to? Or would you like a loan with an interest rate about one percent below a thirty-year fixed rate mortgage and pay zero points? Or a loan where you did not have to document your income, savings history, or source of down … Read More