Home Mortgage Matters
Home is where the heart is. That much is true. But home is also where
money is. As the saying goes, “There’s nothing like a home for a good
investment.” Touché. This is why for most people, buying a new home
is probably the biggest financial decision they’ll ever have to make.
When you’re on the look out for a new home, you need cash. A lot of
it. Most homes today have down payments that are more than what the
buyer can afford right then and there. The solution for this? A mortgage.
The Difference Between a Bank Loan Officer and a Mortgage Broker
Loan officers at a bank or a credit union are employees working to
sell and process mortgages and loans for mortgage customers or
home buyers like you. Their loan types and mortgage products have
several varieties but they all come from one specific originator,
The loan officer’s job is to help you process your application for
a mortgage. To see if you’re suitable a certain mortgage product,
they will look into your personal credit account and start the
approval process for your transaction.
Mortgage brokers on the other hand are professionals who are
peddlers of mortgage products. They are the ones responsible for
bringing together mortgage lenders and their borrowers. As opposed
to bank officers, mortgage brokers are not employees of the
lending companies they work for. Instead, they work independently
as free lance agents who are on the look out for borrowers looking
for a good mortgage.
Looking for a home mortgage usually involves you, your money, and
a bank officer or a mortgage broker. So what’s the big deal? You
ask. The end result is the same – you get a mortgage; you get a
new house. But these two job types are different and it is
important that you at least understand that difference.
In most cases, banks usually close mortgage loans more quickly
than a mortgage broker does. This is probably because a mortgage
broker deals with two types of persons – the lender and the
client. Resolving mortgage issues between these two is a
time-consuming job. This is also perhaps why mortgage brokers
charge high for closing fees. A percentage of the closing fee you
pay on a mortgage goes to the mortgage broker’s personal funds.
This, along with a few more fees, stands as their salary.
"Lack of money is the root of all evil.”
- George Bernard Shaw
Another thing is that mortgage brokers can be more resourceful
than banks. Because mortgage brokers do not work for only one
company, they have more access to mortgages and loans. Greater
suitability and better mortgage options are what mortgage brokers
bring to their customers. For instance, your credit history is not
that great. Banks generally reject mortgage applications if the
credit score is below 670. With a mortgage broker, you can shop
around for a lending company that offers bad credit mortgage
In looking for the mortgage that’s right for you, make your choice
based on the best mortgage terms a lender can offer you. Don’t
settle for anything else. If possible, you can ask for mortgage
advice from experts, real estate agents, and even your friends who
have recently bought a home.
Additional Resources and Latest News:
What Happens to the Mortgage When Your House Burns DownWall Street JournalIf your house goes up in flames, does your obligation to pay your mortgage go with it? Borrowers are bound by the promissory note they sign at the closing of a home purchase or refinance to make monthly mortgage payments. Even the total loss of the ...and more »
Should You Take a Home-Office Deduction Shortcut?Accountingweb.comFor example, if you re-carpet a room used strictly as a home office, 100 percent of the cost is deductible. However, deductions for utilities, property taxes, and mortgage interest are based on the percentage of business use of the home. (The remaining ...
How did we get here?Family Security MattersEnabling Russian families to purchase a home we believed would help develop a middle class in Russia for long-term stability. Unfortunately, no underlying mortgage system existed in Russia because Communism denied private property ownership.and more »
CBS7 News (press release)
The 'Trump Effect' on mortage ratesCBS7 News (press release)While still low by historic standards â€” the annual average rate on a 30-year mortgage in 1981 was 16.63%, according to Freddie Mac â€” most observers expect rates to keep climbing in 2017. The increase, which is ... â€śFor most borrowers, what matters is ...and more »
Center For American Progress
Toward Jobs and JusticeCenter For American ProgressLocation of housing matters for employment opportunities. For example, residing in the central city and in areas with limited public transportation in a region where job opportunities are ... People of color, in particular, are treated unequally in the ...