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.
"A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”
- Jonathan Swift
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:
CBS Boston / WBZ
Father's Day: Reverse MortgagesCBS Boston / WBZA reverse mortgage allows you to borrow against the equity in your home and the money does not have to be paid back until you die or want to move. Sounds very tempting. To be eligible you must be at least 62 years old and own your home although you can ...and more »
New York Times
Mortgages for Seniors? Available, but ExactingNew York TimesThose who have been out of the mortgage-application process for a while and are now looking to buy a vacation or retirement home might be surprised by all the extra hoops they have to jump through. The 2008 financial crisis brought about more stringent ...