Frequently asked questions about the lending process


Source: Frequently asked questions about the lending process

Where do buyers begin?

Haley Newton, a loan officer with Starkey Mortgage in Sherman, said the first step in the buying process is not finding a house, rather it’s getting prequalified for a home loan. Buyers need to first find out how much house they can afford and if they can actually purchase a home.

“A lot them want to know what the first step is, and many people believe that the first step is finding a house, but that’s actually the second step,” Newton said. “You want to get prequalified with a local lender to know what you’re prequalified for, and then go out and find a house, which is the hard part.”

What documents do buyers need to provide to get prequalified and preapproved?

Prequalification is typically the quick and easy initial step and preapproval is a more involved process. The prequalification process starts with an application, which most lenders have available online, though Newton said buyers can call a lender or meet them in person to fill it out. After buyers fill out an application, which covers the buyers’ finances and history, the lenders will verify the information for preapproval and that requires the supporting documents.

“Once they’re prequalified, we’ll give them a list of documents they need depending on their application,” Newton said.

The list typically calls for pay stubs from the last 30 days, tax returns for the last two years, bank statements for the last two months, W-2s, IDs and Social Security cards.

Jeremy Lewis, branch manager of Grayson Home Loans, said sometimes the lender may require divorce decrees and documentation to indicate other income depending on the buyers’ situation. After preapproval, Lewis said he usually gives the buyers a call, and they figure out a loan program that best fits the buyers.

How much do buyers need for a down payment?

Short answer: It depends on the loan.

Lewis said the down payment is often the main concern for buyers, and it’s not a set amount. Depending on the loan type and what programs the buyers are eligible for, the down payment can be as little as zero down. Loans from the Federal Housing Administration, Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture each have a set of stipulations that include the percentage required for the down payment.

“It depends on the loan type they’re going with — whether it be a conventional loan, an FHA loan, a VA loan or a USDA loan, it will determine what they’re going to have to place down — what their initial investment is going to be,” Lewis said. “There are still those out there out there that think they have to put 10 to 20 percent down, which is not correct. They can, in certain programs, put as little as zero down.”

Newton said there are down payment assistance programs in the state that can help cover the amount needed. These programs are income based and are capped anywhere from $55,000 to $75,000 depending on the program.

What’s the deal with closing costs?

In addition to a down payment, buyers also need funds to cover the closing costs. Lewis said the closing costs depend on the loan amount as a higher loan amount is going to cost more. About half the closing costs are directed to building the buyers’ escrow account, and the other half is a combination of fees for items such as the title and appraisal.

“Closing costs are another piece of the puzzle they’re going to have to come up with,” Lewis said. “However, in a Texas residential contract, you can ask the sellers to pay a certain percentage, depending on the loan type, for your closing costs.”

Buyers can negotiate with the sellers and ask that the seller pays a portion of the closing costs, which if the buyers qualify for a down payment assistance program, the initial costs can be very low.

“If you’re able to use the down payment assistance programs in addition to requesting the seller to pay some of their closing costs, they can actually get into a home with little to nothing down,” Newton said.

What is an escrow account?

“It kind of works like a separate checking account, and the purpose of that account is to pay the yearly tax bill that comes due every January, and their insurance premium that’s due once a year depending on when they closed on their home,” Newton said.

The initial money put into the escrow account is part of the closing costs, and Lewis said homeowners then add to it monthly when they make their house payments. The account is for buyers to put back money so property taxes and insurance are covered.

“Say when their tax bill comes due in January, there will be plenty of money in the account for them to pay their taxes, so that way they’re not coming up $2 to 3 to 5,000 all at once to pay their tax bill,” Newton said.

Can buyers purchase a home with a bad credit score?

Newton said buyers don’t necessarily need the best credit in order to get a home loan, and she noted that first-time homebuyer programs have recently lowered their credit score requirements.

“A lot people around here they don’t necessarily have bad credit, they just don’t have a lot,” Newton said. “They don’t use their credit.”

Newton said lenders will work with buyers and give them steps to take over 60 to 90 days to boost their credit score to where they can buy a home.

“It can be intimidating but we can walk them through it,” Newton said.

Buyers should consult with local lenders, and Lewis said he guides buyers through the process so they know what to expect.

“There’s so many different moving parts to a loan anymore,” Lewis said. “I try to keep everyone versed and ready for what’s to come in the process and what to expect.”

Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle, Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223

text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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Kentucky Mortgage Resources to help save your home and get current on your mortgage


State

Approved Foreclosure Intervention/Default Counselors and Legal Aid Directory
Complete List of agencies, contact information, and the counties they serve

Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau offers the “Reliability Report” which serves as a business report card.  Consumers are encouraged to check the report before they do business with an unfamiliar company.
http://www.bbb.org

Kentucky Attorney General
The state’s Attorney General protects consumers from crimes of all types.
Consumer protection:  (888) 432-9257
Identity theft:  (800) 804-7556
http://ag.ky.gov/

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Food stamps, health care, Medicaid, child care assistance, child support, heating and utility assistance.
http://chfs.ky.gov

Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions
The state’s Department of Financial Institutions supervises the financial services industry.

Beginning January 1, 2009, all mortgagees shall provide the “Notification to Homeowners of the Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center” document to all Kentucky borrowers, as required by KRS 286.2-020. This form is available to download by going to http://www.kfi.ky.gov/nondepository/khpc.htm.

Consumers can call to check background and license status of their loan officer, file a complaint or to report fraud.
(502) 573-3390
(800) 223-2579
http://www.kfi.ky.gov


National

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Office
1-800-793-8861
www.rurdev.usda.gov

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
www.hud.gov

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Administration)
1-800-827-1000
www.va.gov

Fannie Mae
1-800-7FANNIE (1-800-732-6643)
Freddie Mac
Information on how to buy a home and avoid foreclosure as well as financial calculators and budgeting tools.
http://www.freddiemac.com/avoidforeclosure/who_to_contact_for_help.html#sources

Calculators and tools: http://www.freddiemac.com/corporate/buyown/english/calcs_tools/

Federal Trade Commission
Consumer protection, information and complaint procedures.
1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
TTY: 1-866-653-4261
Main site: www.ftc.gov/
Credit repair facts: www.ftc.gov/bcp/conlin/pubs/credit/repair

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Consumer debt advice
www.nfcc.org.

Annual Credit Reports
www.annualcreditreports.com

Equifax
Credit reports, credit fraud protection and credit dispute information.
www.equifax.com

Experian
Credit reports, credit fraud protection and credit dispute information.
www.experian.com/

TransUnion
Credit reports, credit fraud protection and credit dispute information.
www.transunion.com

Internal Revenue Service
For Individuals: 1-800-829-1040
For Businesses: 1-800-829-4933
For Hearing Impaired: 1-800-829-4059 (TDD)
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time)
www.irs.gov


Local

Counselors
The Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center works with counseling agencies to provide foreclosure prevention and intervention counseling services to Kentucky residents. If you are in danger of foreclosure or need budgeting and credit help, contact the Protection Center. A representative will call you to schedule an appointment with a counselor in your area at no cost to you.

Dial 2-1-1
Some areas of Kentucky have 2-1-1 service which you can call for additional services. Where available, 2-1-1 can help locate the services you need including food, utilities, medical care, toiletries, household items, furniture and security deposits for rental units.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army may have funding available to assist homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments. Visit the Salvation Army Web site to find a location near you.

Churches
Contact your church to find out if they have services available. Churches will often assist parishioners in need.Image

Kentucky Homepath Financing 2012 Fannie Mae Properties in Kentucky


HomePath Financing for Kentucky Homebuyers 2012

HomePath Mortgage loans have the following characteristics: HomePath Renovation loans have the following characteristics:
HomePath Mortgage allows a borrower to purchase a Fannie Mae-owned property with a low down payment, flexible mortgage terms, no lender-requested appraisal and no mortgage insurance. Expanded seller contributions to closing costs are allowed.

Benefits to You, the Borrower

  • Low down payment and flexible mortgage terms (fixed–rate, adjustable rate, or interest–only).
  • Down payment (at least 3 percent) can be funded by the borrower’s own savings; a gift; a grant; or a loan from a nonprofit organization, state or local government, or employer.
  • No lender-requested appraisal.
  • No mortgage insurance; ask your lender for cost details on loans without mortgage insurance.
  • Expanded seller contributions for closing costs allowed.
  • Available for primary residences, second homes and investment properties.
  • Many condo project requirements are waived; ask your lender for details.
  • For more information, contact a HomePath Mortgage lender or click here for the Home Buyers Guide.
HomePath Renovation Mortgage allows a borrower to purchase a property that requires light to moderate renovation. The one loan amount includes both the funds for the purchase and renovation – up to 35% of the as completed value, no more than $35,000.

Benefits to You, the Borrower

  • Low down payment and flexible mortgage terms (fixed- rate or adjustable-rate).
  • Down payment (at least 3 percent) can be funded by the borrower’s own savings; a gift; a grant; or a loan from a nonprofit organization, state or local government, or employer.
  • Renovation amount based on appraisal “as completed” value.
  • No mortgage insurance; ask your lender for cost details on loans without mortgage insurance.
  • Expanded seller contributions for closing costs allowed.
  • Available for primary residences, second homes, and investment properties.
  • Many condo project requirements are waived; ask your lender for details.
  • For more information about the renovation process, contact a HomePath Renovation Mortgage lender.
Note: Potential buyers should always use the lender and financing product that best meets the needs of the buyer and property, and should always consider requesting a home inspection of the property. *Ask your lender for cost details for loans with no mortgage insurance.