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There are several potential lenders n today’s marketplace. They include:
Mortgage Banks – A mortgage banker is a direct lender. He or she qualifies applicants, finds the best available loan and funds it. Because this is their main business, mortgage banks can offer very competitive rates – but not necessarily the cheapest.
Mortgage Brokers – Brokers don’t lend money; they find lenders for a fee in addition to the traditional application and processing costs. While a good broker might be able to find you the cheapest mortgage, maker sure the fee doesn’t offset any savings. Since most broker’s fees are paid by the lender in the form of a commission, their services cost you nothing – that is, no out-of-pocket costs. Something also to remember – a mortgage broker is the legal agent of his or her client and does not work for the lending institution. So, a mortgage broker will have access to the widest spectrum of loan options – whereas a bank or savings and loan representative will draw from only “in-house” loan options. Going by this information, a reputable mortgage broker could most likely be your cheapest source for home loans and refinancing.
Savings and Loans – Once the primary source of home financing, savings and loans hold a much smaller piece of the market today. But some experts recommend checking their offers before looking at a bank.
Banks – Commercial banks have come on strong in recent years. Some have made home loans a significant part of their business.
Credit Unions – A good source often overlooked by borrowers. Credit unions function like brokers because they generally don’t lend their own money.
Whichever route you ultimately take, be sure to shop around. What lenders charge might differ by as much as .5 or 1 percentage points. That’s pretty significant when you look at the impact on a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage – depending on the size of the loan, the difference could be a few hundred dollars a month!
More next week….
Check out the Lake Keowee Real Estate numbers for the year
SENECA – Seneca City Council unanimously approved a 60-day ordinance giving Mayor Dan Alexander and city administrator Scott Moulder authority to set orders to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak – including setting curfews and putting other emergency measures in place.