What will Efinity Home Loans look for when I apply for a mortgage?
Lenders consider many factors in evaluating your loan application, but they usually focus on four areas see below for more info.
Frequently asked questions
What will Efinity look for when I apply for a mortgage?
Income and debt - How much money you make and what other bills you have to pay help the lender determine whether you can afford to make mortgage payments.
Employment - Length and job stability is important in determining a client’s willingness to pay.
Assets - The lender needs to make sure you have enough money to cover the costs of buying a home.
Credit - Whether you’ve met other financial obligations helps the lender predict whether you will repay your mortgage.
Property - The home you want to buy has to be worth enough to act as collateral for the mortgage.
What does it mean to get pre-approved?
Getting pre-approved means you receive a loan commitment from Efinity Home Loans before you have found a home, based on a review of your credit and finances. Having your credit pre-approved shows sellers that you’re a qualified buyer and helps you establish a clear price range. The process is the same as a typical mortgage application, except that your application doesn’t include property information.
What if I've had credit problems?
Your credit history is only one factor in qualifying for a loan, and having made some late payments doesn’t have to keep you from buying a home. Someone who has consistently made payments on time in the past may have more financing options than someone who has not, but that doesn’t mean a mortgage is off-limits if you’ve had credit problems.
What is the minimum down payment I can make on a home?
There is generally no minimum down payment required for buying a home. Many first-time home buyers believe they must be able to put down as much as 20% of a home’s purchase price in cash. That may have been true in the past, but many of the mortgage options available to today’s home buyers require little down payment.
Will I have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance?
Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) provides your lender with a way to recoup its investment if you are unable to repay your loan. PMI is usually required when the mortgage amount is higher than 80% of the home’s value. That means that if you buy a home with a down payment of less than 20%, you will probably have to pay for PMI.
What closing costs I will have to pay?
Lender fees. Your mortgage company may charge for expenses related to making the loan, including an appraisal fee, a credit report fee, origination points, and discount points.
Third party fees. Charges for services not provided by your lender often include the settlement fee, title insurance, and attorney’s fees.
Prepaid items. Certain mortgage costs must be paid to your lender in advance. The most common of these are pre-paid interest, hazard insurance, and deposits to set up an escrow account.
Should I pay discount points?
Should I choose a fixed or adjustable rate loan?
Should I lock my rate?
Locking your interest rate means your Efinity Home Loans Licensed Financial Professional guarantees the rate on your loan even if market rates changes for a set period of time. So how do you know whether to lock your interest rate? It depends on whether you expect rates to rise or fall before you close on your home. No one knows for sure which direction rates will go at a given time, so it’s difficult to make a reliable prediction. While some keep track of announcements from the Federal Reserve Board, it’s important to stay in touch with your Licensed Financial Professional who will keep you abreast of the changing market landscape.
What will my mortgage payments include?
Principal, which is the total outstanding balance of the loan
Interest, which is the cost of borrowing money
Taxes, which are levied on the property by the local government
Insurance, which protects the owner and the lender from losses caused by fire and natural hazards