commitment time! Be sure you have shopped around before settling in with one lender
and one loan. Once you apply for a mortgage,
you must pay a non-refundable application fee of $300 to $400 to cover the costs
of an appraisal and credit
check. If you want to change your mind on either the lender or the loan, do it
now. This is also the time to inquire about the lender�s policy on credit problems, if you have any, to see if they�re willing to be flexible.
First of all, make sure the loan officer answers all of your questions
about the loan application. Be cooperative and patient, but don�t be a push over.
Ask questions and know what you are getting yourself into. Also know that it is
common for a lender to call and requests documents a second or third time. Provide
them as soon as possible since every day of delay could cause you to lose your
agreement. But make sure you�re treated cordially. There are several federal laws
that protect your rights during your loan processing. These laws prohibit lenders
from rejecting applicants on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion or marital
status. Stand up for your rights if you feel slighted or discriminated against.
everyone can meet the verification standards set by typical loans. However, there
are alternative documentation loans available to those in special circumstances.
Some loan programs allow the lender to skip
time-consuming steps such as writing verification letters to employers, creditors
or banks. These alternative loans minimize delays and the aggravation factor.
And if you�re prepared to make a larger down
payment, ask lenders about loans that require only minimal information if
your down payment is 20 percent or more.
your income can be tough if you run your own business and write off a lot of business
expenses against your income taxes.
Even if you make a lot of money, it's not always so easy to demonstrate your gross
income. Another alternative is a No-Documentation or Low-Documentation Loan. These
loans reduce the paperwork and scrutiny, especially for self-employed people prepared
to make a sizable down payment. These loans get around the problem of proving gross income to the
lender. Good news is you don�t necessarily have to be self-employed to qualify.
What�s the prescription for no paperwork? That depends on the lender
you ask. In a true No-Doc loan there would be no verification of income, employment
No hunting down of pay stubs, W-2s or tax returns. In a Low-Doc loan, at least one of the factors � income, employment or
� will be verified but the overall paperwork is significantly less than a standard
loan application. Asset verification, for example, might require you to provide bank statements to show
you can make a down payment.
There is always a catch. The price
for these quicker-to-obtain, nearly paper-less loans is typically a down payment of at least 20-25 percent. You will also pay a slightly higher interest
rate of about 1/8 to 1/4 percent above the market for standard loans. To figure
the extra cost, remember that your monthly payment will be 2-1/2 percent higher
for every 1/4 percent you add to your interest rate. Thus, the difference in a
payment for a $200,000 loan at 7.25 percent interest vs. 7 percent would be $33.75 per month.
Make an itemized list of the
application process�what you need and how to proceed starting now. Include Tips
are some hurdles in the application
process. Learn to jump them with ease. The biggest one is the paperwork and verification.
Look to a No-Doc or Low-Doc option. List the pros and cons of these types of loans:
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