Before you blindly sign a contract on your future home, invest a few hours into researching the area. According to expert mortgage lenders from Texas Lending, you can save yourself time, money, and misery by getting to know the area where you want to live before you make a life-altering commitment.
Q: I already know what kind of house I want. How much does the neighborhood really matter?
Texas Lending: More than you might think. Your ideal home maybe priced just right, with a big yard, and plenty of privacy. However, what goes on just beyond your property line can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Check the area’s crime rate and ask around about any industrial operations or landfills which might create air or land pollution that you’d rather avoid. Continue reading
The New Year is traditionally a time when people look for new beginnings. For some, this means starting a gym membership, enrolling in school, or giving up an old vice. However, according to the mortgage experts at Texas Lending, the one resolution everyone should consider is revisiting their financial situation and making a plan for the coming months.
First things first – credit cards. Texas Lending representatives explain that credit card debt is the single most detrimental financial crisis for many homebuyers. A good rule of thumb is that credit cards not paid off at the end of each month are being used too much. If this is the case, it’s the perfect opportunity to see where spending habits may be altered to reflect a more realistic financial lifestyle that fits better with available income.
Finding the right neighborhood is important. Read on as Texas Lending explores ways to pick the perfect community for your next new home.
Q: What sort of things should I look for during my initial search?
Texas Lending: Before you even begin browsing the MLS, take some time to write down what you really want. Is it access to top-notch schools? A community swimming pool? Do you need a large yard or want to live in an HOA neighborhood that provides lawn care? Your “wish list” is going to be as unique as you.
Texas Lending has earned a reputation as one of the Lone Star State’s leading mortgage providers. Here, the finance experts offer advice on saving for your biggest investment.
Q: How can I save for a down payment?
Texas Lending: Saving for a down payment can be a daunting task for homeowners, but it’s much easier once you get past the first $1,000! The first step is to create a monthly budget. You’ll need to take a close look at your spending habits and decide exactly how much money you want to save each month. Track your progress if possible and above all, stick to the plan.
Great customer service isn’t all it takes to be one of the best mortgage banking firms in Texas, says co-founder Kevin Miller. That’s a feat that requires dedication, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. Texas Lending has established five core values to which all employees subscribe, both on and off the clock. These are:
According to the Texas Lending mortgage experts, integrity means exhibiting personal responsibility and rectitude at all times. It is a simple principle that carries over from one’s personal life to all professional endeavors.
Some mortgage companies are satisfied to offer customers a single loan product and close the deal with little explanation or follow up. Not Texas Lending. The idea of “wow service” stems from Miller’s own experiences. He never felt satisfied with the level of service other lenders offered and wanted Texas Lending clients to walk away surprised at just how easy obtaining a mortgage could be.
Applying for a mortgage can be an intimidating endeavor. But, according to the experts at Texas Lending, it doesn’t have to be that way; understanding the process from the get-go is paramount to saying goodbye to stress and anxiety. Here, the Texas-based home lending experts answer questions and dispel common myths about mortgages.
Q: What are “points?”
Texas Lending: There are two types of points that mortgage lenders may charge: discount and origination. Discount points are essentially pre-paid interest and they are a tax-deductible expense. Origination points are assessed by the lender to cover loan origination costs.
Q: Is there a benefit to “locking in” an interest rate?
Texas Lending: Absolutely. Since interest rates fluctuate, if you apply for a mortgage when the rates are low, locking the rate keeps you from spending more in the long term. Even a marginal upward shift can cost thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Points may be locked as well — for a specified period of time. Keep in mind, however, that fees will often apply for this privilege.
Creditworthiness (among other things) is largely determined by your FICO score. But, how does this number really play a role in people’s lives? The team at Texas Lending explains in this brief Q & A.
Q: Does a higher credit score really equal lower interest rates?
Texas Lending: Most of the time, yes. Those with a credit score above 700 often get the best rate for everything from car loans to mortgages. Even a percentage or two can really add up. For instance, a person buying a home valued at $300,000 with a traditional 30-year fixed mortgage will pay nearly $100,000 less for that home over the life of the loan if their credit score qualifies them for the current lowest interest rate.