Shopping around for a new home loan? First of all – congratulations! We’re happy to know our advice to consider a home purchase is catching on.
Second, we’re aware that this could possibly be the very moment when you’re the most confused about all the advertising you’re noticing now from mortgage lenders. It seems everywhere you look, the words “no-cost mortgage” or “no-fee mortgage” catch your attention, and that has a really appealing ring to it. So initially, you might ask yourself, “That’s what all lenders are saying – so they must all offer the same loans, right?”
“But that’s wrong,” reveals Rick Piette, owner of locally-owned Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas.
“Like most things that can sound too good to be true, this would be one of them,” Piette continues. “The truth is that many mortgage lenders make it a point to confuse this very issue – precisely to make people assume it doesn’t matter what type of lender they choose. But the reality is there’s a very big difference, and it all has to do with the regulations that govern each type of lending institution: There’s one set of rules that applies to Banks and Mortgage Bankers . . . and another set that applies to Mortgage Brokers. And the key difference is this: Full disclosure to the customer.”
Here’s how it works:
Banks and Mortgage Bankers may say they offer “no-cost mortgage” loans. And that’s just what you’re looking for, right? A way to save that extra 3%-5% of costs (which can be several thousand dollars) for Loan Origination, Processing, Underwriting, and Document Preparation Fees.
“However,” reveals Piette, “while they may be charging you nothing for those fees on your Loan Estimate, they aren’t required to disclose to you that they very probably are trading out those fees to charge you a higher interest rate, instead. What’s worse, by paying a higher interest rate over the life of your loan, it can end up costing you a lot more money than those fees would have been to begin with.
“In other words, Banks and Mortgage Bankers are allowed to present you with the illusion of paying no fees, but make no mistake – they’re not reducing the profit they’re making on your mortgage loan. They’re simply shuffling the numbers so it sounds good to you – but in the long run it can actually end up costing a borrower more money, rather than less.”
Mortgage Brokers, though, have to operate under a different set of rules:
• First, the amount of money they can make on a mortgage loan is capped by law.
• Second, they can only earn income on a mortgage loan from one source.
• Third, they are required to disclose the source and total amount they earn on the loan to the borrower.
“These might seem like three simple statements,” adds Rick Piette, “but together they make a huge difference when it comes to what the customer will actually end up paying for the mortgage loan they choose.
“How? Because when a Mortgage Broker’s Loan Estimate shows $0 in loan fees – there really are NO FEES. Borrowers actually save that money – because the Broker isn’t making up for that “great deal” by charging you more somewhere else in your loan documents. They can’t. It’s the law. Which is finally (in our opinion) – working on the side of the consumer.
“That’s why we encourage every person who is looking for a home loan to always go to at least two different lenders – and compare those Loan Estimates. (And one of them should be a Mortgage Broker.) All you need to do is compare the cost of the fees and the interest rate – and your choice is usually very simple to make,” Piette confirms. “It’s the one that costs you a lot less money!”
For more information about how to shop wisely for your next mortgage loan – and potentially to save literally thousands of dollars – visit Premier’s “Know Before You Owe Nevada” website to view the quick and informative educational videos that will put you in charge of the cost of your next mortgage loan.
Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.