Are All “No Fee” Mortgage Loans the Same?

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If you’re currently shopping around for a home, the odds are good that you’re also in the market for a mortgage loan. If so, you’ve probably started paying attention to all those advertisements and articles you see in magazines and newspapers lately. And you may be wondering what – exactly – is the difference between all these loans and mortgage lenders, anyway?

That’s a really good question. A really smart question, in fact. Advertising, of course, is designed to catch the eye and make one product sound more appealing than all the other options out there. But you can’t get the details and the important information you need about a product simply by looking at a flashy headline and an image of a pretty house.

“What you can do, however, is dig a little deeper into the facts about mortgage loans – and congratulations! Simply by reading this article you’re being pro-active about your finances, and smarter about knowing exactly what you should (and shouldn’t) be spending your money on,” explains Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas.

“We’re not going to lie – we advertise, too. But at the same time, we use other methods to help educate consumers about how to shop smarter for their mortgage loan. That because it’s important to us that borrowers understand exactly what they’re getting with their mortgage loan, and just as important – that they don’t spend more money on it than they need to.”

In fact, Premier Mortgage is always working on ways to help consumers unravel the “mystery” and confusion about getting a mortgage loan. (Hint: It’s not rocket science . . . but some lenders do their best to make it complicated. That’s generally to their financial advantage – and at your expense.)

“But with articles like this, plus our lengthy backlog of blog posts on our website, we’re trying to help consumers be aware of what they’re really paying for. That’s why we try to answer those questions that home buyers ask most often about getting a home loan,” states Piette.

“We even created a website – www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com – that includes short, easy-to-understand educational videos to explain how to compare loans, how to know the differences between lenders, and how borrowers can arm themselves with the right questions to ask any lender to make sure they get the best deal.”

Getting down to basics, then: What, exactly, does a mortgage loan cost? That’s often the first question borrowers ask. Consumers know that companies have to make money to stay in business, so it’s a bit puzzling when they hear lenders offering their customers “No Fee Loans.” In truth, though, it’s not really that complicated to understand.

Rick Piette explains “There really is a huge difference in “No Fee” loans from one company to the next – but most lenders aren’t too anxious to explain why. We’re not like that at Premier. As a small, locally-owned and based mortgage broker, it’s important to us that we help our neighbors here in Las Vegas get the most value for their dollar. We’re not here just to make ‘a quick buck’ from a one-time mortgage loan; we’re working hard to build long-term relationships with valued members of our community.”

So when home buyers see an ad blaring the words “No Fee Mortgage Loan!” at you – they should be aware that this is how it works:

1. First of all – determine what type of lender you’re dealing with – a Bank, Mortgage Banker, or Mortgage Broker?

2. If it’s a Mortgage Broker (like Premier Mortgage Lending) – they are required by law to operate under two strict guidelines:

a. First, a Mortgage Broker can only earn income from one source;
b. Second, they must disclose all their earnings to the borrower.

As a rule of thumb, a Mortgage Broker will get paid their fee by the lending institution. And since no other fees can be charged to the borrower – consumers actually can get (and Premier has them!) a true “No Fee” loan. That means no origination fees, no processing fees, no junk fees – just simply No Fees at all. Considering that these fees can run from 2-4% of the amount you borrow, that can save you $6-8,000 or even more.

3. But if you’re working with a Bank or Mortgage Banker, you should be aware that:

a. Both can earn their income on your mortgage loan from multiple sources (i.e., not just the lending institution, but also from loan-servicing third-parties and the consumer, as well).
b. Neither are required to disclose to the borrower how much income they make on their loan.

How does this translate to the consumer? It means a Bank or Mortgage Banker may advertise a “No Fee” loan – but they’re often just playing a ‘shell game’ with your money by raising your interest rate, instead.

“As you can see, it’s easy for Banks and Mortgage Bankers to perform a little ‘sleight of hand’ with the numbers,” adds Piette. “That’s why it’s important for consumers to pay close attention to both the Fees and the Interest Rate when they’re searching for a loan.

“All the information is right there on the Loan Estimate sheet – so it really is easy to compare, if you know what you’re looking for. That’s why we encourage everyone to shop around with more than one lender so they can compare costs. And that’s why we created our website and videos, to help to make the whole process a lot easier to understand.”

Find out more about Premier Mortgage Lending’s true “No Fee” mortgage loans, as well as their many other products and services by calling (702) 485-6600. Their experienced loan officers are there to help with your questions and can assist you in navigating from signed purchase agreement – to getting the keys to your new home.

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.