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First-Time Home Buyers: It’s Easier Than You Think

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Did you know that 87% of non-homeowners say they’d like to buy a home in the future? And that same 87% believe that the minimum down payment required to buy a home is a 10% of the purchase price? That’s a startling statistic. It’s also one that is causing many first-time home buyers to stop their efforts to become homeowners often before they even begin.

“In fact, for the past three years, the median down payment for first-time home buyers has been 6%,” explains Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending, “and if that’s the median, it means many put down even less than that.

“So, if someone is looking at buying a home or condo for $200,000, that’s a difference between coming up with $12,000 (6%) – or $20,000 (10%). And for a first-time home buyer, that gap obviously presents a mental roadblock about their ability to buy a home. Which is really unfortunate, because rather than seeking out solutions about how they can become homeowners – they’re settling for paying high rents far longer than they should.

“For those who have never owned a home of their own – even if the down payment wasn’t an obstacle – there’s no doubt it can seem mind-boggling to sort your way through all the steps involved. But what many don’t realize is that by choosing the right professionals to navigate that path, the entire process can be made much easier.

“First, finding a knowledgeable Realtor® ensures that you have someone on your side to help you find the right home, in the right place, at the right price. Your Realtor® handles all the documentation and negotiations, and since they work for you – they make sure that all your rights are protected and that no surprises are going to pop up to cause you problems down the road,” continues Piette.

“Getting a mortgage loan requires the same professional expertise. But it also means making an effort to shop around for the best rates. Of course, this might be exactly where the first-time buyer gets stuck – because how do you “shop around” for the best loan, when you don’t know what you’re shopping for?

“That’s why it’s good to know that Premier Mortgage is one lender who wants to help people learn to find the best deal themselves. We don’t want you to just take our word for it that we have the best rates, the best loans, and the best service,” explains Piette. “Because nothing makes us happier than being able to show a borrower exactly where and how we can save them money compared to other lenders.”

To help borrowers and take the ‘mystery’ out of getting a home loan, Premier Mortgage created their www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com website. Here, borrowers can discover what the differences are between loans and lenders, what figures to compare, how to ask for a quote, and what questions to ask your mortgage lender.

“All that information is right on our site – explained in a series of short videos that only take 15 minutes to watch – but will help consumers save literally thousands of dollars when they get a loan,” reveals Piette. “That’s not an exaggeration, either. Our “No Fee” mortgage loans actually save our customers from $8-10,000 or more – just on the cost of getting a loan. Those are real numbers that first-time buyers should pay attention to – because not having to come up with that extra cash-out-of-pocket at escrow closing – can also be the difference between getting a loan approved, or having it denied.”

To find out more about how Premier Mortgage may just be the best thing to happen to first-time homebuyers in years – visit http://www.PremierMortgageLending.com– and be sure to make a special stop at www.1percentloan.com to see if you may qualify for our true 1% Down Loan Program. (Seriously, it’s worth checking out!) Or you can always contact Premier Mortgage Lending directly at 702.485.6600.

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.

YES – THE NEW CFPB REGULATIONS LAWS REALLY ARE HELPING CONSUMERS

Logo0_@2Going back to that “which side of the political aisle you’re on” issue that we’ve talk about before, if you’re not actually working IN the financial services industry, there’s a good chance that you just skim the headlines that talk about the effects on consumers since the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) was created.

So just in case that might describe your experience with how the new laws are affecting the public, we thought it might be a good time to point out some of the real benefits that have come out of the Dodd-Frank Act. Things that are helping real mortgage borrowers – people who are just like you.

Information Resources

Prior to the creation of the CFPB, the road to getting a mortgage loan was a difficult one to navigate. Basically, each mortgage company pretty much made their own rules (within certain legal guidelines) – but there wasn’t much of a way that borrowers could easily compare “apples-to-apples” per se as far as they information they were given.

Now, the CFPB not only offers excellent resources on their website that explain where to start when it’s time to search for a loan, but easy-to-understand explanations on the differences between types of loans, and even between types of lenders. For first-time buyers and others who aren’t that familiar with the mortgage loan process, the CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe” website has helped take the mystery out of the mix, and also helped people learn how to avoid shady lending practices and overcharging. Score one for the consumer!

Consistency in Disclosures, Policies and Procedures

If the only plus out of the CFPB’s creation were the two forms now used – the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure – it would be a solid win for consumers all by itself. These two forms are now far easier to understand, easier to use, and required to be used by every lender so comparisons are easily made.

But there are also other benefits that came about – including the rule that borrowers get three business days to review their Closing Disclosure and ask questions before they close on their mortgage loan. (In other words, the days of “closing surprises” are gone – when the pressure was on to close or lose a deal and emotions were running high.)

“Know Before You Owe” Program Provides Borrowers with the “Big Picture” of Buying a Home

Mortgage loan officers who are more concerned with getting customers to closing and picking up their paycheck – rather than ensuring their borrowers are actually getting the right loan for their needs – have a new foe: The CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe” site, mentioned above.

But, of course, consumers need to know this information exists to allow it to help them in making the big decision of buying a home. (That’s one reason Premier Mortgage also created their KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com website – because we agree that customers should be fully informed about the decisions they’re making.)

At the CFPB’s site, several resources are provided to help people consider all the costs and expenses involved with making a decision to buy a home. With budgets and worksheets, checklists and conversation starters, it is designed to provide borrowers an “eyes wide open” approach to home buying.

Those three things are just the tip of the iceberg about how everyday consumers are gaining benefits from the rules and requirements put in place on the financial industry following The Great Recession. If you pay closer attention to what comes underneath those ‘complaining headlines’ about the CFPB in the future, you may notice one striking similarity: Most of the grumbling is coming from the financial institutions affected by these changes . . . not from the consuming public. A little something to worth remembering!

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.

Is Buying a Home Right For You? Some Things to Consider.

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With all the upheaval of the American economy and the housing markets during the past few years, it’s only natural that those who lost a home during that time would think twice about buying another one.

And actually, that’s not only a good thing when it comes to a major investment like a home – it’s a necessary thing. With homes – as with most things in life – there’s no easy “One Answer Fits All” solution. But there are some things that those who are on the fence and undecided should consider, and those include:

The Emotional Benefits of Owning a Home

Security

There are few things more unsettling than living in a home at the whim of a landlord. The drawbacks include not knowing when/if they’ll want you to move, and if the rent will be increased (and if it is, can you afford it?). But there are other proven benefits to owning a home that many don’t think about, such as access to neighborhoods with better schools, better social and physical conditions, and single-family homes are generally maintained at a higher quality – which results in lower crime rates, too.

Pride

Owning a home is a huge accomplishment – one that still exemplifies the American Dream – and no matter what anyone may tell you, Americans do still dream of owning a home. It’s a place to call your own, that you can personalize to suit your needs and your tastes. It gives people more confidence in themselves and often spurs them to pursue even more life goals. Taking pride in not only acquiring a home but in making improvements to improve your lifestyle – that’s a really big deal. And if you’ve owned a home before, you remember that feeling.

Community

When you own a home, there is a great sense of belonging to a community that comes along with it. You’re more connected with your neighborhood, your community, the people, and even your town. You’ve put down roots and in many cases make lifelong friends. And your kids will have the security of knowing that “home” means just that. It belongs to them, and they don’t have to worry about suddenly having to change schools and reestablish their friends and lives at the whim of a landlord. Studies also indicate better school performance and youth behaviors in children who live in a home of their own, in addition to developing greater self-esteem.

Financial Benefits

Definitely worth remembering is this: Historically, the primary path that Americans have used to create wealth has been through homeownership. Not through their jobs, not through stock market investments (and certainly not by buying lottery tickets!) – but by owning a home. Just think about it, because at it’s base, it makes perfect sense: Rather than contributing to a landlord’s net worth with a rent payment, your monthly mortgage payment continually contributes to YOURS.

There are many things to think about when planning to make the leap into homeownership. Fortunately, at Premier Mortgage Lending, our experienced loan officers know what those things are. We can help you consider all the factors involved, let you know the costs of obtaining financing, and help you determine if the time is right for you to make that move.

As a locally owned mortgage broker, It’s simply what we’ve been doing for our neighbors here in Las Vegas for years. We know the city. We know the neighborhoods. And we’re the home of the true traditional No-Fee Mortgage – which means our clients save thousands of dollars when they buy a home with a Premier Mortgage Lending loan.

Visit our website at www.PremierMortgageLending.com for more information. And to learn which are the most important questions to ask your mortgage lender, visit our www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com website – where you’ll find quick informational videos that take the mystery out of getting the best mortgage loan for your needs.

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.

3 Things That Can Stop You From Getting A Mortgage Loan – And How To Change Them

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The American Dream of owning a home is alive and well. And while it’s true that some of the rules for getting a mortgage loan have recently changed, every month thousands of families enjoy the excitement and extraordinary pride of becoming a homeowner – whether again or for the first time.

And you just might be one of them – if you play your cards right. (Your “credit cards,” that is.) Because homebuyers who plan ahead can take steps to improve the odds that their application receives the coveted “Your Loan Is Approved!” stamp. (Instead of that nasty alternative.)

Of course, lenders will still be looking at your finances to reach that final determination. But by making changes today in your spending behavior, you can make a huge impact on your future home-buying opportunities. It might not happen as quickly as tomorrow, but continually making small improvements and heading in the right direction with your credit and debt will make a difference to your lender.

According to Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas, Nevada, “There are three key areas that those planning to buy a home in the near future should concentrate on immediately. These are: your credit history, how you handle your debt, and making the effort to educate yourself about mortgage loans.”

Having a Poor Credit Score and Credit History

Getting your credit in order is vital – because poor credit can mean you’ll pay more for that mortgage you get. Or worse yet – your application could be denied because your credit score is too low.

There’s no doubt about it, in this day and age, good credit makes the rules. In fact, it’s been calculated that over a lifetime, a person with poor credit could end up paying nearly $200,000 more for the same purchases over someone with good credit – simply due to the differences in costs and interest charges.

But even if life has thrown you some curve balls (such as, oh, maybe a Great Recession) – if you take calculated steps to get back on track with your money, it will begin to show up on your credit report and score with steady improvement. These include:

• If you have any collections or judgments against you, paying them off as quickly as possible.

• Bringing your over-the-limit and past-due accounts up-to-date.

• Paying all your bills on time.

• Reducing your credit card debt to 25% or less of your credit line on each card.

• Not opening new lines of credit.

• Not closing any credit card accounts, because then you’ll be using a higher percentage of your overall credit limit.

If your credit has hit some bumps, it’s always wise to speak with a mortgage lender about your situation before shopping for a home. A reputable firm will be happy to recommend specific actions you can take with regard to your personal credit status – such as which cards to pay off if you can, and in what order to tackle your debt reduction. They can also help you understand the different type of loan programs available to you and what credit scores you will need to achieve for them.

In short – if buying a home is on your list of Things-To-Do now or in the future, get your credit checked, speak with a lender, and then take the right action to start improving it now.

Carrying Too Much Monthly Debt

Your Income + Too Much Debt = No Home For You.

Debt-to-Income Ratio – that’s an important thing to know about when you’re planning to buy a home. (That’s your monthly income divided by your monthly debt payments.) And if those percentages aren’t right, your loan can be denied.

How to fix it?

“Obviously, you want to reduce your debt,” confirms Rick Piette. “Unless you’ve hit the lottery, this probably isn’t going to happen overnight. But by formulating a plan of how to attack your debt- in ways that will make the most difference to your ratios – you can begin to turn these figures around.”

“However, as Michael F. Kay explains in his recent Forbes column, Digging Yourself Out of Debt – without changing how you think of debt, the odds are you’re not going to change your spending habits. (The old maxim really does apply here: If nothing changes, nothing changes.)

In many cases, that mindset can be altered simply by changing what you focus on before making a purchase. Instead of concentrating on momentary gratification (as in, “The Super Bowl is going to look great on this 55-inch television!”) – think about how you’re going to feel when the bill arrives. In truth, it really can be as simple as that. When it comes to money, many people need to shift their perceptions about how society has conditioned us to behave.

“Kay goes on to offer several other techniques that help to re-train our thoughts on how we spend money,” adds Piette. “Reminding yourself of the long-term goals you’ve set and asking whether an expenditure will help or hinder your ability to achieve them is one. Kay recommends ‘visualizing’ where you want to be (in a home of your own and building wealth) vs. where you don’t want to be (renting an apartment and paying huge credit card bills each month).

You’re Not Asking The Right People The Right Questions

“You don’t know if you’re able to qualify for a mortgage, so keep that to yourself and don’t make any inquiries.”

WRONG!

If you have dreams of owning a home someday, then take your questions to a professional – whether it’s a Realtor, mortgage lender, or another industry expert. Even if you’ve never bought a home before, or you’ve lost your home to foreclosure or short sale – don’t simply assume that you’re not qualified to get a mortgage. Remember: Every person’s financial situation is unique, and because of differing circumstances – what was a complication for one person may not affect someone else.

“This is one of the most common problems we run into, and it’s really a shame,” reports Piette. “Because more people are qualified now to get a mortgage loan than they realize. As we’ve mentioned in a previous article, studies show that over half the people who want to buy a home never even ask if they’ll qualify for a loan simply out of fear the answer will be “no. ” And a large percentage of those people actually are able to qualify.

“What’s important to remember, though, is that even if the answer is “no” right now – by taking an active role to improve your credit and financial stability, you’ll have the opportunity to change that to a “yes,” – and in many cases, not too far down the road.

“At Premier Mortgage, we believe it’s so important for people to know the right questions to ask about getting a mortgage loan, we created an educational series known as “Home Loans 101” to help take the mystery out of mortgages. It helps buyers understand what to ask, and gives them the chance to compare lenders equally.

“A common misconception we run into is that people often think the cost of getting a mortgage loan is the same with any lender – and that is not at all true. There’s a difference between Banks, Mortgage Bankers, and Mortgage Lenders – and unless buyers shop around for the best deal, they can end up paying thousands of dollars too much for their mortgage loan. Those costs alone can make the difference in receiving a loan approval – or a loan denial.

“That’s why buyers need to discover the facts for themselves. Just as different people have different financial circumstances, different lenders will have different loan programs. Some of those programs can price you out of being able to buy a home,” Piette confirms. “But at Premier Mortgage – home of the true “No Fee” loan – we’re making it possible every day for Las Vegans to get into a home of their own. That could include you, too. What do you have to lose by asking?”

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 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.