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Think Owning a Home Now is Out of the Question? Think Again.

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When it comes to thinking about owning a home, it seems most people place themselves into one of two categories: “Let’s Do It” . . . and “It’ll Never Happen.” But at Premier Mortgage, we’ve been pretty busy working on a third option – and one that we’d like to see become the only category – “Let’s Find a Way to Make It Happen.”

“At Premier Mortgage, our Loan Officers have been mortgage loan experts for a long time, working right here in the Las Vegas valley. In fact, altogether, we offer more than 75 years of loan experience for our customers – and that’s really important for borrowers to know,” explains Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending.

“Why? Because despite titles handed out to employees by many financial institutions, it’s really not inconceivable that your bank’s “Loan Officer” could have just literally started their lending career yesterday. And here’s why that should matter to a borrower: It’s one thing to ask questions and check off boxes on a form – but it’s something else entirely to use years of experience and creativity to help borrowers find real solutions for their mortgage loan needs.

“The thing is, every borrower has a different financial and life situation – so not every loan application is going to fit into the same nice, neat package for a lender,” Piette continues. “That’s one of the reasons we rarely tell a customer “We can’t get loan approval.” Instead, it could simply be “We don’t have loan approval yet.

“That “yet” is the critical thing for homebuyers to know about – because even if they aren’t able to qualify for the first, best choice of a traditional, “No Fee” loan (which Premier also offers) – there are still many other mortgage loan options available to explore.”

Rick Piette should know – as his team of expert Loan Officers have been helping people find those options for years.

“For example, one exciting new program that we’ve been able to offer our customers recently is our “1% Down Program” – that works exactly as it’s titled,” he explains. “This loan is a great chance for those who are renting and want to own their own home – and also for those who have been unable to save up 5, 10, or 20% for a down payment to put on a home purchase. The opportunities with this loan are tremendous, and with it – we’ve helped many families get into a home of their own and begin building their own financial nest egg.

“We also have a Private Money financing program for those who don’t qualify for a traditional loan right now – but that have access to put a 25% down payment on a home,” Piette goes on to explain. “This is an excellent short-term solution for buyers because it gives them the chance to buy a home now and take advantage of current prices. Then, as soon as their financial and credit situations improve – they can refinance at better rates with no prepayment penalty.”

“Those are just two samples of options for people who want to buy, but assume that they don’t have the credit, down payment, or financial capability to do so. There are many other loan options available that borrowers may not even realize they qualify for.

“That’s also why it’s so important to work with a Mortgage Broker, too. Our network of lender relationships means we’re often able to help buyers achieve what they thought was impossible: Picking up the keys to their very own home. But you’ll never know if you don’t just ask!”

For more information about how Premier Mortgage Lending’s experienced team of Loan Officers can help you assess your current homebuying status – and also provide recommendations on how you can improve that status in both the short- and long-term – contact 702.485.6600 or visit www.PremierMortgageLending.com. Las Vegas residents have been enjoying outstanding service and exceptional value from Premier for years. Why shouldn’t you be one of them?

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.

The Mortgage Industry Should Continue Evolving on the Consumer’s Behalf


Bad things happen to good people. In fact, Harold Kushner even wrote a book on the topic a few years back. That was in 2004, when the economy and housing market were on a roll. The book itself dealt with human issues and the difficulties that we often face going through life. But we see an interesting correlation between that concept and the economic hardships so many millions of Americans experienced in recent years, as a result of the actions of the financial institutions in which we placed our trust.

“For decades, the final word on our biggest financial decision – buying a home – was at the whim of these large banking institutions,” reveals Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending. “They made the rules, bent them for some, broke them for others, and ignored them for many. A stigma arose in our society that caused many of us to look down on those whose credit scores were less-than-worthy, often making the assumption that if these people would just “do the right thing” – they’d be better, upstanding members of society.

“But when the curtain was pulled back in 2007/2008 as The Great Recession began – suddenly there were many more members unintentionally joining the ranks of those unable to meet their obligations, with all the falling credit scores and unimaginable loss of credit and financial stability that accompanied it.”

Piette continues, “Many discovered that the state of their credit could quickly become a life-changing variable. Suddenly, society came to recognize that it IS possible to ‘do everything right’ – and still wind up on the wrong side of a good credit score. You know, that credit score that decides your finances, the interest you pay, your insurance rates, and even where you’re able to live.

“At Premier Mortgage Lending, we have long believed that changes to the “old order” of things is not only desperately needed, but deserved – for the millions of people in our country who put their trust in a system many feel was rigged against them. That’s why we have embraced the changes introduced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and why we deliberately choose to practice complete transparency with our borrowers.

“We’re also encouraged to learn about new changes we hope to see implemented soon, as proposed by industry-related organizations. It includes those designed to level the playing field by introducing more fairness into a process that gives full consideration to each consumer’s individual circumstances.

“After all – these are people’s lives being dealt with – on a huge scale. Those people are more than a three-digit score – which in millions of cases took a serious hit that was not only unintentional, but often out of their control.”

One example is this: In June 2016, the National Association of Realtors sent a letter to two members of Congress to declare their support of alternative credit-scoring models under the “Credit Score Competition Act of 2015,” a bill still to be considered by the House Financial Services Committee.

This bill would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored entities that assist Americans to obtain home loans) to use scoring models other than the standardized FICO to consider loan approval – such as their record of paying rent and utilities on time (true indicators of fiscal consistency not currently tracked in FICO’s credit scoring). The goal is to assist middle-to-lower income Americans who are financially qualified to buy a home – but are unable to do so because of their FICO score (or lack of one altogether).

This is only one of many recommended changes headed for congress and led by many different homebuyer and consumer-related advocates and industries. While each is to be considered individually to determine its probable impact, we believe that pursuing these types of ‘fairness doctrines’ will not only help our economy continue to recover, but restore a large piece of humanity to those whose lives were (in some cases, irrevocably) damaged by the financial hardships of the last several years.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. News? Ideas? Recommendations? The more it’s open for discussion, the more likely change is to occur. Share your comments below.

Visit our website at www.PremierMortgageLending.com for more information about our true “No Fee Mortgage” loans. 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.

Keeping “The American Dream” Alive and Well – With Another Chance Nevada Mortgage Financing

Owning your own home.

That’s a powerful statement, all by itself. For some people, it’s a scary thought – for others, it’s a lifelong dream. It can conjure up many different thoughts and emotions – from gaining a sense of pride to representing grown-up responsibility . . . and pretty much everything that flows between and around those ideas.

Since The Great Recession – when untold numbers of Americans saw the value of their homes drop by huge percentages, many even losing them to foreclosures or short sales, there have been those who wonder if that particular “American Dream” is over – that perhaps its time has come and gone.

But the truth is – the dream of homeownership is still very much alive and well. And that’s because owning a home isn’t simply a ‘transaction’ – it’s a mindset and a way of life. Just ask those who lost their homes in recent years due to the housing crisis – because after having owned a home, the desire to own again is even stronger. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: Having a home of your own provides a sense of security, belonging, and family stability that can rarely be found any other way.

At Premier Mortgage Lending, we recognize that owning a home can be the very foundation that families build their entire way of life upon. That’s why when we saw the effect the housing crash was having on the lives of thousands of our Las Vegas neighbors, we took action. We created Another Chance Nevada, so that we could offer a mortgage alternative to those whose credit had been damaged by the recession – either through losing their home or by seeing their finances and credit rating take a hit due to the developing economic crisis.

Through Another Chance Nevada, we created a source of Private Money Financing options for those who aren’t able to qualify now for traditional financing. These loan programs do require a minimum of 20% down payment, and rates and fees will be higher than for a traditional home loan. However, it’s an excellent opportunity for buyers to obtain long-term financing at competitive rates. These loans are free of any predatory loan features — and best of all, there are no pre-payment penalties.

Why is that the best part? Because it means that as you continue to work on raising your credit score and financial stability – as soon as you’re able to qualify, you can refinance to get a traditional loan at an even lower interest rate.

In fact, we even have the perfect mortgage loan for after you recover financially, too – because Premier Mortgage Lending is the home of the true No Fee Mortgage Loan. That means Zero: Loan Origination, Underwriting, or Document Fees. And you’ll still find the most competitive interest rates – so there’s a good chance you’ll end up saving thousands of dollars on your mortgage loan. (And yes – we encourage you to shop around and compare rates when that time comes. You don’t have to just take our word for it . . . you can find out for yourself!)

To learn more about how you can own a home again – in as little as one day following a short sale or foreclosure – visit us at AnotherChanceNevada.com. And to watch our short series of Home Loans #101 educational videos, visit www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com. We created them to take the ‘mystery’ out of obtaining a mortgage loan. They’ll explain exactly what you need to know to save big money on your next loan – and tell you exactly which questions to ask your next mortgage lender.

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

With Home Sales On The Rise – Are You Prepared?


It’s news you’re hearing a lot these days. Home sales are starting to heat up across the country. From the Wall Street Journal to Bloomberg – and from many other sources who track the condition of the housing market in the U.S. Home sales, prices and demand has risen sharply in the past couple of months.

If you’ve been postponing your decision to buy a home until “the time is right,” these latest statistics indicate it could be exactly that moment. With the price of homes inching upwards – along with projected interest rate increases – waiting too long can mean a difference of tens of thousands of dollars. And that is money that we know you’d rather keep in your own pocket. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, moving up, down, or returning to homeownership again – the answer to the following questions will help you start to determine if you’re prepared to make the leap.

Have You Chatted Up You Credit Lately?

Seems like you can’t change the TV channel anymore without hearing about all the free credit scores that are out there just for the taking. The truth is, of course, “free” is a relative term. (Some of those free credit scores may not cost you cash out of pocket, but they often make up for that by requesting you give up your privacy. Information is money these days, after all.)

The better way to get a free score – if you’re seriously in the market to buy a home – is to apply for a pre-qualification with a mortgage lender. Then be sure to ask them to give you a copy of your entire credit report. There may be errors in there that affect your credit score, and if so, now’s the time to fix them. Such corrections can save you a lot of money in interest expense not only on a mortgage loan, but for many other purchases you make. (It’s been estimated that upwards of 25% of credit reports include errors – so it’s worth checking out.)

But regardless of where you get your credit score, you need to know what that magic number is. It will help you determine if you’re eligible for a mortgage loan – and if so, what type and at what interest rate. Keep in mind though, a pre-qualification letter from a lender is not a commitment to make your loan. It simply indicates based on the information you provide, and under those circumstances, you should be able to qualify for one. Just remember that if your credit score is on your side, you’ll still want to shop around for the best and most affordable loan option.

How Much Home Can You Afford?

Just won MegaBucks? Congrats! You can buy whatever home you choose, cash on the barrel. But if you’re like most people, you’re going to need a mortgage loan. The good news is that rates are still low, which makes qualifying for a loan more affordable and budget-friendly. And it can also mean the difference between buying a home you like, and living in the neighborhood you love. (For example, at 4% interest – a mortgage loan for $250,000 costs less than $250/month more than a loan for $200,000.)

The most important thing is to determine your mortgage limits before you start shopping for a home. That way, you’re less likely to overextend your finances because you fall in love with a home that’s not right for your finances. Getting a pre-qualification letter from a mortgage lender is a start – but rates, fees and costs can vary tremendously from one lender to another and can easily swing the final answer from “denied” to “approved.”

Also, due to changes to lending regulations, you may be better off working with a mortgage broker (who can shop around for the best deal with multiple lenders) – rather than going straight to your bank (who normally offers only their own loan products). (FYI-Premier Mortgage Lending is a mortgage broker, and even better, we specialize in No Fee Loans. )

What’s Your Five-Year Plan?

It might seem like a no-brainer to own a home if the mortgage payment would be substantially less than your rent amount. But when you buy a home, you should know that you’re going to live there for at least the next five years. Why? Because the own-vs.-rent cost comparison doesn’t take into account the other costs of homeownership, such as maintenance, repairs, and mortgage-related fees. (Spoiler Alert: Premier Mortgage’s No-Fee Loans actually tip those scales in your favor.) But if your employment is secure and you’re looking to put down roots, then add this to your “+” column as a good reason to own.

Of course, the answers to these three questions are just the start. If all indicators point towards “Let’s find our new home, honey!” – there will be many more to follow. Just remember you don’t have to do it alone. Your Realtor and mortgage lender are there to help you navigate your way from “We love it!” to “We own it!” Happy home shopping!

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.

7 things to know about applying for Home Loans.

Buying a home is a big decision and with that comes a lot of learning about home loans. We, at Premier Mortgage Lending, have outlined 7 things that all buyers should know about applying for home loans.

1) Learn about the different types of loans that are offered and their benefits. Traditional loans (i.e. FHA, VA, Conventional) will all be run through an automated underwriting system which will tell the lender if your credit is acceptable.

2) Some private lenders will offer a ‘Second Chance’ loan. Premier Mortgage Lending look at your credit history prior to the foreclosure or short sale to decide if you are an acceptable candidate for our ‘Second Chance’ program. We want to know that prior to your foreclosure or short sale, you had a history of paying your bills on time.

3) Before you apply for your home loan, calculate what you can realistically afford including taxes and insurance. You can use a mortgage calculator to help you. When calculating how much you can afford, consider making a higher down payment to reduce your mortgage payment.

4) Don’t apply for any new credit accounts before you apply for your home loan as this will alter your credit report and can impact the type of loan you’ll be able to receive.

5) Keep all of your existing credit accounts active. This will help to not only maintain a credit history but show a higher credit to debt ratio which can help to give you a better credit score and interest rate.

6) Keep a stable employment history. Lenders want to see that you have a consistent employment history to ensure that you’ll be able to pay your mortgage payments. Best case scenario is to have been employed by the same company for at least 2 years.

7) Last but not least, pay your bills on time. This will not only improve your credit score but will also help to ensure that those lenders who look at your credit report in detail can see a trustworthy candidate.

For more information on Premier Mortgage Lending financing options please contact us on 702-485-6600 or by clicking here.

Seven things to do to improve your credit score.

During the recession, hundreds of thousands of people saw their credit scores were negatively impacted. Now it’s time to get those credit scores back up. Here are 7 guidelines to follow to help improve your credit score.

1) Check your credit report. This should help to not only give you an idea of the direction your credit score is going but also to ensure that it is correct.

2) Pay your bills on time. Making sure you are making your payments on time will help to improve your credit score.

3) Pay more than the minimum payment due. Not only will this help to clear your debt quicker, but will also have a positive impact on your credit score.

4) Pay off higher interest debts first. Evaluate your credit debts and then devise a payment plan that allocated most of your available budget for debt payments towards the highest interest cards first, after you have maintained minimum payments on your other accounts.

5) Don’t apply for new credit. Shopping around for new credit will also lower your credit score, as well as opening more credit. You will also end up with higher interest rates if you already have high credit card debts.

6) Don’t close your existing credit cards. Keeping credit open but not used, helps your credit-to-debt ratio. Closing credit will actually lower your credit score. Avoid temptation by cutting your credit cards so they are not useable.

7) Manage your credit. Making sure you have more credit than debt will help to increase your credit score.

For those of you who’s credit scores have been effected by the recession, please see our Another Chance program for more information on how you could receive a Private Home loan so that you can own a home once again.