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Not So “Quick and Easy” Online Lenders Can Cost Borrowers Thousands

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Lenders make it sound so easy. Simply fill out a quick online application, or even do it over your phone – and “poof!” – you have loan approval.

At least, that’s the cover story. But as with most things that might seem too-good-to-be-true, this one usually is, too. Not because it’s necessarily difficult to get loan approval, but because these companies aren’t really telling the whole story.

Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending explains it this way: “The simplest analogy would be to remind you about the last time you went to buy a new car.

“Remember how you saw and heard ads that promised you a “great deal on a new car”? Perfect timing, because you were in the market for one and this sounded like the perfect solution. But then you walked in the door and things, uh, ‘changed.’ A bunch of pesky details came up. It turned out, the deal they advertised wasn’t for the type of car you want, or you had to pay for more options than you wanted. Perhaps it required a certain credit score you didn’t have – so the payments and interest rate were higher than you were expecting. And then there was all the fine print about the warranty and the financing terms.

“The point is, they got you in the door with big promises, and even though the story changed once you were there, you already felt “invested” in the process. So maybe you stayed, accepting each of their revisions to the deal you were expecting one by one – simply to get it all over and done with.

“And there’s nothing really wrong with adjusting your expectations in a transaction – if the cost and the stakes aren’t more than you’re willing to pay. Sometimes it’s really more a matter of what your time is worth, so if we pay a little bit more for a car we really love, that’s not necessarily going to be a deal-breaker.

A home, however, is a different story. Large national banks and online mortgage companies use those same tactics to ‘get you in the door’ to capture your business – hoping that as they slowly change the details of your loan’s cost, rates and the details, borrowers will (again) be too invested in the process and will just accept it all because it’s easier than starting over somewhere new.

““Gotcha.” According to Piette, “That has to be how those lenders feel. They’ve just added another loan to their quota, another bonus to their paycheck. You just became a number, a source of income, and once they’ve hooked your application they know you’re more than likely to stay – no matter how smooth (or not) you loan process goes. It’s a sad commentary, but it’s true more often than we’d like to admit.”

However, if there’s one thing that Rick Piette would like to say to every mortgage borrower, it’s this: “Picking the wrong mortgage lender can unnecessarily cost you thousands of dollars out of pocket – because all mortgage lenders are not the same. Taking an hour or two of your time to shop around to compare interest rates and fees can easily turn into the best ‘hourly rate’ you’ve ever paid yourself!” (To see how easy it is to compare mortgage loans, visit our KnowBeforeYouOweNevada website.)

How does that work? Like this: With a bank or mortgage banker, usually your only options are for the loan programs their own institution offers. That means that no one is ‘competing’ for the opportunity to make your loan – or trying to get you the best rate and fees. It’s all done in-house, at the cost that big institution wants you to pay.

“But for a Mortgage Broker like Premier, finding the best loan out of competitive options is precisely what we do. Borrowers fill out one loan application, provide supporting documents one time – and Premier shops with its network of lenders to find the best rate and the lowest fees.

“In fact, Premier Mortgage Lending even offers a true “No Fee Mortgage” – that charges borrowers absolutely $0 for Loan Origination, Underwriting, Document, and Processing Fees. As these items can add up to as much as 4% or more of your loan amount, (that’s $10,000+ on a $250,000 loan) – you can see why choosing the right lender is critical.

“These “quick and easy” lenders also fail to explain that while filling out an application takes only a few minutes, obtaining formal loan approval is a process that takes time. It requires proper documentation provided within the proper time frame, adds Piette. “There’s a sequence, problems to address, deadlines to meet – and it must all be coordinated with the seller, inspectors, escrow and title companies.”

One other thing to remember: This process takes time. If you chose an online lender, you’re working with a “company” – not a Loan Officer that’s dedicated specifically to you and your loan, as you would be with Premier Mortgage.

“Usually with an online mortgage lender, you call an (800) number, get transferred around, mail documents, and often speak to someone new each time you call. That lack of clear communication is how questions can go unanswered, problems aren’t addressed and resolved, deadlines get missed, and you may even see your interest rate and fees unexpectedly go up at the last minute – when it’s too late for you to change lenders.

“That doesn’t happen at Premier. Because you’re working with an experienced Loan Officer who lives here in Las Vegas, knows the market, and has relationships with the Realtors, lenders, title and escrow companies who will be handling your loan,” adds Piette. “Personal service like that doesn’t come over the internet. Real people, where you live, working for you – that’s the Premier Mortgage difference.”

Learn more about the experienced professionals available to help you buy that home you’ve had your eye on by calling 702.485.6600 – or visiting the Premier Mortgage Lending website.

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.

How Can It Be Your “Dream Home” if You Have a “Nightmare Mortgage?”

mortgageAhhhhh……the magic of finding “The Perfect Home.” It may be your very first home, or the one you plan to grow old in; your first “never-lived-in-before-brand-new” home, or the dream home you designed yourself and brought to life.

“Every person’s idea of their Dream Home is different, as it should be. But in the search for finding it, many forget to pay attention to one very important detail: Getting the “Dream Mortgage Loan” to go with it. Because if you spend every month giving yourself a kick when you make that mortgage payment, well . . . let’s just say that probably wasn’t what you had in mind in your dream scenario.”

As owner of Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rick Piette has seen his fair share of people who found out too late that their “Dream Home” unfortunately ended up with a “Nightmare Mortgage.”

“It’s what happens when people decide to leave the decisions about financing their mortgage up to someone else – such as their builder or their Realtor®. Because if they had paid just a little closer attention to the details, I know they’d have made a better choice . . . the one that would have saved them a lot of money.

“And that’s hard for us to see, because it’s so much easier than most people think to make sure they’re getting the best deal on a loan,” Piette adds. “At Premier, we’ve spent a lot of time sharing that news in articles and on our website. We’ve even created a series of videos to break down that information into easy-to-follow steps of what to look for in your loan.

“But the main points we tell buyers to keep in mind are these:  Shop around with more than one lender, compare fees, compare interest rates – and then you’ll be equipped to see exactly which lender will cost you – and which one will save you – as much as thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

“Keep in mind, too, that a “loan pre-approval” is not a commitment – either from you (to get your loan from that lender) – or for a lender to make that loan to you. So even if your builder or Realtor® had you get a pre-approval letter from their preferred lender, you’re still not required to go with them.

“That’s a good thing. Because when you gather the Loan Estimates from two or more lenders and sit down to compare the rate and the fees, you may discover a huge discrepancy in the overall cost. Many Banks and Mortgage Bankers charge big fees for Loan Origination, Underwriting, Document, and Processing – and if you see those on their Loan Estimate, our suggestion is to run for the hills!” laughs Piette.

“But seriously – why do we say that? Because at Premier Mortgage, we offer a true “No Fee Loan” that doesn’t charge you anything for those items – and those are fees that can add up to $5-$8,000 or even more to the cost of getting your loan.”

Additionally, many buyers don’t know that Mortgage Brokers (like Premier) are regulated differently from Banks and Mortgage Bankers. Buyers may assume that the Broker will charge them a fee, but that’s not true. Instead, the lender actually pays the Broker’s commission because the Broker helps reduce the lender’s costs in several ways.

Also, a Broker can only earn income from one source, and that source is almost always the lender — not the borrower. All this is required to be disclosed directly on the Broker’s estimate – something that Banks and Mortgage Bankers aren’t required to do.

As there is no additional cost to the borrower, working with a Broker may be the buyer’s best option for these reasons:

• They have detailed knowledge about different lenders and may be able to find a lender who specializes in the type of home they’re looking for.
• They often have access to lenders that borrowers could not approach directly.
• They help borrowers get all of their documentation together with a single loan application that allows them to shop their network of lenders with less paperwork to complete.
• Brokers can assist those who do not have perfect credit or may have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage on their own.

“When you consider all the benefits of working with a Mortgage Broker like Premier Mortgage Lending: lower fees, transparency in earnings, saving you legwork, getting you information on several different loan options that are available to you – you can see how easy it is to make sure that “Dream Home” has the sweetest “Dream Mortgage” you could find to go along with it. And that just makes for a really happy ending.”

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.

1% Down Mortgage Loan Makes Renting a Thing of the Past

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Let’s face it, owning a home really is a big deal – and not only for the financial benefits it can bring. (Although really, we think that should be reason enough!) There’s also a significant emotional boost when you’re handed the keys to your very own home. There’s an incredible sense of accomplishment, of knowing you’re providing a secure foundation for your family, feeling a part of the community, and having the ability to build the life you choose. It can literally affect everything else going on in your life and that of your family.

But surprisingly, many people just make the assumption that buying a home is something that’s out of their reach. In fact, some studies show as many as 50% of renters would prefer to own rather than paying a landlord each month – but they never even inquire if they’re eligible for a home loan.

To Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending, that’s just giving up on your dream. “Sometimes, people don’t think their credit is good enough; or often, they think it means saving up for a big down payment plus a lot of closing costs – and they’ll just figure they’ll never be able to come up with that much money at once.”

But now there’s a way to get into a home without that big cash outlay. In fact, buyers can now buy a home for about the same as the cost of moving into a rental apartment or home – with Premier Mortgage’s new “Conventional One Percent Down with Equity Boost” mortgage loan.

“This loan program is successfully turning many renters into homeowners. And if you look at the numbers, it’s easy to see why,” explains Piette.

“Imagine finding a home to rent for $1,500/month. By the time you pay the first and last months’ rent, plus security, cleaning, pet, and other deposits, it’s probably going to cost you $4,000+ just to move in.

“But what if instead, you buy a $285,000 house. Your down payment will be $2,850, and your total monthly mortgage payment (with taxes and insurance) will be about $1,750. However, since you gain tax advantages by owning, your tax-adjusted payment (assuming a typical 25% tax rate) would be under $1,400 per month. That means you’ll actually save money on both your initial investment cost and your monthly payment.”

“It gets even better, though,” Piette reveals. “It’s a 30-year, fixed conventional loan, so the mortgage payment never changes. It also falls within our “No Fee” loan structure, which means borrowers pay $0 for Loan Origination, Documents, Underwriting, and Prep fees.

“And the icing on the cake? At close of escrow, the lender contributes an additional 2% down, so as soon as the buyer is handed the keys, they have 3% equity ownership, not just 1%.”

“The bottom line is that our 1% Down program takes a lot of the “scary” out of getting a mortgage loan,” Piette continues. “And when you compare the numbers of renting vs. buying with this loan, it’s tough to come up with an argument not to buy a home!”

To learn more about the qualifying conditions for this loan, visit Premier’s website at www.1PercentLoan.com. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to discuss Premier Mortgage Lending’s many other available loan programs, call (702) 485-6600. Or, apply online at www.premiermortgagelending.com.

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.

Proof That Buying a Home is Smarter Than Renting

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If you rent a home in Las Vegas, you probably located that home through the usual methods. Checking online ads, driving neighborhoods, scanning through Zillow, Trulia, and other similar sites to find one that works for you. Or perhaps just to find one at all – since rental homes in Las Vegas are in high competition, and each one usually has multiple applicants.

“During that process, you probably couldn’t help but notice (especially on the real estate sites) the estimated value of those homes, or how much they last sold for,” explains Rick Piette of Premier Mortgage Lending. “Those well-placed ‘home financing’ ads caught your eye, and somewhere along the line you started thinking, “Jeez – the mortgage payment would be less than the rent!”

“And therein lies the point. In fact, we’re not telling you anything you don’t already know – because it’s no secret that owning a home is infinitely better than renting, for many reasons. Not only stability and security for your family, but financial benefits, equity building, and more, Piette continues. “Keep in mind, too, landlords wouldn’t be very smart if they rented their properties for less than their mortgage payments, would they?

“So, what is it that stops most people from home buying – when all indications are that it’s the smarter decision? In almost every case, it’s fear,” explains Piette. “Fear that they don’t have the down payment saved up, fear that they won’t qualify for a mortgage loan – or both. But as a FDR once reminded us, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” And that’s true- especially when it comes to getting a mortgage loan.”

“That’s why I’m excited to share the news about Premier Mortgage Lending’s new 1% Down Loan Program. This loan is helping many people who shared those fears leave the uncertainty and high cost of renting behind to step into a home of their own – and it’s simply life-changing,” Piette reveals.

How does this new “Conventional One Percent Down with Equity Boost” loan work?

• Requires only 1% of the purchase price as a down payment.
• No savings? No problem. This 1% down payment can be in the form of a gift from a family member.
• The Lender adds another 2% down on your home on your behalf. (You’ll instantly have 3% equity in your home at closing.)
• It falls under our true “No Fees” program.
• 30-year, fixed rate loan.

“To be honest, even I wasn’t sure if this loan was as good as it seemed – until I started helping our borrowers use it to buy a home. And I can confirm that it’s every bit what it promises,” adds Piette. “Our 1% Down Loan is really having an impact for Las Vegas homebuyers – making the expensive (and non-recoupable) costs of renting a thing of their past.

“If saving up for a 5, 10, or 20% down payment has been your biggest hurdle to buying a home – then we need to talk. Because you have the power to change your life and start building financial freedom, and Premier Mortgage is here to help make that happen,” Piette assures.

To find out more about how Premier Mortgage may just be the best thing to happen to homebuyers in years – visit www.1percentloan.com for more details and see if you may qualify for our true 1% Down Loan Program. Then call us to find out more 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.

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.

All That Stands Between You and The Home You Want is 1%

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Imagine if only one month’s rent could get you into a new home. Can you picture it? You and your family – living in a home of your own? No more landlords. No more apartments. No more worrying about rent increases. And finally being able to hang a picture, paint a room, or plant a tree without getting “permission.”

If that sounds like a dream come true – hold onto that thought. Because now, Premier Mortgage can make that particular dream a reality.

“We now have a 1 Percent Down loan program that truly is exactly that,” reveals Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending. “And not only are we helping people become homeowners with this program – they’re also gaining an extra 2% equity at close of escrow.

“It all sounds a bit too good to be true, I know. And to be honest, when I was first presented with this loan program, I spent a lot of time playing “Devil’s Advocate” – trying to find out what the catch was. But I’m here to say it’s the real deal. No tricks, no last-minute surprises, no catches at all. It works exactly as it’s described – and buyers are taking advantage of this loan program with us every day.

It’s called the “Conventional 1 Percent Down With Equity Boost Program” – and here’s how it works:

• The Buyer’s down payment is 1% of the purchase price. (Example: $250,000 home = $2,500 down.)
• The Lender puts an additional 2% down on your home on your behalf. ($5,000.)
• So when you close escrow, you’ll instantly have $7,500 of equity in your home – not just $2,500.
• This loan also falls under our “No Fees” program – which means $0 for Loan Origination, Document, or Underwriting Fees. (With most lenders, this can add up to 2% of the purchase price to your closing payment.)

“Those are some pretty amazing benefits,” states Piette. “And the most common question I get from customers is “Why? Why would the lender put 2% down, too?”

“The answer to that is simple: The lender charges an interest rate slightly higher than the going market rate – about .25%. And because this program results in more loans being made – they recoup their investment from that additional interest.

At a time when interest rates are still hovering just above record lows, and ownership rates continue to rise, that additional .25% interest is an easily affordable way to secure a home for you and your family and continue to build equity over time.

As Piette explains, “Say you were to purchase that home mentioned above for $250,000. With 1% down, and a loan amount of $249,000, at 4.5% interest your principal and interest payment would be $1,229. At 4.75%, the payment would be $1,265.

“That’s a difference of only $36/month. When you consider that (a) most rental rates cost more than a mortgage loan for the same property, and (b) it might take you 1 to 2 years (or even more) to save the money to put 5% down to buy a home (in this case – $12,500 – and that’s if prices and interest rates don’t rise in the meantime) – it simply doesn’t make sense not to take advantage of this loan program,” concludes Piette.

To find out more about the “Conventional 1 Percent Down With Equity Boost” loan program with Premier Mortgage, visit www.1percentloan.com, or 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.

‘Tis the Shopping Season! Is Your Mortgage Loan on Your List?

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The holiday season is upon us full force. Actually, it’s been coming on for a while, hasn’t it? When you start seeing Christmas decorations in the stores before Halloween has passed, you know that retailers are competing in vying for your dollars by offering one great deal after another. Which is great! Because with all the Before Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas sales going on, you can make darn sure that you’re finding the best deal you can for all the gifts on your shopping list.

Oh – if we just had one wish this holiday season, it would be that people who need a mortgage loan would follow that same logic! Because when it comes to getting a mortgage – it should be just like anything else you buy: Shopping for the best deal.

“Everyone at Premier Mortgage has been sharing that news for quite some time – but we know there are still plenty out there who don’t know that you can get a deal on a mortgage loan,” explains Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas.

“How do we know? Because we still surprise new customers when they discover our true “No Fee” loans really do cost thousands of dollars less than the lender their Realtor or home builder sent them to. Yes, there is a difference between mortgage lenders – and it’s not that difficult to sniff out the best mortgage loan deal. In fact, we’ve created a website that explains just how to do it,” adds Piette.

The website Rick Piette is referring to is http://www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com. Created for local Nevadans here in Las Vegas, it’s based on the premise of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) website about educating consumers about the rights of borrowers when it comes to getting a mortgage loan. But Piette expanded on that idea by providing a collection of short, easy-to-understand videos that explain things such as:

• Understanding the actual cost of getting a home loan
• How to compare Loan Estimates, what to ask and what information to look for
• Seller Incentives and how they can affect the cost of your loan
• The differences between lenders
• “Visible” and “Invisible” loan charges (we told you not all lenders are the same!)
• What’s a Marketing Service Agreement, and how it can cost you money
• How your Real Estate Agent’s lending referrals can save you – or cost you – money

According to Piette, “This collection of videos altogether add up to only about 15 minutes of time – but the information contained in them is priceless. It gives home buyers an enormous advantage when it comes to not only getting the best loan for their circumstances – but saving an incredible amount of money while doing it.

“Truly, it’s not uncommon for us to save our clients anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 – or even more. And the icing on the cake: They’ll get the same loan for less – with the best, friendliest, and most personalized service around.”

Since so many Premier Mortgage customers return over and over again for their future mortgage loan needs, and waste no time referring their family and friends to do the same – it’s a pretty safe bet there are good reasons for that.

“At Premier, we pride ourselves on providing savings, service, and long-term industry expertise,” Piette adds. “So far, we’ve found those to be our clients’ favorite reasons for coming back.”

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.

With First-Time Home Buyers on the Rise, Mortgage Availability Plays a Role

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According to recent reports from the National Association of Realtors®, 2016 has shown some positive and interesting developments when it comes to the sale of residential real estate. The market share of first-time home buyers has risen to a high of 35 percent of all homes purchased. Even more impressive is that 61 percent of those buyers were under the age of 35. Those figures could actually be even higher, as Zillow recently released data indicating first-time home buyers were actually 47 percent of the market. But either way, it’s good news for them and good news for U.S. real estate. (Watch out – here come the Millennials!)

It’s an exciting development that shows young adults are choosing – and more importantly are able – to realize the dream of homeownership. However, it’s also a trend many weren’t expecting. Not long ago, papers were filled with articles suggesting the majority of Millennials were deciding to live at home during their college years and possibly even planning to take up permanent residency there. Accordingly, the housing market began actively promoting the development of multi-generational home designs to accommodate this generational shift.

But this newly reported uptick in Millennial first-time buyers wasn’t surprising news to Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending.

As he explains, “A lot of times, the “trends” that media sources report don’t reflect the big picture. It was only this past May the ‘experts’ (such as Bloomberg and the Washington Post) were predicting this age group was more likely to continue living in their parents’ basements indefinitely – simply out of financial necessity. “In essence, they were saying that an entire generation of young Americans may not be ever want, or be able, to become homeowners.

“But at Premier, we had a much different take,” continues Piette. “We were seeing signs that this market growth was coming some time ago. (Click here to view our article from May 2015 on the subject.). And the three indicators that led us to our conclusion were these:

1. “Naturally, the first was due to the sheer volume of the Millennial Generation. At 75.4 million, their numbers have surpassed even the Baby Boomer presence of 74.9 million. That fact is going to have an impact, any way you slice it.

2. “Next, we were seeing that lending restrictions were slowly loosening up in the years after the economic crash. Because we work so closely every day with many different lenders – and we’re always educating our team about changing mortgage rules and regulations – it was clear to us that mortgage loans would be working more in favor of first-time buyers at almost precisely the same time Millennials were planning to head out on their own. Making the move into buying a home was the next logical step,” adds Piette.

3. “Finally, we know something about what the desire and opportunity to own a home means to people. Times may change, the economy may have its ups and downs (okay, sometimes very low downs) – but the innate need to create a nest or a safe haven for yourself and your family has never wavered. It’s simply human nature, perhaps even more so in our society. The fact is, there are few things that instill such a sense of achievement, pride, and self-worth than the ability to own a home.

“I suppose what I’m saying is that at Premier, we know the mortgage lending industry. Not only because we need to – so that we can provide the most knowledgeable service to our customers. But because we simply love what we do. In fact, sometimes I wonder if all our Loan Officers carry a ‘mortgage lending DNA’ gene,” Piette says with a smile.

That type of intimate industry knowledge is one of the prime benefits of choosing Premier Mortgage as your lender. Another is that – unlike huge multi-state banks or online lenders – Premier’s clients work directly with their Loan Officer in a personal, one-on-one relationship. As a locally owned Mortgage Broker, borrowers get the highest quality service from a tight-knit team of professionals that know their local Las Vegas market. In most cases, Premier’s Loan Officers are personally acquainted with the agents, builders, escrow and other individuals that are involved with every mortgage transaction – and their customers benefit from those relationships.

As Piette states, “Las Vegas is our town, too. This is the community where we live, work, raise our families, play, and participate. It is personal to us, because our clients are our neighbors and often become friends, too. Without staying on top of our game – with a team of experts and great programs like our true “No Fee” mortgage loans – we wouldn’t be able to give them the extraordinary service and outcomes they deserve. The great news for Millennials is that we’re happy to be here to make the dream come true for our next homebuying generation, too!”

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.

How to Find the Right Loan Officer for Your Mortgage

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Let’s say you’re in the market for a new mortgage loan. You’ve just made an offer on a home – it’s been accepted – you’re thrilled – and all you need now to make your dreams come true is loan approval, and you’re home free. (Well, more like, “home mortgaged” – but you catch our drift.)

If you’re working with a Realtor™, they may have sent you directly to their ‘preferred lender’ to get your loan started. Or you might have heard that it’s a smart move for you to shop around with different lenders to find the best deal – since all mortgage lenders are NOT the same. (At least, we certainly hope you’ve heard us saying that during the past few months! Like in this article.)

However, even when armed with the knowledge about how to compare Loan Estimate figures from one lender to the next (so that you are able to save literally thousands of dollars on your loan costs) there is still one other detail you need to consider: The experience and reputation of your Loan Officer. Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending, explains why.

“As consumers, it’s fairly common for us to narrow our wide number of choices down to one company who gives us the best numbers – and then just assume that everything will be handled as it should be. After all, a company should stand behind its product and its people, right? They should know how to get your loan from Point A to Point D, by completing steps B and C in the proper way. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way. Just think about the last time you received poor service from a store you shopped at, and you’ll see what we mean.

“But obtaining a mortgage loan is much more complex than buying an appliance, or even a car,” continues Piette. “When you think about it, no two people have exactly the same life circumstances, financial situation, or credit details. And on top of that, there is the oversight of the lending industry itself – with ongoing changes to federal regulations that affect guidelines and escrow requirements, legal disclosures, lending ratios, and so much more.

“With a mortgage loan, the details matter. That’s why you don’t want to put your loan into the hands of a person who isn’t well-versed in how to get it done right, in order, and in the timely manner that’s required. Because if it’s not, the end result can be disappointing – or even devastating – for you and your family.”

So how can you know that you’ve chosen not only the right mortgage lender – but the right Loan Officer, too? Rick Piette recommends adding the following questions to your loan shopping process to make sure you’re comfortable with your final choice.

1. “How long have you been in the mortgage business?” To be fair, we all have to begin our careers somewhere. And everyone makes mistakes at some time or another. Still, in the same way that you probably wouldn’t ask an intern to perform a complicated surgery on you – it’s in your best interests to find someone with an experienced background in exactly what you’re seeking: a residential mortgage loan. Given the economic turmoil of recent years, it’s not necessarily important for their experience to be with the same company; but it does matter if they’ve been working in your city for a period of time. Why is location important? Because knowing the local market and creating relationships with reputable industry agents – such as escrow and title companies, appraisers, underwriters, etc. – can play a huge role in your Loan Officer’s ability to anticipate, prepare for, and head off problems that can affect your end result: Loan approval.

2. “Do you have any special expertise in the type of loan I need?” If you’re planning to get an FHA or a VA loan, make sure they’re experienced in dealing with the specific requirements in those areas. Or if you’re self-employed, or need a Jumbo loan or second-chance financing, there may be extra hurdles faced for each of those situations. You don’t want to take chances that an important “i“ wasn’t dotted, or a “t” wasn’t crossed. Think about it this way: Your Loan Officer has learned something from every loan they’ve ever made. Why not stack the deck in your favor to choose one that is more than familiar with the type of loan you need?

“One other important thing to remember about getting a loan is that timing is critical for a borrower’s mortgage transaction. If a loan is delayed due to errors or a Loan Officer’s failure to request and submit proper documentation on time, the buyer may end up paying more money, not have a place to live in the interim, or even lose the deal completely. And there simply aren’t enough “I’m sorry!”s in the world to make that okay again,” explains Piette.

“At Premier, we’ve relied on a simple formula to choose the best Loan Officers to work with our company,” Piette explains. “Simple, but not easy, because they need to possess all of these traits: Experience, extensive industry knowledge, creativity, responsiveness, availability for clients, be problem-solvers, and most of all – completely up-front and honest in all their business dealings. We won’t settle for anything less, and we wouldn’t ask our customers to, either.”

Fortunately for Piette, he’s been very successful at assembling a team that meets all of those qualifications – and each individual also boasts an impressive career history. “I’ve worked with Cheryll Acevedo, Dianne Herra, and Sydnee Johnson for so long that we’re more like family than friends,” confirms Rick. “That’s one of the advantages of being a small, local Mortgage Broker, in my opinion. We’re a tight-knit team that works hard, plays hard, and we all share the same philosophy: To focus on providing our clients with the best service and the best products on the market.”

Find out more about Premier Mortgage Lending’s Loan Officers and about their true “No Fee” mortgage loans by calling (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.

Just Say “No” to Mortgage Loan Fees

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“No.” It’s a simple word, right? But it’s amazing how often we have difficulty saying it. Especially at those times when it affects our finances. If we could just get a bit more practice in using “No” as a response to tough – or even friendly sales tactics – though, we’d probably be surprised at how far those two little letters can take us down the road to getting a better deal. Especially when it comes to a mortgage loan.

How does that work, you ask? Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending explains: “For decades, the mortgage industry in general has subtly trained homebuyers to simply accept the idea that getting a mortgage loan costs money . . . a lot of money. Banks and mortgage bankers have added huge fees to the Loan Estimates they provide their customers – and it’s not a coincidence that those in the industry commonly refer to them as “junk fees.

The first fee homebuyers should learn to “Just Say No” to is the Loan Origination,” continues Piette. “Lenders often explain that this figure – which can add 1-2% (or even more) to your loan amount – is “necessary” to “buy down” your interest rate. That’s simply not true. While sometimes it is possible, or even wise, to do that with a Loan Origination Fee – it’s simply not something you should have to pay to get the current market interest rate for a traditional mortgage loan.

The second fee to say “No” to is the Processing Fee. This figure will vary from lender to lender, if they charge this fee at all (which Premier Lending does not),” Piette adds. “And it can reach some pretty high numbers – as much as $495-$695 and up. But think about it: Why would you have to pay a fee for someone to simply do their job and process your loan application? Don’t they already get paid for that? The answer is – yes, they do. The correct phrase to tell your lender if this fee shows up is: “No, I’m not paying this.”

Third is the Underwriting Fee. Again, another way (and a creative term, don’t you think?) for lenders to add additional income to their bottom line just for the act of making your loan to you. Just. Say. No.

And fourth, the infamous Document Prep Fee,” explains Piette. “This one is probably the most blatant junk fee of all – charging you for their time just to draw up the documents that are necessary to make your loan in the first place. Normally in the $250 or so range, I think this particular fee is the one that infuriates borrowers the most. (And imagine the satisfaction you’ll get for saying “No!” to that one!)”

“Altogether, for a $200,000 mortgage loan – these junk fees alone can cost a consumer as much $4,000 or more, and that comes right out of you pocket at escrow closing. Considering all the other legitimate costs that homebuyers are required to pay at closing – such as recurring costs (taxes, insurance, etc.), and legitimate closing costs (title search, title insurance, flood determination fee, transfer tax, etc.) – when lenders choose to add such expensive and arbitrary costs, well . . . we just don’t think that’s right,” explains Piette. “That’s why we chose to operate as a Mortgage Broker, and we can offer our customers a true, no-smoke-and-mirrors, “No Fee” loan.

It’s not that at Premier Mortgage we have anything against a business making a profit, of course. That’s a huge part of bringing jobs to a community, and we’re all for that! But we all know that some companies operate more ethically than others. And where some will take financial advantage of their customers (even illegal advantages – as in the recent Wells Fargo fiasco demonstrates) – others are committed to consistently doing the right thing, making a fair profit, and helping customers save more of their own hard-earned money.

The latter is even more common when it comes to local community-based businesses. Why? Because these are your neighbors, your friends, the people who share your love for your town and truly want to make it a better place for all its residents. Fortunately for Las Vegas homebuyers, that also happens to perfectly describe the team at Premier Mortgage Lending.

“At Premier, we want to help our customers not only get the best deal and the best rate for their mortgage loans, we want them to understand why and how we’re able to offer that to them,” Piette continues. “We’ve even created a website (www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com) of short informational videos to help borrowers understand the basics that will allow them to compare lenders themselves. It’s not about us saying “We’re the best – use us for your loan!” It’s about helping people to make the best financial decisions for their situation.

“Of course, since pretty much any financial decision is going to include the desire to save money, that pretty much explains why so many homebuyers do choose Premier Mortgage Lending for their home purchase or refinance loan needs,” Piette offers.

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.