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A Mortgage Broker Saves Time AND Money

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Saving time and saving money. That’s pretty much the mantra of our society today, it seems. We’re always in search of finding new ways to save our own valuable time (which seems to be spread far too thin anymore). And since the Great Recession, who hasn’t paid a lot more attention to how their money is spent, making sure we get the best value for our buck?

We start shopping for a car online, and often find the perfect one for the best price several states away – so we’ll have it shipped to us and still save money in the process. When it’s time to shop for a home, it’s back to the computer where we’ll take a look at everything available that fits our needs, and then try to negotiate the best price. Saving time. Saving money.

“But you know what just got missed in those transactions? Taking a little extra time to save money on the financing,” explains Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas. “It always amazes me that people put such effort into finding those big-ticket items they want to purchase – but often completely ignore the costs involved with borrowing the money to buy it. 

“Let’s face it, those banks didn’t get “too big to fail” by making it cheap for customers to borrow money. And in the same way banks will nickel-and dime you with fees just for the privilege of holding your money for you (with service fees, ATM fees, minimum balance fees, see-a-Teller fees, and more) –  banks also maximize their income by charging mortgage borrowers plenty of fees piled on top of the mortgage interest rate they’ll be paying.

If it weren’t for the fact that when it comes to a mortgage loan – those fees they pile on can cost you thousands of dollars that you shouldn’t have to pay – it might not be that big of a deal. If all things were equal, it might be worth showing your financial institution some loyalty and keep all your business in one place. But things are not equal when it comes to mortgage loans, and that type of misplaced loyalty can be more expensive than you know.

“It’s an unfortunate truth that many homebuyers aren’t aware of,” Piette continues. “Partly because Banks and Mortgage Bankers have gone out of their way to create a scenario that makes it seem all these fees are “the normal cost of doing business” – and they’re not. 

The alternative? One example would be the true “No Fee Loan” from Premier Mortgage Lending. As a Mortgage Broker, Premier is able to save borrowers a tremendous amount by completely eliminating those income-inflating fees, such as:

1. Loan Origination Fee – which can be anywhere from 1-2% (or more) of your purchase price.
2. Processing Fee –  which can range from $495-$695 or higher.
3. Underwriting Fee – ranges from $250-$500 and more.
4. Document Prep Fee – $250 + up (and really? you have to pay for them to prepare the documents, too?)

“At Premier Mortgage, literally none of those fees apply – which for a $225,000 loan can cost a borrower upwards of $6,000, right out of pocket,” Piette explains. “There’s no smoke and mirrors with Premier, either. No bait and switch. Our traditional loans just flat out save our customers that money.

“But “time” is an important factor, too. Saving time AND money is one of the best things about working with a Mortgage Broker. Why? Because with a Mortgage Broker, you only need to fill out one loan application – and then we work with our large network of lenders to shop around to find the absolute best deal for your needs.

“That’s a real time-saver for borrowers,” he explains, “because with a Bank, your loan application is only to apply for their own loan products. There are no options to consider, no choices to make – it’s only their rates, their fees, and if you want to look for a better deal you have to go around town and fill out multiple loan applications. But since a Broker works with many lenders, we do all that legwork for you. Then we sit down with the results of our search and together we choose the best loan for you.”

Of course, saving time and money is great – as long as there’s a level of trust involved with the money part, that is.

“So, one other thing to remember is this: A Mortgage Broker is required by law to disclose all income they receive from your mortgage loan directly to you on paper . . . but Banks and Mortgage Banks…don’t,” reveals Piette. “Just something to think about when you’re shopping for your next mortgage loan!”

Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

Exactly What Does a Mortgage Loan Cost You?

How about today, we talk about real numbers? We know you see a lot of mortgage company headlines and advertisements that talk about how they’ll give you “the best interest rates, the best service, the best” – well you name it, they’re always “the best” – have you ever noticed that?

“Of course, it’s one thing to “say” you’re the best choice for a mortgage loan – but it’s something entirely different when you back up that claim with facts,” explains Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage. “And backing up that claim is what we’ve been doing for a long time at Premier. You can see it in the loan programs we offer, the videos we created to make it easier for people to understand how mortgage loans work, and in the testimonials and repeat business we receive from our customers.

“Yet even with all that, sometimes it all gets so confusing that you just want sit down and compare the actual dollars and cents to figure it out for yourself, right? So we’ve prepared a couple of “apples-to-apples” (so to speak) chart that helps home buyers see exactly how Premier Mortgage Lending stacks up against other lenders.

“Let’s start out with the home – and set up the parameters that we’ll use to compare,” continues Piette. “Like this:

Home Purchase Price: $250,000
Loan Amount (90%): $225,000
Length of Loan: 30 years

“So far, it’s pretty simple. Let’s see if we can keep it that way.

“Now, let’s consider interest rates –so that you can see how your monthly principal & interest payment would change at different rates. Why does this matter? Because not all lenders charge the same interest rate. That’s the reason at Premier Mortgage, we tell our customers the two most important things to compare when shopping for a mortgage loan are this: The fees and the rate. (And trust us, we’ll get to the fees in a moment.)

“For a 30-year, $225,000 loan, let’s assume a current mortgage rate of 4.00%. That means your payment would be $1,074.18 per month.

But the table below shows you how much that payment amount increases as the interest rate rises. Not only in the cost to you each month, but it shows how that cost adds up over time – for 5, 10, 20, or 30 years (depending on how long you live in that home).

Interest RatePaymentIncreases ByOver 5 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 30 Years
4.25%$1,106.86$32.68/month$1,960.80$3,921.60$7,843.20$11,764.80
4.50%$1,140.04$65.86/month$3,951.60$7,903.20$15,806.40$23,709.60
4.75%$1,173.71$99.53/month$5,971.80$11,943.60$23,887.20$35,830.80
5.00%$1,207.85$133.67/month$8,020.20$16,040.40$32,080.80$48,121.20

“Now you can see that even a slight change in the interest rate can end up costing you a lot of money – right out of your pocket each month – as well as over the long-term.

“From here, let’s take a look at the other most important number to compare: The Fees.

“The reason that the cost of Fees can vary from one lender to another is usually because of the type of lender you choose. On our blog, we’ve written several articles in the past that explain the difference between Banks, Mortgage Banks – and Mortgage Brokers (Premier Mortgage Lending is a Mortgage Broker, by the way). We invite you to read more about how those differences can affect you where it counts – in your wallet.

“But for now, let’s consider a few of the most common fees that borrowers are charged – and you’ll find these figures on the Loan Estimate that your lender provides to you.

“The table below shows you what those fees are called, and what the typical charges are for a Bank or Mortgage Banker, vs. what Premier Mortgage charges on a standard mortgage loan. (Keep in mind, these are fees your lender charges you at close of escrow – just for the ‘privilege’ of lending you money and charging you interest for it.)

The FeesBank or Mortgage Bank CostsPremier Mortgage Lending Costs
TOTAL:$3,245 - $5,945 + Up$0.00
Loan Origination Fee (1%-2%)$2,250 - $4,500$0.00
Processing Fee$495 - $695 & Up$0.00
Underwriting Fee$250 - $500 & Up$0.00
Document Prep Fee$250 + Up$0.00

“As you can see, for a $225,000 mortgage loan – these fees alone can cost a consumer thousands of dollars in unnecessary expense that comes right out of your pocket. Considering all the other legitimate costs that homebuyers are required to pay at closing such as recurring costs – like taxes, insurance, etc., and closing costs – like 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.

“The bottom line is that despite the ‘smoke and mirrors’ that some lenders like to confuse you with when talking about their mortgage loans – any borrower can still make their way through it all to find the real numbers – which leads them to best deal. And if they take just a few minutes to educate themselves – they can save thousands of dollars in the process,” Piette continues.

“At Premier Mortgage, that’s what we help our customers do every day. No smoke. No mirrors. Just the facts, and the reputation to back them up.”

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

One Percent Home Loan

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.

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%

1 Percent Down

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.