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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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.

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.

Are All “No Fee” Mortgage Loans the Same?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Discover What You Don’t Know About Getting a Mortgage

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Let’s face it: The intricacies of finance and economics are just second nature for some people. You’ve met them before – they’re the ones who can calculate interest rates, debt ratios, and payment structures all in their head within seconds. In the meantime, you’re staring at them in awe and wondering how they get their brains to work that way.

But that’s how it is with most things – we all have our strengths and weaknesses. And while they may be an auto-calculating whiz-kid, you know you could build a home around them while they try to figure out the difference between a hammer and a hacksaw. (Well, you get the point!)

“A lot of mortgage companies rely on that ‘confusion factor,’” reveals Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending. “In fact, for years most of the mortgage industry has gone to a lot of trouble to make getting a mortgage loan as confusing as possible for their customers. Why? Because it’s an effective strategy – one that’s allowed lenders to make a lot of money off their borrowers. And in many cases, the customer doesn’t even know that they’ve ended up paying more for their mortgage loan – a lot more – than they should have.

“The fact is,” Piette continues, “that the rules of mortgage lending have changed since The Great Recession. The passage of the Dodd-Frank Act put new regulations in place for how mortgage loans are made, and many consumers aren’t aware of these changes.

“That’s one reason the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) developed a “Know Before You Owe” website where borrowers can learn about those changes. But Premier Mortgage Lending took that idea even further to help demonstrate exactly how to shop for a mortgage loan, what to look for, which questions to ask – and more importantly, to be able to compare “apples-to-apples” when you compare mortgage Loan Estimates. It’s at www.KnowBeforeYouOweNevada.com.”

“As a Mortgage Broker, Premier Mortgage is required by law to be completely transparent in what your loan will cost you. So when we say we offer a “No Fee” loan – that’s exactly what you get. Unfortunately, the same thing isn’t true for Banks and Mortgage Bankers – but that’s just the beginning of the differences between lenders. (You can learn more about those differences in our previous articles here, here, and here).

“We want to let borrowers know this very important information: Mortgage loans are a lot less confusing than you think. Don’t let a lender confuse you with fancy terms and play a virtual “shell game” with your money. Take a look at our quick educational videos to get up-to-speed about mortgage loans in just 15 minutes. And if you have more questions after that, we’re always here to answer them!” concludes Piette.

For more information about how to shop wisely for your next mortgage loan – and potentially to save literally thousands of dollars – visit Premier’s “Know Before You Owe Nevada” website to be informed about how you can be in charge of the cost of 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.

The Source of Real “No-Fee” Loans? It’s Your Mortgage Broker.

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Shopping around for a new home loan? First of all – congratulations! We’re happy to know our advice to consider a home purchase is catching on.

Second, we’re aware that this could possibly be the very moment when you’re the most confused about all the advertising you’re noticing now from mortgage lenders. It seems everywhere you look, the words “no-cost mortgage” or “no-fee mortgage” catch your attention, and that has a really appealing ring to it. So initially, you might ask yourself, “That’s what all lenders are saying – so they must all offer the same loans, right?”

“But that’s wrong,” reveals Rick Piette, owner of locally-owned Premier Mortgage Lending in Las Vegas.

“Like most things that can sound too good to be true, this would be one of them,” Piette continues. “The truth is that many mortgage lenders make it a point to confuse this very issue – precisely to make people assume it doesn’t matter what type of lender they choose. But the reality is there’s a very big difference, and it all has to do with the regulations that govern each type of lending institution: There’s one set of rules that applies to Banks and Mortgage Bankers . . . and another set that applies to Mortgage Brokers. And the key difference is this: Full disclosure to the customer.”

Here’s how it works:

Banks and Mortgage Bankers may say they offer “no-cost mortgage” loans. And that’s just what you’re looking for, right? A way to save that extra 3%-5% of costs (which can be several thousand dollars) for Loan Origination, Processing, Underwriting, and Document Preparation Fees.

“However,” reveals Piette, “while they may be charging you nothing for those fees on your Loan Estimate, they aren’t required to disclose to you that they very probably are trading out those fees to charge you a higher interest rate, instead. What’s worse, by paying a higher interest rate over the life of your loan, it can end up costing you a lot more money than those fees would have been to begin with.

“In other words, Banks and Mortgage Bankers are allowed to present you with the illusion of paying no fees, but make no mistake – they’re not reducing the profit they’re making on your mortgage loan. They’re simply shuffling the numbers so it sounds good to you – but in the long run it can actually end up costing a borrower more money, rather than less.”

Mortgage Brokers, though, have to operate under a different set of rules:

• First, the amount of money they can make on a mortgage loan is capped by law.

• Second, they can only earn income on a mortgage loan from one source.

• Third, they are required to disclose the source and total amount they earn on the loan to the borrower.

“These might seem like three simple statements,” adds Rick Piette, “but together they make a huge difference when it comes to what the customer will actually end up paying for the mortgage loan they choose.

“How? Because when a Mortgage Broker’s Loan Estimate shows $0 in loan fees – there really are NO FEES. Borrowers actually save that money – because the Broker isn’t making up for that “great deal” by charging you more somewhere else in your loan documents. They can’t. It’s the law. Which is finally (in our opinion) – working on the side of the consumer.

“That’s why we encourage every person who is looking for a home loan to always go to at least two different lenders – and compare those Loan Estimates. (And one of them should be a Mortgage Broker.) All you need to do is compare the cost of the fees and the interest rate – and your choice is usually very simple to make,” Piette confirms. “It’s the one that costs you a lot less money!”

For more information about how to shop wisely for your next mortgage loan – and potentially to save literally thousands of dollars – visit Premier’s “Know Before You Owe Nevada” website to view the quick and informative educational videos that will put you in charge of the cost of 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.

YES – THE NEW CFPB REGULATIONS LAWS REALLY ARE HELPING CONSUMERS

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

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

Information Resources

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

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

Consistency in Disclosures, Policies and Procedures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO GET A “NO-FEE” MORTGAGE LOAN?

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It’s one of those things that you seem to hear about when you’re not really looking for one. While you’re driving, you’ll hear a radio spot about “no fee mortgage loans,” or you’ll see an ad while flipping through a magazine advertising the same. Maybe you’ll run across an article in the newspaper that touts the benefits of a “no fee mortgage.”

Then one day, you actually need to find a mortgage yourself – and you start to wonder, “How can that work? It can’t really be “no fees” because the company has to have a way to make money, right?”

That’s a great question – and there’s a simple and honest answer to it – at least there is if you’re dealing with Premier Mortgage in Las Vegas.

“I get that question a lot from potential clients,” reveals Rick Piette, owner of locally owned Premier Mortgage Lending. “It can be confusing, and it seems when people hear the words “No Fee” they often translate that in their mind to “free” – which of course would make it difficult for a mortgage lender to stay in business,” smiles Piette. “

Of course Premier Mortgage generates income from the mortgage loans we make, but there are two very important differences between how we do business as a “mortgage broker,” versus how banks and “mortgage bankers” are allowed to operate.

“First, Premier’s earnings – as a mortgage broker – are capped by law. We operate with complete transparency, and we are required to disclose our total earnings to the borrower in writing.

“Second, many borrowers don’t know that banks and mortgage bankers can add “invisible charges” to the cost of your loan – and they don’t even have to tell you you’re paying for it,” explains Piette. “To see if these invisible charges are being applied to your loan, all you need to do is compare the interest rates. For example, if one lender is showing a 4.0% interest rate and another 4.25% – that second lender will be earning an additional .25% on your loan amount over the life of your loan. And that can add up.”

“But there can also be charges for your loan that are shown right on the Loan Estimate form,” he continues.

By definition: In order for a mortgage loan to truly be called a “No Fee” loan, there should be zero costs associated with the Origination Fees that are shown on the Loan Estimate.

That means $0 for Loan Origination Fee, Processing Fee, Underwriting Fee, and Lender Doc Prep Fee.

At Premier, there are no charges for those items on our traditional loans. But with other lenders, those four things can add up to $3,500-$4,000 – or even more,” explains Piette. “That’s money that comes directly from the borrower – out of pocket – at closing. And it’s been our experience that homebuyers have much better things to do with that kind of money than pay it to their mortgage lender!”

For more information about how to shop wisely for your next mortgage loan – and to save literally thousands of dollars – visit Premier’s “Know Before You Owe Nevada” website to view the quick educational videos. According to Rick Piette, “If ten minutes of your time can save you at least $4,000 on your next loan – then we think you’ll agree that’s time well spent!”

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

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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.

Las Vegas Bounces Back Big – Again

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There are headlines – and then there are straight-up statistics. Most of us know that the source of the news articles we read anymore is generally serving self-serving on any given position. (And if ever there is a time when this is blatantly obvious, it’s during Presidential Election season!)

But real data – facts driven by numbers and tangible, physical changes – is a much more reliable indicator of the truth. And here in Las Vegas, we can share numbers that represent a lot of great news about our town already taking place, and coming up in the very near future.

When a city is hit as hard as Las Vegas was during the economic crisis a few years back, there are only two options: Let it beat you, or use it to rise up from the proverbial ashes. Anyone who has spent any time around Las Vegans should never have doubted that we’d choose the latter. And in these past few years, we have slowly but surely continued to make gains month after month, year after year.

This is important – because as the status of our economy stabilizes and grows, so too does employment, housing, and our job market. In Las Vegas, since hitting the high watermark of unemployment in mid-2011 of 14.5%, to our current 6.1%, remarkable results are being seen.

Perhaps the most well known at the moment is the newly opened Las Vegas Arena. This $375 Million project is bringing not only major artistic talent to the city – but will quite possibly be the home to the first NHL expansion team ever to come to Las Vegas. (An announcement due to be made on June 22, 2016.) And that is BIG news.

But that’s only one of the mind-boggling new entertainment, resort, residential, and public works projects currently under way in Las Vegas or scheduled to begin soon. Overall, an estimated more than $5 billion of development and investment activity has either already begun or is on the boards to launch. After all – Las Vegas now has an IKEA of its own. Do we really need more proof than that? <wink!>

Seriously though, this return of economic growth to our valley has also prompted a rise in our previously recession-led diminishing population. And it’s at a good, consistent pace – 2% growth now, down from the more than 4% growth prior to the crash. In fact, Las Vegas is now the 28th most populous U.S. city, just ahead of Baltimore; and Henderson jumped from 71st place to 67th place in 2015.

People are rebuilding their lives in Las Vegas, where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. And that means new places to live, jobs in construction, hospitality, and new industry – and as they say, a rising tide lifts all boats.

We’re a cautious people now, learning from past mistakes and working hard to keep from repeating them. That includes the state of our real estate and lending markets. The rose-colored glasses have been cast aside, new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau oversight is working on the side of consumers to ensure fairness and transparency – and Las Vegas is well on its way to rising to new heights of economically smart growth.

Premier Mortgage Lending is on the same path, helping those in search of affordable mortgages with no curtains, no sleight-of-hand – just fair, honest dealings that save consumers money. Find out more about our true “No Fee Mortgage” at www.premiermortgagelending.com.

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.