Looking for the Top Mortgage Lender in New Jersey?
When you’re searching for your first home, you’re also searching for your first mortgage lender.
Now, it’s difficult to make specific recommendations on lenders because it’s way too tough to stay up to date on the many thousands of lenders who work in the Pennsylvania Area.
However, USDALoanInfoNJ can give you some very useful tips for how to approach your search for a lender.
When you’re looking for a mortgage lender you want start off by talking to a mortgage broker who has a good reputation in your area.
Hi this is Scott Hastings with Mortgages byScott, powered by On Q Financial. You might wonder why I'm standing in the middleof a field and that's a good question. The reason is I'm talking about USDA loanstoday. Although this looks like a very rural areaI'm only really about a mile and a half from downtown Davidson. A lot of people wouldn't think that Davidsonwould have any areas that are USDA eligible but there really are. A lot of people give me a all looking fora loan where they don't have to put any money down and there's no mortgage insurance, andthat is a USDA loan. USDA loans are great, the only thing is thatthey are not eligible for all borrowers because of income requirements or caps on householdincome, and they are not available on all properties. The income requirement is going to be basedon the number of people that live in the house, not just the number of people on the loan. Most loans are going to go by who is on theloan, so in this case if you have 3 people who live in the house, but only 1 person isgoing to be on the mortgage, the income is only going to be considered, as far as qualifyingfor the loan itself, by the person who's on the loan. But USDA is going to count the number of peoplewho live in the household. So if a husband and wife both work, but onlythe husband is on the loan, and if their income together is less than the maximum householdincome limit for that USDA area then they are good to go. But if together their income exceeds the maximumincome limit for that area then unfortunately they wouldn't qualify. Also not every home is going to be eligiblefor a USDA loan. And there's not really a map where you canjust look at it and say "Oh that whole area is USDA eligible". You have to go to the USDA website and youcan put in the address of the property and it will tell you whether it's a USDA eligibleproperty. You can also go in there and type in the amountof monthly income the borrower has and see if that household income exceeds the maximumincome requirement. There are some tips and tricks on gettingqualified for a USDA loan where you might not think that you would normally be eligible. One is a mortgage credit certificate and certainthings like that so if you have any questions at all about a USDA loan please give me acall.
You should also, at the same time, talk to a regional lender, a credit union (if you belong to one or you can join one) and a small local bank.
Each of these different types of lenders will offer different loan programs at different prices.
You should also ask friends and relatives who they’ve used for their home loans and how the experience went.
But emphasis is on the experience.
I have a great friend who once asked her sister for a lender recommendation, and the sister gave her a name and my friend had this horrific experience.
And when she went back to her sister to see what kind of experience her sister had had with this person, the sister confirmed that she, too, had a horrific experience.
“Hello! Why did you give me that lender’s name?” my friend asked, and the sister said, “Well you weren’t specific that you wanted someone good.
Sounds like a Seinfeld episode, right? And yet, this kind of stuff goes on all the time.
So here are some questions you should ask the person providing the recommendation that will help separate the wheat from the chaff:
- Did the lender repeatedly ask for the same documents?
- Is the lender organized?
A good lender should enable you to close on a home within about forty-five days – unless there’s some real serious problems with the house – so make sure to ask your friends and relatives if their lenders were able to meet that standard.
It may sound obvious, but it’s a good idea to look for a lender who specializes in making residential loans and has a reputation in your area for coming through with these loans.
Banks that aren’t generally known for their mortgage lending can be tougher to work with than some of the really big lenders.
And while you may be thinking to yourself, “I want to avoid the big banks,” you’re probably going to end up with one anyway.
Even if you go with a mortgage broker, that mortgage broker may actually work with a whole bunch of big lenders to fund your loan.
Above all, you need to find a lender that helps you understand the mortgage application process in a way that makes you feel comfortable and secure.
This is a huge decision.
You’re going to finance this property for the long run, and you want to do that with the right kind of partner.
And I just want to give a shoutout to anybody who is closing around October of 2015.
If you are, please watch the videos that I’ve made on the TILA-RESPA changes that are coming your way.
Right now they’re scheduled to go into effect October 3rd of 2015.
If you are looking to close around that, either before or after, you may have to build in some extra time to make sure that you don’t get caught up in all the craziness that’s going to go on I think when TILA-RESPA actually goes into effect.
Many people don't even realize that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Rural Development Branch offers low-interest home loans to low-income families. Because I am a single mother with a lot of children, I qualified for a subsidized loan. I am only paying a measly 1% interest on this loan! You will only qualify for this low of an interest rate if you are very low income. For people with higher incomes you can still get a low rate.
Also, keep in mind that the house or property needs to be "rural." Now this doesn't necessarily mean that you need to live in the sticks. A friend of mine got a loan in Post Falls, Idaho, which has a population of about 30,000 and is only a 30 minute drive from a major city.
Other benefits are that the homes are required to be no more than 10 years old. They will also finance land/home packages with (brand-new only) manufactured homes and land up to five acres. The will also complete an inspection of the home and property for you to make sure it is sound and meets codes.
Here is a list of steps to take to qualify yourself for a USDA-RD loan:
- Go to the USDA income and property eligibility site and see if the home or property you are looking to buy qualifies as "rural," and if you are within the income limitations.
- Once you are sure that your income and location are eligible, go to the USDA site and look for the "office locater" link to find you local office. Contact them and ask to "prequalify." They will send you prequalification form(s), and if you do prequalify, send to a loan application.
- When filling out your forms, keep in mind that you can count child support and food stamps as part of your income. Quite often, there is a waiting list, so don't procrastinate!
- The rest of the process works pretty much like any other home loan. The USDA loan specialist you are working with will guide you through the process. You will be required to provide certain proofs of income and sometimes they require you to pay down your debt. They also can set you up for special assistance where no down payment is required.
- Once you are officially qualified for a loan, it is time to find home or property. The USDA-RD will fund loans for acreage (up to five acres) and manufactured home packages (which is what I have). However, manufactured homes have to be brand new, so you can't buy existing home/land set ups. Also, stick-built homes can't be anymore than 10 years old.
- So, what are you waiting for? If you have always dreamed of owning a home but haven't been able to afford it because of lack of income, here is your chance! USDA-RD loans are a great deal, and you can even get home improvement loans later on; in fact, I am getting a garage built on property this Spring with a USDA home improvement loan!