1. What is the difference between pre-approved and pre-qualified?
2. What is the 1003 Form?
3. Does Georgetown Mortgage accept my mortgage payments? Who do I make loan payments to?
4. Is there a loan application fee?
5. How do I qualify for an FHA loan?
6. How do I qualify for a USDA loan?
7. How do I qualify for the Texas Veteran's loan?
8. What financial documentation will I need to provide before I get a loan?
9. What are the closing costs involved in a mortgage?
10. What are the prepaid items on a mortgage?
11. What are the tax advantages to owning a home?
12. Do you recommend that I get pre-approved for a mortgage before I look for a home?
13. What do I do if I have credit problems?
14. How can I check the status of my mortgage application?
15. How long does it usually take to close a loan or refinance?
16. Will the rates you quoted me change over time?
17. How do I know if I should refinance my mortgage?”
18. What happens if I'm unable to make my mortgage payments?
19. Can I pay my mortgage online?
20. What is PMI? Will I need to pay it?
21. Does Georgetown Mortgage offer HARP loans?
A pre-qualification means that a loan originator has taken a loan application from a borrower, reviewed the borrower's credit and run the information through the automated approval engine. If the automated engine approves the loan, the loan originator issues a Pre-Qualification Letter.
For a pre-approval, the loan originator must also collect the supporting documentation from the borrower including pay stubs, tax returns (if required), bank statements and loan disclosures. Once an underwriter has validated the information provided and issues a conditional approval, then the loan originator can issue a Pre-Approval Letter. Sellers prefer a borrower get pre-approved and not just pre-qualified. Some banks that are selling properties via short sale or foreclosure will not accept pre-qualification letters and insist that buyers get pre-approved before they will accept the offer.
The 1003 is the Fannie Mae form number for the Uniform Residential Loan Application. Freddie Mac refers to the Loan Application as Form 65. You will be asked to fill out the 1003 whenever you apply for a home loan.
Georgetown Mortgage does not service loans long term. We are a mortgage bank that routinely sells loans to other lenders for servicing. However, due to servicing transfer rules, you may make 1 or 2 mortgage payments to Georgetown Mortgage Bank before the loan is sold to the servicer. You will be provided with a payment letter in your signed closing package that you receive at loan closing. Continue to use that payment method until you have received notice from Georgetown Mortgage that your servicer has changed.
When your loan servicer changes, you will always receive a "Hello" letter from the new servicer and a "Goodbye" letter from the old servicer. If you do not receive both letters, you should call us at 512-861-8823 to verify whether the loan has actually been sold and who you should make your payment to.
We do not ever charge an upfront application fee to our borrowers. The only upfront charge we have is the appraisal fee when it's required. You may pay for the appraisal with a credit card. You are not charged for the appraisal until it is delivered to us by the appraiser and you have accepted the terms of the loan we have offered to you.
FHA loans do not have income limits and the property can be located anywhere. Borrowers can even have multiple FHA loans in certain situations such as a job transfer. However there are loan limits depending on the county where the property is located. To find the loan limit in your county, click here.
USDA loans allow a borrower to finance the full sales price. However, USDA loans are both income and location specific. Income is limited by family size and area. To verify income limits and whether a property qualifies for a USDA mortgage, visit the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Site.
The Texas Veteran Loan Program is designed for Texas veterans (or their unmarried, surviving spouses) who want to purchase a home to get a lower interest rate on their loan. With a 30 percent disability, the rate is reduced another 0.5 percent. The maximum loan amount is $417,000 and the borrower can use a VA, FHA or conventional loan program in conjunction with the Texas Vet Program. Texas Vet loans require a 1 percent origination fee and 1 percent participation fee as part of the closing costs on the loan.
You will be asked to provide documentation such as bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns, identification, mortgage statements, survey and homeowner's insurance information. Each loan application is unique, however, and your loan originator will provide a specific list of the documentation we will require to process your loan.
Closing costs on a home loan consist of administration/lender fees, title company fees including owner's and lender's title insurance, survey, flood certification, credit report, appraisal and HOA transfer or statement of account fees. Other closing costs can apply with special loan programs like Texas Veteran Loans and TDHCA Bond loans for first time homebuyers.
Prepaid items consist of any per diem interest that is collected the month of closing and escrowed property taxes and mortgage insurance. For any loan that exceeds 80 percent of the value of the home, an escrow account is required except in certain HARP loan scenarios. The amount that is deposited into the escrow account at closing is dependent upon the due date of the taxes and insurance bills and the first payment date of the loan.
Lenders also keep a prescribed amount of cushion in the escrow account to take care of any increases in taxes and insurance costs. Each time a bill is paid from your escrow account, the lender will reanalyze the escrow account and adjust the amount they are collecting from you. You will receive an Escrow Account Analysis statement along with the notice that your payment is either increasing or decreasing.
Owning a home allows you to deduct the mortgage interest and taxes paid on the property from your taxable income. Please consult your tax advisor for more details.
YES! Sellers are more willing to accept an offer from a pre-approved buyer. Additionally, you want to start out searching for a home in a price range you can afford. This saves you time, money and possible disappointment.
You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report every 12 months. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to get your free copy. Although there is no score with this credit report, you will be able to see if there is any incorrect information being reported and get it corrected before you want to apply for a mortgage. If you want to know your actual score, you can go to www.myfico.com and get your actual Equifax and TransUnion scores. If you pull your scores here, it will not show up as a credit inquiry.
If you find out that your score is lower than you would like, visit www.myfico.com/crediteducation and learn more about how your credit score is determined and ways you can improve it.
Your Residential Mortgage Loan Originator will email or phone you (your preference) and keep you updated every step of the way. If you have any questions during the process, we encourage you to ask your loan originator.
Most loans are closed in 21-30 days. However, if your situation requires a very specialized loan program, the loan could take longer than 30 days to close. Your loan originator will let you know an estimated closing date upfront. If there are any delays during the process, he or she will notify you immediately and reset closing expectations.
When we send you loan disclosures, the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) will define the type of loan you have, whether it's a fixed or adjustable rate, its term and whether the loan is locked or floating. If the loan is locked, the rate is guaranteed for a certain period of time indicated on the GFE.
If you elect to get an adjustable rate mortgage, then the rate can increase after the loan has closed. The increases are capped by the type of adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) you choose. Your loan originator must provide a disclosure for the ARM program you choose as well as a Handbook on Adjustable Rate Mortgages. The ARM disclosure outlines how much the rate can increase and when.
Making the decision to refinance your mortgage can be very confusing. What's right for one borrower may not be right for the next borrower. Our loan originators take time to get to know you and your unique financial situation. We then recommend a loan structure that's in-line with your goals. The lowest rate may not be the best situation for every borrower. For example, it may make more sense for a borrower to take a higher rate and let the lender pay some closing costs. You may be surprised at how little difference it makes to your payment when the rate is increased .125 percent or .25 percent.
You should contact your servicer and loan originator immediately if you are unable to make your mortgage payment. There are many programs that can help you get through a temporary issue of unemployment or illness and still keep your home. It's best to contact the servicer as soon as you know there will be an issue. Don't wait until you receive foreclosure notices in the mail to take action.
Georgetown Mortgage does not accept online mortgage payments since we service loans on a temporary basis only. Once your loan has been sold to the servicer, you will have the ability to pay your mortgage online and set up automatic drafts if you wish.
PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI is required on most conventional loans where loan value is greater than 80 percent of the value of the property. There are different options available for PMI including monthly and upfront options.
If you qualify for a HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) loan, mortgage insurance can be waived in certain situations. Contact a loan originator today for more information.
Yes! Georgetown Mortgage offers both the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac versions of the HARP 2.0 program. If your property has experienced a decline in value over the last several years, this program may still allow you to refinance your home and take advantage of these historically low rates.