FAQ

Whenever loans are discussed, they talk about APR. What is it?

The APR (Annual Percentage Rate) is the cost of the loan in percentage terms. These are various loan charges that include loan discount points, origination fees, prepaid interest, and document and underwriting fees. These charges are spread over the life of the loan.

I see that various lenders charge different points. What are points and why do they differ from loan to loan?

Points are costs a mortgage company charges a borrower to obtain the loan. Each point is equal to one percentage point of the principal amount of the loan. For example, one point on a $200,000 mortgage would equal $2,000.00. The number of points charged for a mortgage depends on the circumstances. Sometimes it is advantageous to pay higher points and get a lower interest rate so as to end up paying less over the life of your loan. Points are paid at the time of closing and can be deducted as interest on your income tax return. Be sure to talk to your tax professional!

I was told I needed PMI, but my friend didn’t. What is PMI, and what is the difference in our loans?

When borrowers make less than a 20% down payment on a house, they must have PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance). This is required by lenders to partially protect their loss if the borrower fails to make the mortgage payments. Depending on your loan program, but generally when you’ve paid off 20% of your loan and/or when your LTV (loan-to-value) ratio is 80% or below, you may ask for the PMI requirement to be removed which will result in decreasing your total monthly loan payment. PMI deletion requirements vary according to loan program and state requirements.

What is the difference between fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages?

Great for the borrower who plans on staying in the home for many years, fixed rate mortgages have an interest rate that does not change, determined when one is approved for a mortgage and remaining the same for the term of the loan. Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) have an interest rate that may vary over the course of the loan. Typically, the interest rate is lower the first year, then increases at predetermined intervals, meaning that payments will increase as well. These mortgages are good for the borrower who plans on moving within three to five years.

Is it better to be pre-approved?

It is to the buyer’s advantage to be pre-approved. Pre-approval is credit approval by a lender to an applying borrower, prior to a property being identified. The buyer’s maximum borrowing power is established, which may result in a stronger negotiating position when bidding on homes. This conditional approval is subject to a satisfactory title review and appraisal of the property that will secure your loan, and no substantial changes prior to closing in the information you provide.

How long does it take before my loan closes?

Loan approval can be obtained in as little as 24 - 48 hours. However, it may take longer depending on the particulars of the loan package.

What is the difference between obtaining a loan through a bank and a mortgage broker?

A bank provides mortgage financing with its own funds and those of investors. A broker is a company (or individual) with access to many wholesale mortgage bankers and banking institutions, rather than using the company's own funds.

What if I have less than perfect credit?

There are various loan products for borrowers with less than perfect credit history. They may cost more, but we can still help you obtain financing for your home.

How much interest is saved on a 15-year loan versus a 30-year loan?

The amount saved is dependent upon the amount borrowed and the interest rate charged, but on average, the savings can be up to 60%! For example, interest charged on a $350,000 loan for 30 years at 8.0% would be $574,543, but the interest charged on a $350,000 loan for 15 years at 8.0% with an interest total of $252,060, a savings of approximately 44%.

What is the length of the interest rate lock and what does it do for me?

There are many options available for lengths of time to locking in a rate. These depend on your need for convenience, and your security and protection. The least amount of lock time, the lower the cost. Commonly priced in 15-day increments, (15, 30, 45, 60, etc.) the pricing difference is usually an extra 0.125 to the points per additional 15 days. For example, if the loan points for an interest rate of 7.5% were 1.0 at a 15-day price, then to secure that same rate for 45 days, they would be 1.25 (extra 0.25 for 30 extra days).

I’ve heard that bi-weekly payment plans help save money? If so, how do they work?

Bi-weekly payment plan programs set a system to pay one additional payment per year. Every two weeks, one-half of the mortgage payment is automatically withdrawn from an established account, giving 26 one-half payments, equaling 13 full monthly payments. This will cut approximately 6 - 7 years off of a standard 30-year fixed rate mortgage, therefore saving time on the loan and interest.

Why do interest rates fluctuate?

Interest rates are tied to inflation and the reaction of the financial markets. When inflation increases, mortgage rates will rise because lenders pool loans into securities and then sell them in the secondary market, competing with the entire pool of worldwide investment opportunities. Inflation causes the value of fixed-rate securities to go down, so mortgage rates go up.

How can I ensure that the information on my credit report is correct?

Each of your creditors reports information regarding your various accounts to the credit bureaus who then compile the report. The information changes each time something is added or deleted from your credit file. For instance, paying off an account, opening several new credit accounts, or making a late payment on one of your accounts will appear on your credit record.

The best way to make sure that the information in your credit file is correct is to periodically request copies of your credit report. If you think an entry is in error, notify the appropriate credit bureau and ask that the error be corrected.

Here is contact information for the three leading credit reporting agencies:Equifax - Call 1-800-685-1111 or visit www.equifax.com Experian - Call 1-866-200-6020 or visit www.experian.com Trans Union - Call 1-800-888-4213 or visit www.transunion.com

How will my credit score affect my loan application?

Your credit score plays a significant role when you apply for a loan. People with higher credit scores are eligible for more loan options and better interest rates. If you've had credit difficulties in the past, you may still qualify for some mortgage programs, but these usually cost more, depending on the severity of your credit problems.

How can I improve my credit score?

Your credit score is based on the credit data supplied by your creditors to the credit-reporting agency on the day the score is requested by a lender. To improve your credit score follow these tips:Pay your bills consistently and on time. Check your credit report and work to correct any errors. Keep your spending and debt under control. Maintain only a reasonable amount of unused credit.

For example, keep the number of credit cards you use to a minimum. Avoid too many credit inquiries. Contact creditors immediately if you cannot make a payment on time. This may keep them from reporting your delinquency to a credit agency.

Tom Adams

President
Owner
Property Management
DRE #00926619

My goal is to provide the best possible one stop service for my past and future clients. Services include pre-approving loans for purchase of commercial and residential real estate. I will help you select the best available real estate opportunities and financing that is available on the market. Listing and buying properties for my clients in both commercial and residential real estate. Please also inquire on how to invest in LLC opportunities.

Commercial Residential Real Estate and Lending Inc. / CRREL / President July 2000 to Present - Loans and Investment, Investing in numerous multi-unit properties in the Central Valley of California. I also deal with many commercial and residential sales and listings in the local area. I am best known for being a Premier Loan Officer and lunch provider.

Nadia Adams

VP Lending C.R.R.E.L.
Notary Public
DRE#01353914
NMLS#348178

As a professional in the mortgage lending industry, I've built my reputation on providing outstanding service to my clients. I have been working in the finance industry for 18 years. I have specifically focused in the home finance industry for the last 10 years. I pride myself on staying up to date with the ever changing marketplace of today's Finance and Real Estate Industry. I know you will find the services I offer helpful and the loan programs convenient and competitive. It's my goal to help you cut through the clutter of the mortgage loan process with one on one service.

You can count on me to always look out for your best interests, and to keep you informed throughout every step of the lending process. I can and will provide you with your most basic needs, as in a road map to purchase or a loan pre-qualification so you know what you can afford in the future, all way to the other end of the spectrum, where I can provide financing to your most complex scenario.

Please feel free to call me as I will offer you a complimentary consultation, I will be more than happy to give you my opinion and help you to save money. I look forward to hearing from you!

Leah Adams

V.P.
Marketing
Admin
DRE #01349221

was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and a Graduate of Los Gatos High School class of 1998. Now 28 I've been working in the Real Estate and Lending industry for the last 12 years. I am licensed with the department of Real Estate since July 2001. I love working for our family business, Commercial Residential Real Estate and Lending, which was created by My Father Tom Adams in 2000. With my fathers 35 years of experience in this profession and his 55 years of residency in the Bay Area he has taught us the right way of doing business. We look forward to a long and prosperous future in the Real Estate Market. We are glad to help Individuals and Families achieve their dreams to find and obtain Real Estate with the best financing available on the market. With my local knowledge of both the Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay, i will help in deciding your best location, depending on schools, work, living, or shopping.

In the last year I have been promoted to Vice President of Administration, I am very proud of my accomplishments, and I am looking forward to many more prosperous years in this business.

Glen

Reginald Rhoe

Broker of Record
Realtor
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NMLS ID#342564

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Realtor
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