Renting vs. Owning

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Renting vs. Owning is one of the greatest debates consumers face. What are the pros and cons of each? Which option is cheaper? What is better for my current lifestyle? These are some of the questions renters face when trying to decide whether home-ownership is the right choice for them.

Contrary to popular belief, renting may not actually be cheaper than owning your own home. Rent prices are on the rise and starting to exceed the cost of a mortgage payment, and there are many other benefits to home-ownership that you may not have thought of, such as investment opportunity, tax deduction, stability, and freedom.

 

Investment Opportunity

Some people say investing in a home is risky; but with no risk, there is no reward. Studies conducted by the Federal Reserve have shown that owning can provide a net worth that is from several to hundreds of times higher than that of renters. When you own, improving your home increases its value. When you rent, improvements only increase value for your landlord. Ultimately, paying rent will only get you a roof over your head. There are virtually no benefits that paying rent offers beyond having a living space. Further, making mortgage payments on time helps build your equity and credit score.

 

Tax Deduction

Some people benefit from claiming deductions for mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Others find a standard deduction more valuable. Even if you exclude the tax benefit, the real cost of owning can still be less than renting.

 

Stability and Freedom

When you move into a home, it is something that is truly yours. You are free to decorate your environment as you please without worrying about restrictions from your landlord. By settling into a home, you will likely find yourself more involved in the community, whether that is through volunteering, participating in your home owners association, or simply establishing relationships with your neighbors. Renting is typically less stable than home-ownership and relationships with those around you tend to be avoided. Payments for a mortgage can be consistent with a fixed-rate mortgage, making the payment process easier.

 

So, with the cost of rent on the rise, finally taking that leap into home-ownership may be well within your means and could prove to be beneficial. Consult with a loan officer in your area today and we can answer any questions you may have!

If you are thinking about home-ownership, you may want to check out our blog on Inlanta’s Home Loan Roadmap.

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends, and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty, and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

Home Loan Road Map

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Home Loan Road Map

If you are just embarking on the purchase process, you may be unsure of what lies ahead on your journey. Here are the steps on Inlanta’s Loan Road Map to help guide you on your way to homeownership.

 

1. Get Pre-Approved

Submit your application and the documents needed to verify your income, assets, and debts, including thirty days of recent paystubs, last two years of W-2s, and two recent bank statements.

 

2. Home Search and Offer

Your Realtor will help you find the perfect home and write up an offer letter to the seller, which details the price you are offering to pay for a property and any applicable conditions.

 

3. Purchase Agreement

Your Realtor will write up the contract for you and the seller to sign. A deposit is generally required. This agreement will outline all of the required dates, deadlines, and contingencies.

 

4. Home Inspection

If the offer is accepted, a home inspection is next. Home inspections are not required, but highly recommended. A home inspector will look for any issues or violations with the property.

 

5. Application and Disclosures

Your loan officer will have you review and sign a number of documents and disclosures, including your mortgage application and a Good Faith Estimate, which details the estimated costs of financing.

 

6. Appraisal and Title

An appraisal (an estimate or property value) will be ordered and provided to the underwriting team. Your loan officer will select a title company to research the property title.

 

7. Homeowners Insurance

Proof of insurance is required prior to closing. Your first year’s premium must be paid in full. Have your insurance agent contact your loan officer to ensure they receive the proper insurance binder.

 

8. Final Approval

Underwriting will review all the documentation necessary to approve your mortgage loan additional verifications may be necessary at this point. If all of the documentation is acceptable, you will be clear to close.

 

9. Closing Disclosure

You will get a final breakdown of all costs and money required at closing. For closing, you will need government issued identification and a certified check to pay closing costs.

 

10. Your Loan Closing!

It’s closing time! Did you bring your government issued identification? Do you have a certified check to cover closing costs? During the closing, a representative from the title company will review all the loan documents with you. They will get signatures from both you and the seller. After all money is distributed, the deed will then be recorded with you as the new owner of record!

 

Rest assured you are not on this journey alone. Your loan officer will be with you every step of the way and will be able to answer any questions that arise. Click here to find your local Inlanta loan officer.

 

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends, and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty, and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

Submit the Perfect Home Loan Application

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Submit the Perfect Home Loan Application

Knowing how to submit the perfect home loan application can help you start your homeownership journey off on the right foot. Here are some helpful tips to ensure a smooth loan process.

For a Smooth Process

An Inlanta Mortgage loan application is your first step to homeownership! No documentation is needed to submit a loan application, and you will not be required to provide it until you receive a Loan Estimate, but gathering required information now can expedite the loan approval process later. Required documentation will vary, but generally, here is what we will need:

YOUR EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME INFORMATION

  • 2 years employment history including job titles, dates of employment, employer’s address, and phone numbers
  • Letter of explanation of any changes in employment
  • Pay stubs for the most recent 30 days
  • Copies of W-2s for the last 2 years
  • Copies of federal, personal, and business tax returns for previous 2 tax years, including all W-2s, 1099s, K1s, and all schedules. If filing an extension, please provide extension

YOUR RESIDENCE INFORMATION

  • 2 years residence history, including addresses, dates, and phone number for landlord if renting
  • If you currently own a home, please provide the most recent mortgage statement
  • Name and phone number of your homeowners insurance agent

BANK & OTHER STATEMENTS

  • Most recent 2 months or quarterly bank statements for all checking, savings, and investment accounts (all pages, even if blank)
  • Most recent 2 months or quarterly 401K/Retirement statements (all pages, even if blank)
  • Copy of cancelled Earnest Money check when it clears your bank account, along with most recent bank statement showing check clearing
  • Non-payroll deposits—we will need to verify the source and receive explanation for non-payroll deposits to your accounts, including any transfers between accounts (make copy of any check you deposit)

IF APPLICABLE TO YOU, THE BELOW ITEMS MAY BE NEEDED

  • Complete divorce decree and/or separation papers
  • Alimony/child support income; proof of receipt may be required
  • Bankruptcy discharge papers (including filings, discharge, and list of creditors)
  • If receiving Retirement or Social Security income, award letter and proof of receipt may be required
  • If any portion of your down payment or closing costs is coming in the form of a gift, please call us, because the documentation required for gifts is fairly comprehensive
  • Once we pull your credit, we may need a signed letter of explanation and/or documentation for any inquiries and/or derogatory credit
  • VA loan: DD214 and Certificate of Eligibility

How to Submit the Documentation

We offer several ways to submit copies of your documentation, including fax, secure email, online chat session, and mobile uploads. To start your loan application, find your local Inlanta Mortgage loan officer or apply online today.

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends, and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty, and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

Prequalification and Pre-approval may sound like the same thing but they are actually two very different things. Getting these two mixed could be a mistake you really don’t want to make. So if you’re looking for a place to start in your home buying journey check out the video and find out the difference between getting pre-qualified and pre-approved!

 

 

What do you think happened?

What do you think happened to Fast Freddie and Thorough Theodore?

  1. Fast Freddie and Thorough Theodore both closed right on time
  2. Fast Freddie closed on time, but Thorough Theodore closed late.
  3. Fast Freddie’s Mortgage loan fell through, and Thorough Theodore closed right on time.
  4. Both Mortgage loans fell through. Poor Freddie and Theodore!

 

If you answered #3 you’re correct! Turns out that Freddy’s prequalification had a lot of PRE, very little QUALIFICATION, and a complete absence of APPROVAL.

A prequalification can be done quickly, but without verified information, it may not be worth the paper it’s printed on. A pre-approval is much more thorough and accurate. Once you have one of these in hand, your credit and income are well known. All you’ll probably need to do next is find the right house.

In other words, a little extra spent up front, can actually save you lots of time in the end.

If you want to get pre-approved before you start home shopping, please reach out to one of our licensed loan officers. We’ll be happy to help!

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends, and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty, and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

Home Maintenance: Spring Edition

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Home Maintenance – Why is it Important?

Home maintenance is a sore spot for many homeowners. The amount of effort and money that goes into keeping a home in good condition can leave many homeowners feeling drained and unmotivated. If this is you, remember that owning a house as an investment.  Treating your house well can lead to a higher home value when you are ready to sell, which may result in more money in your pocket to purchase a more expensive home or to use towards renovating a new home. Taking the time to maintain your home now will also help prevent larger and more costly repairs in the future, saving you time, money, and frustration. And of course, if you maintain your home now, you can rest easy at night knowing your family is safe from any potential hazards.

 

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

While doing your spring cleaning, consider the following tips to get your home back into shape after the winter season.

 

Indoor:

 

Clean windows and door screens

Dust light fixtures

Replace Batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration

Vacuum lint from dryer vent

Change filter in the air conditioner and dehumidifier

Install screens on windows and doors

Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine, and cosmetics

 

Outdoor:

 

Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks

Polish wood furniture

Refinish deck

Power wash windows and siding

Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts

Have a professional inspect and pump the septic tank

Touch up peeling or damaged paint

Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions

Service your lawn mower

Fertilize your lawn

 

Want these in a PDF form so you can cross off tasks as you go? Download a printable Indoor & Outdoor Checklist here. If you would rather have a checklist for the full year, you may download a printable Full Maintenance Checklist here.

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends, and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty, and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.