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.

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.

Questions to Ask Your Loan Officer

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Questions to Ask Your Loan Officer

It’s easy to get nervous about something as big as applying for a mortgage. What is not so easy is putting our minds at ease if you’re in the middle of the process and things aren’t going the way you had thought they would. Here is a list of questions you can ask your loan officer before you begin the process to help you prepare for what’s ahead.

 

1. What are the steps and process for getting a loan approval?

To avoid any delays or surprises, be sure your loan officer takes the time to clearly explain the process and the steps from application to closing.

 

2. Interview your loan officer.

Be sure he or she is someone you trust and feel comfortable working with.  Ask about their experience with your loan type. Be sure you explore all the loan programs with your loan officer to determine that you are selecting the best choice for you.

 

3. What are the total fees / costs associated with the loan?

Borrowers pay fees at closing for services provided by the lender and other parties, such as title companies. Be sure you have a full understanding and a breakdown of all costs you will incur from application to closing. You should also be made aware of any out-of-pocket expenses you will have associated with the loan (i.e. appraisal fees, homeowners insurance, etc.)

  • Lenders may also charge discount or origination points. One point is equal to 1 percent of the loan amount. (i.e. on a $150,000 mortgage, one point would be a fee of $1,500 added to your closing costs.) Discount points reduce the interest rate or are used to buy the rate down. They are prepaid interest and are typically tax-deductible. Origination points are fees charged by the lender to cover the costs of originating the loan. Ask your loan officer if this will apply to you.

 

4. When can I lock the interest rate?

Interest rates can and do fluctuate. To prevent risking a higher rate, you can lock in your rate based on the market the day of locking. Locks are based on a set time frame, typically 30, 45, or 60 days.  Shorter term locks typically offer the best pricing.  Because the rates can change daily based on market, it is always your decision when to lock in your rate. Ask your loan officer about how you can lock in the best rate.

 

5. Is there a prepayment penalty on this loan?

Be sure you ask up front if your loan has a prepayment penalty.  Some lenders charge a penalty if you prepay on the mortgage. Some apply only when you refinance or reduce the principal balance by more than a certain percentage.

 

6. What is the minimum down payment required for this loan?

Be sure to explore your options regarding down payment.  The bigger down payment might mean a lower interest rate and better loan terms. With a down payment of less than 20 percent, you will likely have mortgage insurance (PMI) that will either increase your monthly payment or your rate.  By exploring your options you may also find that there is a program that will allow you to not have to make a down payment and keep those funds for reserves.

 

7. What documents will I have to provide?

Your loan officer should be able to provide you a list of required documents.  Understand the documents requested are required per federal lending guidelines and the sooner you provide those documents to your loan officer, the better they will be able to direct you.  Most Lenders require proof of income and assets, including bank statements, tax returns, W-2 statements and recent pay stubs.  More may be required based on your individual situation.

 

8. How long will it take to process my loan application?

There are a lot of moving parts to getting a mortgage from application to closing.  The timeframe can vary based on the type of loan program and all the parties involved responding to requests in a timely manner.  Purchase offers are typically written with closing dates anywhere from 30 to 60 days from accepted offer date.  As soon as you have an accepted offer, be sure you are notifying your loan officer right away to keep things rolling.  Your loan officer should be able to provide you an estimated time line along with frequent updates on status so you know you are on track for closing on time.

 

9. What can I do to ensure a timely closing?

Keeping your loan officer informed that you are writing an offer and provide updates until the offer is accepted.  Responding to your loan officer in a timely fashion is important. Asking what else you can do to keep the process moving along can help things go more smoothly.

 

10. What might delay approval of my loan?

Be sure you are up front with you loan officer, one of the things that can slow the process is when information is uncovered that was not known at the time of application.  If a job change, a decrease in salary, a new debt, a change in your credit history, or a change in marital status happens during the loan process, it is imperative that you communicate this with your loan officer as early in the process as possible so they can assist you in avoiding any delays.  The best way to avoid that is to put your financial life in a holding pattern until you reach the closing table.

 

Remember, you and your loan officer are on the same team, working together to get you into your new home as quickly and smoothly as possible.

 

 

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

Know Your Home Inspector

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What to Look for in a Home Inspector

No one wants to buy a home without knowing what they’re getting themselves into. As a buyer, the mystery that comes with not knowing the condition of a home is unnerving. This is why getting a home inspection is essential. It is also important to know your home inspector and their procedures before starting the process.

Questions to Ask a Potential Home Inspector

Before you hire a home inspector, ask them the following questions to help you make the best decision:

  1. Are you a member of a professional home inspector association?
  2. Are you experienced in residential inspection?
  3. How long have you been inspecting homes for?
  4. What does the inspection cover?
  5. Am I able to attend the inspection?
  6. How much will it cost?
  7. How long will it take?
  8. Do you offer any repairs or improvements based on the results of the inspection?
  9. What kind of report do you provide?
  10. How long will it take to receive that report?

Asking these questions will allow you to spot any red flags and help you determine if your home inspector is as good as they claim.

Look for Red Flags

Here are some red flags to look for when asking your home inspector the above questions:

  • Not providing documentation or identification that shows they are a member of a professional home inspector association. While being a member of a home inspector association doesn’t guarantee that the inspector is an expert, it is safe to assume that non-members are not experts.
  • Not providing referrals or work history upon request. If the inspector is unwilling to provide referrals or their related work history upon request, they may not be as qualified or experienced as they claim.
  • An inspector will not let you attend the inspection. It is important for you to attend the inspection. Not only are you able to make sure the inspector is thorough, but you will also be able to address any concerns about the home firsthand instead of after the report has been filed. A good home inspector will let you come on the inspection with them; a great inspector will talk you through it as they inspect each area of the home.
  • The inspector will not let you see a copy of their inspection report prior to the start of inspection. Your inspector should let you see a copy of the inspection report before they begin. The report details everything that will be covered during the inspection, and receiving a copy of it beforehand will allow you to ask any questions or add on specific areas you want to be inspected.

Other Important Information

An average inspection can take two to three hours. You should expect to receive the full, completed report within 24 hours. Not all inspectors make repairs onsite, but if they do, make sure to utilize their services. Finally, the cost of an inspection can vary, but an average range can be from $300-$500.

Make sure your home inspector answers the questions above before you begin, and always take precautions when you notice red flags.
Check out the Department of Housing and Urban Development website for more details on choosing the right home inspector.

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

The Ten Commandments of Mortgage Lending

Ten Commandments of Mortgage Lending

Are you buying a home? Here are the ten commandments of mortgage lending to ensure a smooth mortgage loan process.

  1. Thou Shall Not  change jobs or become self-employed
  2. Thou Shall Not  originate any new inquiries on your credit report
  3. Thou Shall Not  buy a car, truck, or van unless you plan to live in it
  4. Thou Shall Not  use your credit cards or fall behind on your payments
  5. Thou Shall Not  spend money you have saved for your down payment, get a gift for closing, or take out a retirement loan without first consulting your mortgage banker.
  6. Thou Shall Not  buy furniture before you buy your house.
  7. Thou Shall Not  make any large deposits into your bank account unless you plan on documenting that deposit and origin of the money (i.e. anything that is not payroll related)
  8. Thou Shall Not  change bank accounts.
  9. Thou Shall Not  co-sign for anyone.
  10. Thou Shall Not  purchase ANYTHING until after closing.

Contact a licensed Inlanta Mortgage loan officer to learn more about the mortgage loan process, available loan programs and current mortgage rates. Use our branch locator to find a loan officer near you or apply today and we will forward your application to a loan officer in your area.

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

Advantages of Pre-Approvals for Buyers

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There are many advantages of pre-approvals for active home shoppers. Here are some common questions and answers about pre-approvals.

What are the Advantages of Pre-Approvals?

A pre-approval will tell you how much a lender is willing to lend you. If you are shopping for a home, it’s important to know your price range early in the game. If you know what you can afford, you won’t needlessly shop for homes out of your price range.  Being comfortable with your limits will help you negotiate a home purchase with confidence. Plus, since sellers like a sure thing, you’ll have an advantage over buyers who may not have been through the pre-approval process.

Why Should I Be Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Loan?

A pre-approval takes your income, credit and assets into account.  By engaging in the pre-approval process, you can uncover any potential financing issues early in the process. It’s better to know that there are issues to be handled before you get your heart set on a specific home. On the bright side, you might not have any issues to overcome and you will be able to truly enjoy the home shopping process.

How Long is the Pre-Approval Valid?

Your pre-approval is typically good for the “shelf life” of the documents used to create it. These will include a credit report, pay stubs, bank statements, W2s, tax returns, etc. The usable life of these documents will vary, yet it’s usually safe to say that your approval is good for approximately three months. During this time, it pays to file all important financial documents so they’re readily available for future updates.

What if I Change My Mind?

That’s perfectly fine. There’s no obligation to purchase a home or use a particular loan program once you’ve been pre-approved. On the flip side, a pre-approval is not a contract and provides no guarantee of a loan approval. Usually, a loan approval is contingent on a home appraisal and a thorough review by mortgage underwriters. Your licensed Inlanta Mortgage loan officer can explain the process in great detail but there is no argument – the process of purchasing a home is easier when you have financing in place before you make an offer. We’re here to help you get started, and it’s never too early to do exactly that. Give us a call when you’re ready – find a loan officer near you.

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

Saving for a Home?

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Saving For a Home?

Everyone wants to save up a large down payment when purchasing a home. Yet, when prices are on the rise, saving quickly enough to keep pace with rising interest rates and property values can be extremely difficult. In times such as these, why not let the market build equity for you instead?

Building Equity

Owning a home in an appreciating market can build equity faster than most people can save. For example, a $200,000 home that appreciates by 6% gains $1,000 per month in equity.  In this article by Consumer Affairs, home prices continue to edge up.

Getting Ahead of Rising Prices and Rates

Purchasing a home with a small down payment usually means that you’ll be required to pay mortgage insurance (MI or PMI). Click here to learn more about mortgage insurance. Your total monthly payment will be higher; however, the cost of mortgage insurance today can be a lot less expensive than buying a more expensive home at a potentially higher rate tomorrow. It pays to view mortgage insurance as a means to an end. In all likelihood, it will be a temporary cost, which may pay for itself over and over again.

Is a Down Payment Always Needed?

If you live in a rural area, you might even be able to purchase a home using a USDA no down payment mortgage loan. Property and income restrictions apply with USDA loans – please contact a loan officer to see if you qualify.

In addition to USDA loans, VA loans also require no down payment. VA loans are available to eligible veterans only. Learn more about VA loan eligibility requirements on the VA website.

Diverting Rent Payments to Equity

If you’re currently renting, chances are good your monthly expense is already similar to a mortgage payment. When you consider that part of your payment is a reduction of the mortgage’s principal balance, the real net cost can be far less.

Using Appreciation to Your Advantage

While you’re saving to buy, appreciation (or rising home value) works against you. After you’ve purchased your home, rising value works with you to build equity and may even mean you can eliminate cost or mortgage insurance more quickly.

Earning Tax Advantages

Many homeowners enjoy income tax savings based on the mortgage interest and real estate taxes they pay each year. Talk to your tax professional to see if tax advantages may reduce the actual cost of owning for you too.

Contact a licensed Inlanta Mortgage loan officer to discuss what would benefit you more – buying now or saving for a later purchase. Use our branch locator to find a loan officer near you.

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

Buying Your First Home?

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Are you buying your first home? Here are some things to keep in mind as you embark on the home buying journey.

How Much Can You Comfortably Afford?

The pre-approval process, which involves asset and income verification & credit check, will let you know what you qualify for. What you qualify for and how much you decide to spend are two different numbers. Think about what you are comfortable paying each month and consider any expenses that will come with home ownership (maintenance, etc.). Once you’ve determined what you are comfortable paying, you can focus on homes within your price range.

What Kind of Property Do You Really Want?

Single family, multi-family, condo, co-op, Victorian, Colonial, Cape, split, ranch, cottage, cabin, teepee…home types and legal distinctions are plentiful.  Are you looking to purchase in a specific neighborhood, city or school district? Do you need 3 bedrooms or more? How many bathrooms do you require and is a garage necessary? Narrowing your search will save time and help you to act faster when your perfect home hits the market. An experienced Realtor will take your home amenity wish list, location desire, and price range into consideration when selecting homes to show you.

Where Do You Want to Be and How Long Will You Be There?

You’ll want to strike a balance between buying what you can afford and buying what will accommodate your needs for longer than just the first few years. Assess your plans for growing your family and how your income might grow to match. Planning ahead is especially important in today’s market, when trading up tomorrow may mean both a more expensive home and a higher mortgage rate.

How Does the Process Work?

This is a time when the internet doesn’t have all the answers. The process can vary for many reasons. Generally, the purchase process includes the following:  mortgage pre-approval, offer to purchase, offer acceptance, home inspection, contract, loan application, home appraisal, title review, loan approval/underwriting, then closing/funding, and moving in. Many little steps can fall in between, and the process won’t always occur in a given order.  Find a loan officer near you and who will help you understand the nuances of your market today.

How Much Cash Will You Need To Close?

This information will vary from person to person and is dependent upon a variety of factors. Your loan officer will provide a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) early in the loan process which includes an estimate of closing costs. Before your loan closing you will receive a Settlement Statement (referred to as the HUD-1), which will detail the final closing costs. Note: On October 3rd, the CFPB will require lenders to use different forms. Visit inlanta.com/TRID to learn more about the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure (which will replace the GFE and HUD-1).

Ready to Begin the Home Buying Process?

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan is your first step! Complete an application online today and we will connect you with a loan officer in your area.

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.

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.

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

Do I Need a Home Inspection?

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Do I Need a Home Inspection?

Our customers often asked if a home inspection is required. The answer is usually no, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have one done. A home purchase is a big investment. Having a professional inspector alert you to potential problems can save money and surprises in the long run.

Save Time and Money with Home Inspection

There are other reasons to have a home inspection, too. If the the home appraiser sees an apparent deficiency in the condition of the home, an underwriter may ask to see the related section of the home inspection (sometimes called the engineer’s report). In this instance, having secured an inspection up front can save you valuable time. Additionally, identifying problems early in the process may mean the seller will remedy them prior to sale.

Purchasing a home with the assurance of good condition—or at the least the knowledge of any potential issues—makes for more accurate pricing and cost expectations. Both of these are clearly to your benefit. By comparison, the cost of an inspection is small.

Contact a licensed Inlanta Mortgage loan officer if you have any questions about appraisals! Find a loan officer near you using our branch locator.

Ready to become a home owner? Apply Now!

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

Making Sense of Home Appraisals

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What is a Home Appraisal?

A home appraisal is a professional’s unbiased opinion on the value a home. A home appraisal is almost always needed in purchase and sale transactions to determine if a home’s contract price is appropriate. In a refinance, lenders use home appraisals to ensure they are not giving a borrower more money than a home is worth.

Home Appraisal Factors

Many factors go into calculating a home’s value during a home appraisal. Most importantly, recently sold comparable properties, known as or “Comps”, must be considered. Comps should be similar in location, size, style, room count, condition, utility, etc.The theory behind comps is that your home is worth whatever others would be willing to pay for it – and the best way to determine how much people are willing to pay is by discovering how much they’ve paid for similar homes (or comps).

Art of Home Appraisals

Appraisal is part art and part science, and the latter is hard to change. Sometimes, the hardest thing for home owners is to be objective about their own homes. Always realize the appraiser is limited to the true comps available, and those comps will not always support the value you may expect.

To influence the “art” part of the equation, keep your home in good condition. Present your home for appraisal as you would for sale. Prepare written information regarding improvements, and offer an extra copy for your appraiser to keep. Be punctual, courteous and respectful, and your appraiser will the best that can be done.

Questions on Home Appraisals?

If you have a question about home appraisals, please contact one of our licensed Inlanta Mortgage loan officers using our branch locator.  If you are ready to begin the home buying journey apply directly with a loan officer near you  or Apply Online now and we will connect you to a licensed mortgage professional in your area.

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.

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