Mortgage Bankers in your community will provide you with a much higher quality of service and financing options than any "Big Bank." Local Mortgage Bankers have long been the source of excellent financing options for homebuyers. Further, Loan Originators who work at Mortgage Banks are LICENSED whereas Loan Originators who work for the "Big Banks" are only REGISTERED. There's a BIG difference.
Sit down face to face with your Mortgage Banker to be thoroughly prequalified. The Mortgage Banker will review all facets of your loan request to answer your questions with regards to the types of loans and maximum loan amounts you could qualify for.
Consumers have been led to believe---thanks to huge advertising budgets with the BIG BANKS---that they should go to their bank for a mortgage loan. This is the WORST place to get assistance with the BIGGEST PURCHASE of your life! These BIG BANKS are basically BIG CORPORATIONS. You're a number, at best. With a Local Mortgage Banker you will be treated like a friend and a client for life. You can't imagine the high quality of personalized service you will receive from a Mortgage Banker until you try.
As to price---rate and fees---competitive if not better than the BIG BANKS.
You can verify the License of any Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator at nmls.consumeraccess.org
Please dont think I am being biased but I don't think you should limit yourself to a bank. A mortgage lender would be able to give you just as competitve programs and possibly give you more personalized attention. Being a first time buyer, you don't want to feel like you are being treated like a number. If you would like to speak directly, please feel free to call me.
Mortgage Loan Officer
There are mortgage brokers who can shop multiple banks to find a profile that fits you.
There are mortgage broker/bankers who can do both of the above.
Unfortunately, they do not give apple to apple answers...it is very confusing and difficult to make the comparisons.
IF you wish to contact me off line at Gail@GailGladstone.com, I will be happy to make recommendations in each of the above categories so you can shop the best deal for you.