The next thing to do is carefully lay these GFI's side by side and take out the closing fees that your lender has no control over. Appraisals, inspections, title company charges and escrows are all items that lenders have little to no control over and don't belong in the equation (the caution is that I've seen time and time again where someone was including these and one lender looked much more favorable than the others simply because they were estimating $200 for appraisals and $100 for inspections when other lenders were estimating $350 for appraisals and $300 for inspections)
Look at the lender base fees, points, table fees, funding fees and other fees that the lender directly charges. Then make your comparison.
Still, go with a reputable company. There have been many times when a client goes with a company that is out of town and, at the closing table, we find a nightmare scenario with fees much higher than were disclosed.
IMHO stick with lenders your Realtor suggests and other local lenders. If you're unhappy they will be impacted.
Good luck finding a great rate!!!
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station
In other words, ask each lender what rate would be charged if no points or fees were paid by the buyer (either up front or on the back end of the loan). All of those costs would be rolled into the loan, with a slightly higher interest rate being paid.
The elegance of a no cost loan is that if rates should drop, you may be able to refinance again without having those original fees and costs flushed down the drain.
In another life, I did loans and used this product exclusively. The mortgage broker is paid via a rebate from the wholesale lender.
You should be looking into finding a trsutworthy person that can get you the right loan for your situation. The best rate on the wrong loan program is far more costly than a higher rate on the right program.
Do your research and don't shop rate, shop expertise and value.
There is lots of good advice already given here, yet I'd like to really concentrate on getting a few different Mortgage Professionals referred to you by family, friends, co-workers, basically anybody you can trust. The best deal isn't about just the interest rate (though important) or closing costs (though equally something to take into account) but making sure you are dealing with a Mortgage Professional who is helping to put you into a good position not only now, but for your goals down the road. Personally, I wouldn't look at it from just the 'who is the cheapest' perspective...I'd much rather deal with somebody whom I trust in their experience, competence, & ability to listen and meet your short-term and long-term needs and goals.
Do you entrust the cheap guy with your finances?
Would you shop for heart surgery by the lowest cost?
Would you shop for the lowest cost for anything and expect the best product?
No... the best deal is the loan that fits your needs based on your Credit, Income and Assets ... not just now but also for the future.
Many loan officers will just write you any loan you want without even looking at the facts...which is one of the reasons why the lending industry is in such a mess...
the real answer to your question is NOT:
1) Get a no closing cost loan - where do you think the costs go?? they vaporize?? no... you'll get stuck with SOMETHING you don't want and it is usually a higher APR and long prepayment penalty. Lenders don't give things away...
2) run around town and tell people to give you the best rate/terms without getting some sort of prequalification with REAL information about you...
You need to find someone you trust and someone that comes highly recommended... someone that can help you through the steps.
Then you can the feeling of security that you're getting the best DEAL... Deal by the value of working with someone who is honest, truthful and lives a life of integrity....
a mortgage broker like that ALWAYS gives the best rates
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Thank you Stephen.
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