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Home Buying in Parkrose : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 6, 2016
Every bank is different, but an underwriter and a loan officer serve two very different functions. Of course it benefits the company if they close a GOOD loan. The loan officer's job is to attract qualified applicants and assist them in getting the loan, but the underwriter's job is to evaluate your loan application and make sure it's a good loan- that you meet qualification requirements and that the bank is not taking too much of a risk with lending you a large sum of money.

Loan officer's are generally paid by commission on loans which actually close- although some banks pay a small salary as well. Underwriter's are generally paid a salary and are paid whether your loan is approved or declined. Although they may receive a bonus for hitting certain goals with regards to GOOD loan approvals or in having no deficiencies in their file if the loan happens to be audited later on.

In your other post you had mentioned time turnarounds I think. Every lender has different turn around times which could range from a day or two up to several weeks. And this varies depending on traffic levels as well. It all depends on how many loans are in process at a given time, what the quality of the loan applications are, and what resources a given bank or lender is going to devote to the underwriting process.

A lender that rhymes with Sicken Loans may have dozens of folks involved in the processing and underwriting of your file and may get it done in a very speedy fashion. But the rates and fees you pay may be impacted by so many cooks in the kitchen. Another bank that rhymes with Smells Fargo may have a 30 day backlog of files waiting to be looked at and their resources are tied up elsewhere. But the rates are so good most people will wait. Most good lenders will strive to get you an answer in a reasonable time - 2 to 3 days- but realize that depending on the complexity of your individual loan application there may or may not be additional conditions added.

It all goes back to who you select to handle your loan from the get go. Hope this helps!
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
I have had conversations with three different underwriters so far today. Will have at least one more before the day is over. Your question is worded oddly to me, “taking a security interest” doesn’t sound like taking title. All of my underwriters follow the AUS decision almost 100% of the time, nothing to explain. Good luck,

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
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Sun Jan 13, 2008
Dirk Knudsen answered:

Great question and great area. Get an agent you want to work with and set up some parameters for the streets and blocks you want. Set up automated MLS searches and get the daily updates. Do your homework and watch the market. Tour 10 or so after you make a short list. There are some deals and will be some deals as well. BUt even in this market the best homes sell fast. Beleive that!

I can set up several searches for you and you will recieve that report twice a day with addresses. I can also save you a mnice chunk of change on the sale through my exclusive buyers program. Call me about that. You could not have found a better time to buy!


Dirk T Knudsen
#1 Re\Max team in Oregon: 2007
Re\Max hall of Fame
"The Real Estate Doctor"
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