What You Must Know About Lenders!
Can your lender make or break your real estate transaction in Bryan or College Station? ABSOLUTELY!!!! Imagine that you have chosen a home, put down around $1000 earnest money, done inspections (cost of about $500), had an appraisal (cost of $450), and paid various application fees. You're confidentally waiting for the final approval and ready to move in. Can something go wrong? Absolutely! In the past I've had several properties where the closings didn't happen on time. Once the lender doesn't get their paperwork on time there is a chance that it will get sold out from under you and you will be left having done inspections, an appraisal and forfeiting your earnes money because the lender didn't perform.
Recently I had an in demand home listed with me. This house is in an amazing area, with over an acre, built in 1939 with beautiful wood floors. The house was on the market for four days before we got several offers. We accepted one with a preapproval letter from an in-town lender. The buyers then decided to go with an internet lender.
The transaction was going along smoothly until it was time for the appraisal. The appraiser that the lender hired didn't bother to enter the house to verify information. Our tax assessors have the house at a smaller square footage than recent appraisals have so I carefully documented this in the listing. Apparently the appraiser didn't look at the listing either. The result? An appraisal that didn't come up with a value that clearly (considering the interest) the house had. The buyers wanted a second appraisal, which ended up costing them another $350. Then the lender didn't process the paperwork fast enough ending up with the property not closing on time.
The property is back on the market currently and may, or may not, get sold to the people that are "almost there". At this point, if another offer comes in that will work, my sellers will almost certainly accept giving the buyer in this transaction a loss of around $2000. For what? If the transaction took place the buyers might have gotten a 1/8 point decrease in the interest rate. If they were financing 200K and if the interest rate was 6.5 with an in town lender and 6.375 with an internet lender the difference in the payments would be about $16 per month. If they were to live in the house the typical 7 years then the total difference in payment would have been $1344, or less than they lost in having a lender that couldn't deliver what they promised.
Many times what you see with the internet lenders is a "teaser" rate that no one qualifies for. Have you seen the internet commercials with people dancing saying that the interest rate is down to "an amazing 3% rate". That truly is amazing. I can tell you that none of my mortgage brokers has a rate that low on their own home....
Conider your lender a part of the team. Find someone that you can physically meet with if things go wrong. They are much more likely to fix the issue. We have many good local lenders! If you would like the names of some of them please give me a call!