Brett Mills

Branch Manager

Brett Mills
Branch Manager

NMLS# 11431
State Lic: WY# 337; ID# MLO-11349; UT# 5499154; AZ# 0914694;
2307 N Hill Field Road
Suite 105
Layton, UT 84041
Work: (801) 614-5099
Fax: (801) 614-5098
Mobile: (801) 628-6771
brett.mills@academymortgage.com

Purchasing or refinancing a home is one of the largest financial investments most people make during their life. Undoubtedly, the largest investment deserves the best mortgage advice from an industry leader. The questions you may have about what mortgage loan type will best meet your needs, what down payment options and grants are available, will buying a home allow me to still live a comfortable lifestyle, and any others are all important questions to Brett Mills and you can be sure his team will be able to answer them with confidence, respect and compassion. Working with Brett’s team is a completely different experience than being “sold” a mortgage. Our team focuses on your unique situation and making sure we provide you with tailored quality mortgage planning assistance and/or advice.

Brett Mills began his mortgage banking career in 1998. Since then, Brett has made significant contributions to the industry and received many notable distinctions and awards, all of which speak to why if you reach out to Brett Mills you will receive the best possible mortgage solutions. A few notable accomplishments include:

• Consistently ranked in the top 14 mortgage originators in the nation by the Scotsman Guide and Mortgage Originator Magazine. Mortgage professional America recognized Brett on the Hot 100 list of most influential individuals in the Mortgage Banking industry.

• Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

• #1 Utah Housing Mortgage Originator and member of Utah Housings Mortgage Advisory Board.

• Brett Mills is the only Loan Officer in the nation who holds a Masters of Business Administration, Certified Mortgage Banker, Accredited Mortgage Professional, Certified Mortgage Lender, and is the recipient of the Mortgage Bankers Associations prestigious 2009 Willis Bryant Award.

• Recipient of Utah Business Magazines Forty Under 40 designation given to those who have achieved tremendous success by becoming a standout in their field and demonstrated exceptional leadership.

• Honorary Commander to the United States Air Force which has made him keenly aware to the unique challenges facing military families and allowed Brett to become the VA Mortgage expert.

• Brett has created a highly skilled and nationally recognized mortgage origination team to allow all of your mortgage decisions to be made in his office. Your file will be processed, underwritten, closed, and funded in his office which allows you to receive confident answers and fast closings.

• Brett and his team are specialists in FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA, State Housing programs and grants, and Construction Lending.

Brett Mills and his team realize you have options when selecting your mortgage company and loan officer and they thrive on serving you. Brett has worked diligently to become the sought after industry expert and invites you to contact his team today for a free, no obligation custom mortgage plan and quote. In short, Brett and Academy Mortgage Corporation offer you more products, extremely competitive rates and fees and the best advice you can get in the mortgage industry.

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NMLS# 11431

State Lic: WY: 337; ID: MLO-11349; UT: 5499154; AZ: 0914694;

Corp Lic: WY: MBL-1386; ID: MBL-671; UT: 5491140-NMLC; AZ: BK-0904081;

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Three Key Factors in Qualifying for a Home Loan

When a mortgage company makes a decision about a home loan application, the lender primarily considers three main factors: (1) your ability to repay the loan; (2) your willingness to repay the loan; and (3) the collateral.

Ability to repay the mortgage is determined by verifying your current employment and analyzing your total income. Lenders prefer for you to have been employed at the same place for at least two years or to at least be in the same line of work for a few years. Your estimated monthly payment will be compared to your monthly income and debt.

Willingness to repay is influenced by how you have paid previous loans and by examining how the property will be used. Willingness can be gauged by your credit report and previous commitments to pay rent and/or utility bills.

Collateral is the property that is pledged by a borrower to protect the interests of the lender.

It is important to remember that there are a set of rules a lender uses to assess these factors on each loan to determine if the lender will ultimately lend you money. These rules are called a Credit Policy. Each loan application is evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis. Many loan applications may come up short in one area, but make up for it with other strong points. These compensating factors may include a large down payment or overall financial health. Securing mortgage insurance to protect a lender in the event you are no longer able to pay the mortgage may also impact qualifying for a home loan.

Contact Academy Mortgage with any questions about qualifying for a home loan.

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Considering Refinancing?

When you’re making the decision to refinance, there are several things to keep in mind.

First, if your current interest rate is significantly higher than today’s lowest rates, you may be able to roll your loan costs into your new mortgage and still get a lower rate than you have, thereby reducing your interest payments and lowering your monthly payment immediately.

Second, if you are planning to stay in your home for at least three to five years, it may make sense to pay “points” (a point equals 1 percent of the loan amount) and closing costs to get the lowest available rate.

And third, you can avoid laying out cash and still get a low rate by financing the points and closing costs in your new mortgage. Does that mean shouldering a lot of extra debt? Not necessarily. If you’ve had your current mortgage for at least three years, you’ve probably reduced your balance by several thousand dollars. So you may be able to include your closing costs in your loan and still end up with a mortgage that’s smaller than your original loan—with a lower interest rate and lower monthly payment.

You also may want to consider lowering the term of your loan to pay off your home sooner. This option may raise your monthly payment, but it could save you a substantial amount of interest over the term of the loan.

Another refinancing consideration is choosing a fixed-rate loan, which has an interest rate that is fixed for the entire term of the loan, as compared to a variable-rate loan, which has an interest rate that can increase or decrease based on the short-term indexes.

Contact Academy Mortgage to see if refinancing is a good option for you.

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10 Steps to Homeownership

From pre-approval to closing, Academy will help you along the road to homeownership. You can count on us for responsible, honest, and ethical service in every step of the process.

  1. Loan pre-approval. Pre-approval allows you to search for a home that you can afford based on your credit, income, and assets. An application and supporting financial documents must be submitted to your Loan Officer, including pay stubs, tax returns, and account statements.
  2. Home search Once pre-approved, start shopping with your real estate agent! When you decide on the right home for you, the terms of sale are negotiated and your agent presents your offer to the seller.
  3. Formal loan application and product selection. After the seller accepts your offer, formally apply for home financing and select the ideal loan product to meet your needs.
  4. Appraisal and home inspection. As your application is being processed, an appraisal is ordered to identify any discrepancies between the sale price and appraised value. Properties are also inspected for water and termite damage and other safety hazards.
  5. Processor’s and underwriter’s review. A loan processor reviews the entire loan file and sends all pertinent information to an underwriter who makes the final decision to approve the loan.
  6. Final loan approval. If you have a good credit score and debt-to-income ratio, your loan will likely be approved. Keep in mind that there may be financial conditions or property conditions that need to be met before final loan approval.
  7. Closing. Final loan and escrow documents are prepared and signed by you (the buyer) and the seller.
  8. Funding. A wire or check for the amount of the loan is sent to the title company.
  9. Close of escrow. Documents that transfer titles are recorded with the county.
  10. Confirmation of recording. The title company authorizes the escrow company (or closing agent) to draft a check to the seller.

Ultimately the final step . . . MOVE INTO YOUR NEW HOME!

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