Leon was amazing to work with in our home purchasing process. He exceeded our expectations with his attention to detail, timeliness, knowledge, and professionalism. Our transaction couldn't have gone better. If we had it all to do over again, Leon would get our business every time!Richard M
It’s all about service at Academy Mortgage, and our company has been meeting the needs of homebuyers across the United States since 1988. I joined Academy because of its strong reputation for integrity-based mortgage lending, its unwavering commitment to responsible lending practices, and for its broad portfolio of mortgage solutions and tools.
Since joining Academy, I have helped many individuals and families attain the dream of homeownership. Whether you want to buy a new home or refinance an existing mortgage, I will provide a customized solution for you at competitive rates. No brokering, no middleman, no hassle, no surprises.
Academy is a direct lender, which means that my Branch and Regional Offices are equipped to complete the entire loan process in-house—all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled locally. As a result, we have a proven track record of closing loans as quickly and efficiently as possible.
I will be in control of your loan file from start to finish, and I will be up-to-date on the status of your loan at all times. I understand the importance of maintaining continuous communication throughout the loan process and commit to providing you accurate, timely, and honest mortgage advice.
I invite you to put us to the test. Let me show you how simple and easy securing a mortgage can be.
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When purchasing a home, buyers may receive two property-related reports to consider—a home inspection and a home appraisal. These reports serve completely different purposes, and one is optional and one is required by Academy Mortgage.
DETERMINES PROPERTY CONDITION
This report is ordered by and completed solely for the individual(s) purchasing the home. It helps determine the condition of the property and its systems in great detail. It is not required by Academy and is, therefore, optional.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Home inspection costs vary depending on the complexity of the inspection and the size of the home being inspected.
HOW AND WHEN IS IT ORDERED?
A home inspection is ordered by the buyer and his/her agent with an inspector of their choosing shortly after the buyer’s offer is accepted. Most states’ real estate contracts stipulate that the buyer has 10 days from the date of contract acceptance to complete the inspection and communicate any issues to the seller.
WHEN IS THE REPORT DELIVERED?
The home inspection report is generally delivered to the buyer within 24 hours from the time the inspection was completed.
DETERMINES PROPERTY VALUE
This report is required by Academy when a home purchase is being financed. The appraisal is used to determine the fair market value and the general physical condition of the property being purchased.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Home appraisal costs vary slightly depending on the size of the home and whether the home will be an investment property or a primary residence.
HOW AND WHEN IS IT ORDERED?
Academy typically waits to order the appraisal until after the home inspection is completed (if the buyer decides to do a home inspection). Per government-regulated guidelines, Academy is required to randomly assign an appraiser to an appraisal order.
WHEN IS THE REPORT DELIVERED?
Typically, a home appraisal report is delivered to Academy within 5–7 business days from the time it is ordered.
From pre-qualification to closing, Academy Mortgage will help you along the road to home ownership. You can count on us for responsible, honest, and ethical service in every step of the process.
1. Loan pre-qualification. Pre-qualification allows you to search for a home that you can afford based on your credit, income, and assets.
2. Home search. Once pre-qualified, 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 loan application is being processed, an appraisal is ordered to identify any discrepancies between the sale price and appraised value. An inspection of the property is also conducted if you request it. A home inspection is optional, while an appraisal is required by Academy Mortgage.
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. 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 settlement agent.
9. Close of escrow. The loan funds are disbursed to the entitles parties and escrow is "closed."
10. Confirmation of recording. Documents that transfer titles are recorded with the county to legalize you as the new property owner.
Ultimately the final step . . . MOVE INTO YOUR NEW HOME!
Buying a home for the first time can be an incredibly exciting but also stressful time for those hoping to enter the housing market. A house may be the largest purchase made in a person's lifetime, so it's important that the process go smoothly to prevent unnecessary worry or financial strain.
Here a few things shoppers should know when looking for their first home.
Consider what you want first
It's important to determine what kind of living space works best for you and your family. Do you need a home with bountiful yard space and a two-car garage? Or would a condo in multi-unit building suit your needs? What does the ideal residential neighborhood look like to you? Are there certain home amenities you could not live without? These are all considerations you must take into account before beginning any other phase of the home buying process.
Perform a credit check
Your credit score can affect the kinds of mortgage loans you can be approved for and what your interest rates and loan terms will be once you are approved. USA Today noted that you should check for and subsequently dispute any errors found in your credit report. You should also try to pay off any outstanding debts which could be lowering your score even further.
Lenders often run an inquiry into your credit history when opening a new credit account of any kind, which could adversely affect your score temporarily. To prevent this happening during mortgage applications, do not open any new credit accounts.
Financing and down payments
Determine the total cost of any prospective homes you look at – considering the property taxes, closing costs, insurance, maintenance costs and other factors. This can help guide you in assessing your budget for a potential down payment and your monthly house payment, according to Investopedia.
Weighing your mortgage options is another huge step in the home buying processes. Would a fixed conventional mortgage work best based on your income? Could an adjustable rate mortgage benefit you the most early on?
Down payments also do not have to be at the traditional 20%. Some lenders allow for less but this could result in higher overall costs and paying for private mortgage insurance, according to USA Today.
There may also be tax credits and lending programs for first-time homebuyers, veterans and residents of certain municipalities you can use to your advantage to help lower interest rates and down payment amounts.
Once your loans are approved and you find your dream home, a thorough inspection of the residence still needs to be conducted to ensure it's safe and up to your standards. Hire a professional to inspect the property. If any abnormalities are discovered that were not previously discussed, you generally have the option to rescind your offer or have your deposit refunded.
Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2016 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.