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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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Checking your credit score is generally a good idea before taking out any new credit, like a residential mortgage, auto loan or new credit card. But, according to a survey from MoneyTips, 14% of Americans have never pulled their credit reports, and nearly half haven't looked up their three-digit score in six months.
Not only are many consumers unaware of what their credit score is or how to find out, but many also hold false notions about what the score means. Here are three commonly held myths about credit scores and the truth behind them:
Myth No. 1: Checking your credit will lower it
This is a common misconception that many people hold. It's most likely derived from the fact that a hard pull on your credit report really can lower your score. Unfortunately, however, this myth has caused many people to neglect to check their score or pull their own report for fear of lowering it.
To understand this myth, it's important to know the difference between a hard inquiry and a soft inquiry on your credit. A hard inquiry is when you apply for credit and the lender pulls your credit report.
If you apply for multiple credit cards or loans in a short period of time, thus implementing multiple hard pulls, creditors may interpret that has an inability to secure any credit and is considered a red flag. Therefore, your credit score will drop a few points, CreditKarma reported. It most likely won't be enough to disqualify you for anything you would have been eligible for otherwise.
A soft inquiry, on the other hand, is any time your credit is pulled by yourself or someone who's not seeking to give you credit. For example, your employer or landlord may pull it at some point as part of a routine background check. This won't harm your credit.
You can - and should - check your credit report on your own on a regular basis. You're entitled to three free credit reports every year: one from each Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Simply order one from annualcreditreport.com, a government-mandated website that provides consumers free access to their credit reports.
Myth No. 2: When you get married, you get a joint credit score
When you get married, you'll combine a lot of things: your kitchenware, your book collection and maybe even your finances. But you'll never get a joint credit score; every individual always has his or her own unique score. Despite this fact, a survey from MoneyTips found that nearly three-quarters of respondents believed that when two hearts become one, so do their credit scores.
However, when you and your spouse apply for credit together, the lender will analyze and make a decision based on both party's scores. As such, it's always a good idea to have the "money talk" with your beau before applying for a home loan or any other form of shared credit.
Myth No. 3: I can't get a mortgage because my credit is too low
Your credit report is one of the many documents your mortgage lender will need to review before finalizing your home loan. The better your score, the easier it may be to obtain a loan, and the lower the interest rate you might qualify for.
However, that's not to say that if you have a low credit score, you can't get a mortgage. According to a survey conducted by Fannie Mae, many Americans falsely believe that a score of at least 650 is required to get a home loan. In fact, Fannie Mae only requires people to have a score of 620. Some programs will even work with prospective homebuyers with no credit history at all.
If you think your score is too low to get a mortgage, don't let that stop you from homeownership. Reach out to your lender to find out if you qualify - there's no harm in asking.
To get more information about applying for a residential mortgage, contact Academy Mortgage. We can help you decipher your credit score and help you discover what loans you're eligible for.
Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2015 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.
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.