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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:46

Prequalification vs. Preapproval

If you’re a first-time homebuyer or if it’s been a while since you’ve purchased a home, you likely have a lot of questions about the mortgage process. Indigo Mortgage is always here to provide information and expert advice on all mortgage related topics. One thing that many people ask us about is the difference between prequalifying for a loan, and getting preapproval on a loan. These are two very different things.

Prequalification: When a borrower wants to prequalify for a mortgage, they submit a full mortgage application. The lender will then pull a credit report and collect income verification, such as bank statements. The lender will then analyze that information and, if it meets all criteria, the lender will issue a prequalification. This will give the borrower an idea of the mortgage amount they’re eligible for.

Preapproval: The preapproval process goes further than prequalification. All financial information collected from the borrower in the prequalification process is submitted to an underwriter. The lender will then be able to tell the borrower exactly how much they qualify to borrow. When you are preapproved for a mortgage, you will receive an exact loan amount in writing, so you can look for a home at or below that price level. This can make your home-shopping experience so much easier. In a competitive market, it may also give you an advantage if the home you love has multiple offers, because your financing is already assured.

When you’re shopping for a home, call Indigo Mortgage for your prequalification or preapproval.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:42

Low VA Rate Mailers

Indigo Mortgage is proud to be the top broker in New Mexico for VA Loans. Because we work with so many of our veterans, we have a unique understanding of their concerns and needs. So, when veterans call Indigo Mortgage and say they received a letter from a mortgage lender offering them unbelievably low rates, we always check to see if those offers are legitimate, because, as we say, no one cares more about you and your loan than we do.

Many lenders will claim they can offer interest rates as low as 2.5% or 2.75% on 30-year mortgages. They send out mailers advertising these rates to veterans. Upon further investigation though, these are not 30-year fixed mortgages. They’re only fixed for 3-5 years, and then after 3-5 years, these interest rates are adjusted – which will almost always raise your monthly payment.

In other cases, the rate may be fixed for 30 years, but borrowers pay a full 2 points in discount and origination fees! That’s a full 2% of the loan – on a $200,000 mortgage, that means a veteran would pay an extra $4,000 just to buy the interest rate down to below 3%. Both of these tactics are misleading. As a general guideline, veterans can expect an interest rate in the mid 3% range for 30-year VA loans, without any origination, discount or lender fees. Shopping around is important because it can mean a .5-1% difference, depending on the lender.

Keeping your loan local means personalized customer service. When you work with Indigo Mortgage for your VA loan, we look for the best rates and terms, without any unnecessary fees. Contact us to learn more about VA loans!

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Monday, 03 July 2017 18:37

Should You Consider a VA Jumbo Loan?

VA Jumbo Loans are a great loan option for veterans, but at Indigo Mortgage, we’ve noticed that this option is often overlooked. Here’s a quick look at what a jumbo loan is, and some reasons you may want to consider one if you’re looking for a mortgage loan.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 21:58

The Right Questions

When you’re shopping for a mortgage, it’s important to do your research and ask the right questions. The lending experts at Indigo Mortgage have seen many people opt to purchase a mortgage loan simply because of the low rate, without considering what it’s costing them to get that low rate. It’s important to recognize that a low rate doesn’t always translate to saved money.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:52

KKOB on May 12

In this segment on KKOB, Ben Lucero disusses one of the major questions all shoppers should ask when looking for a mortgage loan, and why a low interest rate doesn't mean you're saving money!

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Monday, 01 May 2017 22:28

VA Jumbo Loans

Indigo Mortgage is one of the largest mortgage brokers in New Mexico, and as such, we close more VA Loans than anyone else in the state. In last week’s blog, we offered some general information about veteran’s loans, but this week we want to offer some more specific advice about VA Jumbo Loans.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 22:26

KKOB on April 25

Indigo Mortgage is New Mexico's #1 VA Loan mortgage broker. Ben Lucero discusses some of the basic information that every veteran should know about VA Loans.

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Monday, 24 April 2017 22:16

General Information About VA Loans

At Indigo Mortgage, our VA loan division closes more VA loans than any other mortgage company in New Mexico. Here’s some basic information for veterans who are interested in this type of loan.

Borrowers can have multiple VA loans. If all previous VA loans have been paid off, a veteran can take out another loan. In fact, a veteran can have two VA loans simultaneously. Borrowers can split their entitlement and purchase two properties, as long as both loans do not exceed a combined total of $417,000, the new loan is over $144,000, and the new VA loan is an owner-occupied loan.

VA allows 100% cash-out on refinances. If a lender tells you that they only allow 90%, keep looking. At Indigo Mortgage, we offer 100% cash out, without compromising our low rates.

VA now allows jumbo mortgages. Borrowers can get mortgage loans over $417,000.

The VA never requires mortgage insurance, but there is a funding fee. The funding fee can be waived if the veteran receives 10% or more disability.

Be wary of lenders offering outrageously low rates. Typically, when a lender offers unbelievably low rates, they’re adjustable rate mortgages, not fixed rate mortgages. These types of mortgages can be very expensive to buy down, and aren’t really worth it.

Keep it local. When you’re shopping for a VA loan, remember to shop local. A local mortgage broker like Indigo Mortgage is easier to work with face to face, and can often save you money!

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:21

KKOB on February 21

On KKOB today, Ben Lucero give listeners a quick update on what's going on right now in the mortgage market and what that means for homebuyers in New Mexico.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:56

Mortgage Market Update

Indigo Mortgage strives to stay up to date with market developments, and often we’re asked about trends in the mortgage industry. Here are some of our predictions for the rest of 2017:

Last year, we saw some of the lowest interest rates in history. While we do not expect rates to drop as low as they did in 2016, we do expect that they will stay steady throughout the rest of the year. Interest rates are still well below 5%, in the low 4’s on 30 year fixed mortgages, and in the mid 3’s for 15 year fixed mortgages. At Indigo Mortgage, we believe that now is a great opportunity for shoppers to purchase or refinance. If you’re hanging on to a home equity line of credit, now would be an excellent time to refinance and combine two mortgages into a low fixed rate.

Housing experts predict that 2017 will be a good year for real estate. If you’re looking for a new home, you can expect a lot of competition. Indigo Mortgage recommends getting pre-qualified well in advance. Ask your lender for a pre-qualification letter so you can have that ready when you want to make an offer on a home. A local lender can make the mortgage process easier, so turn to one of them first, instead of an online lender. You will get better service from Indigo Mortgage.

If you have any questions regarding the mortgage process or what’s going on in the market at the moment, contact Indigo Mortgage! Our experts keep up with market trends so we can help our valued New Mexico clients!

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