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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 19:49

Stay Local for Your Pre-Qualification

At Indigo Mortgage, we always advise borrowers to shop local when they’re looking to pre-qualify for a mortgage. Online lenders and big out-of-state banks will often pre-qualify a borrower up front, but they will process and underwrite the loan out-of-state. Borrowers will then be faced with impersonal customer service and untimely response times. In contrast, working with a local broker like Indigo Mortgage allows you to work with the same loan officer at every step of the loan process, from pre-qualification on.

It is one thing to get pre-qualified, but that is only a small part of the process. When dealing with these institutions, it’s virtually impossible to attend a first-time-homebuyer seminar, or even get answers to questions. It’s important however for homebuyers to understand the terms of their mortgage, how the buying process works, and who is responsible for closing costs. Staying local affords homebuyers the opportunity to learn more and get answers to all of their questions.

There are many working parts involved in a homebuying transaction. Realtors, title companies, buyers and sellers are involved. Every one of these parties relies on the lender to facilitate the transaction. Having access to a dedicated loan officer to help you with your transaction every step of the way is a huge advantage for homebuyers. Local lenders are accountable and easy to access, online and out-of-state lenders however, are not. So stay local and work with a company that cares, like Indigo Mortgage.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 21:21

KKOB on February 7

Buying a new home has advantages, but Ben Lucero discusses why you may want to be cautious about buying directly from a home builder.

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Buying a new home has its advantages. You get to choose your amenities, select the location and neighborhood, perhaps even customize your floorplan. With a brand-new home, you don’t inherit someone else’s appliances or personal customizations. It’s fresh and clean, and completely yours. For these reasons, some homebuyers consider buying directly from a home builder. Often builders will waive closing fees to entice buyers to work directly with them, however, Indigo Mortgage urges homebuyers to be cautious about this option.

The first thing to consider when buying directly from a builder is that without a realtor on your side, you are completely at the mercy of the builder. It would be similar to walking into a courtroom without a lawyer. Working with a realtor, or buyer’s agent, is of benefit because they know the laws, they know the ins-and-outs of contracts, and they can help you navigate the process. A buyer’s realtor is paid for by the builder, so why not use one?

Another consideration when working with a builder, is that they will typically make it very difficult for a buyer to use a lender other than their in-house lender. In an effort to appeal to buyers, many builders will not require them to pay closing costs, however, this doesn’t necessarily save you money. If you qualify for a VA or FHA loan, you may be eligible for lender credits, which would cover your closing costs. Working with an outside lender will often get you lower interest rates as well.

A builder’s representative will most likely never offer a first-time home buying seminar for their clients or work hard to find the best rates and terms. Indigo Mortgage however, wants to equip all potential homebuyers with the knowledge needed to navigate the home buying process. That’s why we recommend working with a buyer’s agent, and shopping around to find the best mortgage loans. We’re here to help every step of the way!

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:06

KKOB on February 2nd

Local Mortgage Lenders Offer Better Service, Lower Rates

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:34

KKOB on January 12th

Understanding the Pre-Qualification Process

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Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

Don't Be Transferred Out of State.

If you think you're dealing with a local company, think again. When becoming pre-qualified for your mortgage, you may THINK you're going to be dealing with a local lender-- sometimes that's not the case.

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 17:00

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FHA loan program for first time home buyers.

More Positive News for First Time Home Buyers.

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The Veteran's Mortgage Cash-Out Program is Coming Back!

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Borrow Pre-Approval Process-- Know Exactly What to Expect.

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