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Is GuardianNationalBank a real lender?

We have been talking with the Guardian National Bank and I cannot find them on USLocal Bank.com. I am worried to send our faxed application until I see if they are an actual lending institution that is Federally Insured and legitimate. Thank you in advance for your kind attention to this question.Sally Gardner by countr_963_654 from Winchester, Virginia. Mar 8th 2012 Reply


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I have to assume you mean is it a brick and mortar building with drive throughs and tellers, and from what I can tell, no. It appears that they are a broker/banker, which in my opinion is the type of lender you want to use vs. using a "big bank". Broker shops, as we call them, can offer you better rates, service, and faster turn times than the big guys. I heard that Wells Fargo and BOA are taking up to 3 months to close a loan and is expected to go as far out as six months once the new Harp loan program goes into effect here in the next few weeks. I see that we have a few of their LO's as members to this Lender411 website. You should be fine in working with them just as long as their license information checks out, and up to date. Good luck to you.

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Joe Metzler (JoeMetzler)
#1 ranked lender in Minnesota - 2,516 contributions

All lender and Loan Officers MUST have a Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System number (NMLS), which you can check through a Federal Website. Go to www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org. I just looked at USLocal Bank.com, and that looks like some weird advertising not, not anything legitimate.

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Phil Dumouchel (PhilDu)
#1 ranked lender in South Carolina - 1,573 contributions

I wouldn't be concerned about whether they are a "real" bank with "brick and mortar" as lbennett said earlier. New licensing and regulatory monitoring of mortgage lenders has pretty much cleared out the problems (and many others too). If you are looking to refinance you will probably be able to close more quickly but the major lenders (your local bank) are still pretty backlogged in most areas for refinance transactions. As always, call a couple places to get quotes including a breakdown of their fees but generally there is no reason to have 3-4 places check your credit as long as you accurately can tell them your scores. Credit score affects rate, as does the amount of the loan as compared to the lower of price or appraised value. Good luck!

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William J Acres (William_Acres)
#1 ranked lender in Arizona - 4,894 contributions

Yes they are a real mortgage broker.. not a bank.. and I understand your hesitation.. I always suggest using someone local.. a company that you can walk in the front door if you want to, but a mortgage broker, not a bank.. as Bennett said, turn times are horrific and their product selection is limited.. using a broker gets you access to numerous lenders at one place and they can shop for the best product / rate for your particular scenario... WilliamAcres.com

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Bert Carpenter (BertCarpenter)
#40 ranked lender in Arizona - 1,732 contributions

My answer is simple. If they are not "Chartered" as a National Bank by the Federal Government (Office of the Comptroller of Currency) or by the State your property is located in, they are not a legitimate bank. All firms operating as a bank MUST operate under the governance of the FDIC. Any firm using the word "Bank" in their name that isn't, in my opinion, is operating suspiciously, and I would not send them anything. By the way, a search of "Guardian National Bank" at the FDIC's website reveals NO firm with that name in their database. Instead, I suggest you locate a local Mortgage Banker/Broker to work with. You can check out your selected Mortgage Originator at the National Mortgage Licensing System at www.NMLSConsumerAccess.org ~ Bert Carpenter, The LoansA2z team of NOVA Home Loans ~ NMLS 40586 ~ www.LoansA2z.com

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