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im a first time home buyer should i go to my bank to try and get pre approved or a lending agent?

and why is one or the other better? by michelle82_963_590 from Costa Mesa, California. Aug 9th 2011 Reply


Chris Gummerson (cgummerson11)
#393 ranked lender in California - 648 contributions

Hello Michelle, Going with your bank can be a good thing or bad. Just depends on the bank, and how they process loans. Most large banks take about 60 days to close on purchases. Whereas a direct lender, or mortgage banker, can fund a clean loan within 2 weeks. Now, going to a broker, can open up more lending products, but they usually will have their fees and agents to pay commissions. I am local in you area, in La Palma. If you would like, you can contact me off this page and provide you with more information. Good luck in your housing hunt!

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Stephen Harris (stephen.harris)
#39 ranked lender in Ohio - 37 contributions

It depends on what type of property you are looking at, your credit score, income, money to put down on the loan. All these factors will determine which products you may qualify for.

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Matt Baker NMLS#190779 (MattBaker)
#31 ranked lender in Arizona - 75 contributions

One big difference is banks only offer there rates. I am a mortgage banker and can price with all the top 5 big banks as well as a direct FHA and Fannie Mae lender. This means I can search from all the banks to determine te best rate while if you go to your bank you are stuck with there rates. I also can close loans in 3 weeks or less while banks typically take over 45 days. This could mean the difference and getting the house you want or not. The faster you can close the more attractive your offer might look.

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Patrick McCarthy (PatrickM)
#23 ranked lender in Ohio - 196 contributions

Hi Michelle. For the most part, banks have higher rates, but generally, lower fees. When you find a lender that has low rates and fees, that is when you want to get pre-qualified. I am fortunate enough to be affiliated with such a lender. Contact me if you would like more information.

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