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Mortgage Pre-Qualification
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Tell us about yourself

We will use this information to review your information and history so that we can provide you with accurate loan options.

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Street Address where you intend to buy
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Contact Details
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Tell us about your loan

We will use this information to review your information and history so that we can provide you with accurate loan options.

How much are you looking to spend on a home? *
What will your downpayment be? *
Loan Term
Estimated Credit Score
Are you a First Time Home Buyer
Loan Information
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When do you plan to purchase your home?

Plan to Purchase
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Please tell us the type of property you are applying the loan for
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Property Description
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Property Use
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Mortgage Application

Thank you for taking the time to complete this pre-qualification. We appreciate your application, and we would like to assure you that we are diligently working on it. Within the next hour, we will get back to you with a comprehensive quote and estimate.

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Meet Your Loan Advisor

Hi I'm Isaac, a dedicated and hardworking professional who holds a profound love for baseball and values family above all else. As a Senior Loan Advisor at Rate Leaf, I bring forth a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Just as in baseball, I understand the significance of teamwork and collaboration. I embody these principles in providing exceptional service to my clients, going above and beyond to ensure their needs are met. With a deep understanding of the importance of home and financial stability, I prioritize taking care of my clients, guiding them through the loan process with expertise and personalized attention. By leveraging my passion, dedication, and familial values, I aim to assist individuals and families in achieving their dreams of homeownership while building lasting relationships along the way.  

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Frequently asked questions

Get answers to all questions you have and boost your knowledge on the home loan process.
How do I pre-qualify myself to apply for a Mortgage?
Mortgage FAQ

We can help with your pre-approval. This will help you stand out in this competitive real estate market. To make sure we provide you with the most accurate and fast pre-approval letter. We need the following information.

Tax returns and W-2 forms from the most recent two years.
Bank/asset statements from the most recent two months.
Paystubs from the last 30 days.
Valid photo ID.

But remember, by furnishing any and/or all of this documentation, you are in no way obligated to accept the terms and conditions of the mortgage offered, nor do you have to provide these documents to receive an estimate on the loan qualified for.

When does it make sense to refinance my home?
Mortgage FAQ

Mortgage refinancing can provide a number of benefits. These will vary from borrower to borrower, depending on what you are looking to achieve. But a refinance will generally provide one or more of these benefits such as better rate, lowering your monthly payments and shortening your loan length and many more benefits.

A better mortgage rate

This may be the most common reason for refinancing. If mortgage rates have fallen since you took out the loan, you can often save money by refinancing your mortgage into a new home loan at current rates. Or perhaps your credit situation has improved, so you're eligible for a lower rate.

Lower monthly payments

With a lower interest rate, you can get lower monthly payments as well, particularly if your refinanced mortgage has the same payoff date as your old home loan. You can also lower your monthly mortgage payments by extending your payoff date past what it currently is, so you're paying less in principle each month.

More predictable costs

If you currently have an ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage), you may choose to refinance to a fixed-rate loan to lock in your rate for the remainder of your mortgage. That way, you don't have to worry about your monthly payments increasing if rates should rise.

Shorten your term

Many borrowers start out with a 30-year home loan, then refinance to a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage after a few years. This allows them to pay the mortgage off faster and save a lot of money in interest over the life of the loan. Mortgage rates on 15-year loans are also significantly lower than on 30-year mortgages, so you may be able to shorten your term without a big increase in your monthly mortgage payment.

Borrow money

With a cash-out refinance, you can borrow against your home equity to obtain funds for any purpose. You receive a check at closing, the amount of which is added onto the mortgage principle you owe. Since mortgage rates tend to be lower than other types of debt and tax-deductible as well, it can be a very cost-efficient way to borrow.

Consolidate debts

You can use a cash-out refinance to pay off other debts to save money on interest and reduce your total monthly payments. Mortgage rates are usually lower than the interest rates paid on credit cards and other unsecured debt, so you save on interest payments.

Mortgages can also be repaid over longer terms than most other types of debt, up to 30 years, so you can reduce your monthly payments against debt principle, if that's your goal.Interest paid on mortgages and home equity loans is also tax-deductible, up to certain limits, whereas interest paid on other debts usually is not. Couples can deduct the interest paid on up to $100,000 obtained through a cash-out refinance for debt consolidation; for single persons the limit is $50,000.

Cancel mortgage insurance

If you have lender-paid mortgage insurance, you can refinance once you reach 20 percent equity to eliminate the premium that's built into your interest rate. The same also applies to certain FHA home loans that require mortgage insurance for the life of the loan.

Remove a person from a mortgage

There are times, usually after a divorce, when someone who originally signed onto a mortgage is no longer to be held financially responsible for the loan. The only way to get them off the mortgage is by refinancing. This can also be used to remove the name of a co-signer whose support is no longer necessary and wishes to be freed of liability.

How to prevent issues that could delay my pre-approved loan from being finalized?
Mortgage FAQ

Do not apply for a new credit card, auto loan, or other types of credit.
Do not co-sign a loan with someone.
Try to avoid changing jobs, become self-employed, or quit your job.
Do not skip payments on existing credit accounts, utility bills, or loans.
Delay charging up your existing credit on big-ticket items, like furnishings for your upcoming new house.

If you think any of these don’ts are musts, talk to your loan officer before you take action. They can help you figure out what to do so that your mortgage loan is the least negatively affected.

*Avoiding these actions before and during the financing process and this can prevent any unnecessary confusion.

What is a Income and Debt ratio (DTI)?
Mortgage FAQ

Income ratio: Your total monthly housing expense divided by your pre-tax monthly income.
Debt ratio: Your total monthly housing expense plus any recurring debts, i.e., car payments, monthly minimum credit card payments, and other loan payments, divided by your monthly income.

Standard loan underwriting guidelines suggest a max 28 percent income ratio and 36 percent debt ratio, which may vary based on personal finances, loan program, and down payment.While not taking on any debt and paying for everything with cash seems like a logical choice if you feel you can’t afford your lifestyle, no credit also means bad credit in the eyes of a lender.

There’s bound to be a time when you can’t buy something with cash, like buying a house (in most cases). So, we recommend opening different types of credits such as car note or multiple credit cards and making an occasional purchase now and again on them.

To manage your debta keep credit card balances to less than 30 percent of your credit limit. Also, don’t close long-term credit lines, even if they’re not being used. Your longest-standing credit card account might be a huge contributor to your credit score health — and the mortgage rate you qualify for.