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THE LOAN PROCESS
Understanding what it takes to finance your home is an important part of the buying a new home. Below, you’ll find some useful information about obtaining your loan.
GLOSSARY OF MORTGAGE TERMS
Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM): A home loan program in which the interest rate and the monthly payment are adjusted at regular intervals based on the changes in a specified index.
Bridge loan: A short-term loan used to quickly effect a sale while pending more conventional real estate financing. While not popular, a bridge loan can be useful particularly for certain commercial real estate deals.
Credit Score: A numerical quantity reflecting a borrower’s credit worthiness. Used by lenders to find out the risk in approving a home loan.
Closing: The final step in the loan process when the seller transfers title to the buyer, the buyer signs the loan documents, and the lender releases the loan amount.
Closing Costs: Fees paid by the borrower at closing. These include charges for originating and processing the loan.
Closing Disclosure (CD): This will replace final Truth-In-Lending Disclosure (TIL) and final HUD-1.
Contingency: Any one of a number of common clauses added to real estate agreements that provide buyer or seller rights during various stages of a transaction.
Deed: An official and public document that establishes property ownership. Default: Inability of borrower to make regular and consecutive payments on a loan.
Depreciation: The measure of loss in value of a home or property. Depreciation could be driven by poor economic factors or property damage.
Down Payment: The amount of cash the homebuyer pays towards the purchase price at closing. Debt-to-income ratio (DTI): The ratio of the monthly debt to the pre-tax gross monthly income.
Escrow Account: Bank account into which the lender deposits part of the monthly payments made by the borrower. The deposits usually include payments towards property taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance.
Fixed Rate Mortgage: A home loan program on which the interest rate does not vary throughout the life of the loan.
FHA: Federal Housing Administration. Housing Ratio: The ratio of the buyer’s monthly housing costs to their pre-tax gross monthly income.
Intent To Proceed (ITP): No fee may be collected, other than for a credit report, before (ITP) is received.
Maturity: Typically applied to the term of a home loan or mortgage – in other words, the life span of a mortgage. For example, a 15-year loan matures in 15 years, at which time the debt must be paid off.
Mortgagee and Mortgagor: The former is the lender offering the loan. The latter is the borrower.
Mortgage: A legal process by which you can take out a loan against your own property – residential or commercial. The same property is held as the security for the repayment of the debt.
Mortgage Note: Your written promise to pay off the loan amount on certain terms and conditions. The note also specifies what the lender is likely to do if you default.
Payment Cap: The maximum payment amount a buyer could ever be expected to pay per month on an adjustable rate mortgage.
Pre-qualification: A process in which a homebuyer finds out how much of a home loan he or she would be approved for by a lender. This gives buyers more flexibility when shopping for a home.
Private Mortgage Insurance: An insurance policy that protects the lender from losses if the borrower defaults on his or her payments.
Rate lock/Lock-in: A written commitment guaranteeing a specific rate on a loan for a certain time period before closing. Usually, rates are locked for 30, 45, or 90 days.
Short sale: Useful tool for lenders and homeowners as way to avoid the worst-case scenario of foreclosure. In a real estate short-sale, the lender give the homeowner permission to discount the home value (an outstanding loan balance) to affect a quick sale, thereby averting foreclosure.
Title: The official document that specifies the owner of a piece of property.
Title Company: A title company typically handles all tasks associated with the property title, including insurance and search.
Title insurance: Insurance taken out on the property title that protects both borrower and lender in the event of a title dispute.
Total Interest Percentage (TIP): The total amount of interest paid over the loan term as a percentage of the loan amount.
Underwriter: The company or service that evaluates a borrower’s creditworthiness prior to loan and mortgage approval.