Getting started at Grove Mortgage is as simple as starting your application online or giving us a call.
The home buying process can seem intimidating at first but we are here to make sure that it goes smooth and straightforward for you. Getting started is as simple as filling out our quick and secure Free Quote form or give us a call.
Getting pre-approved is important because it gives you an estimate of how much home you can afford and what the monthly payments will be. Once completed we can provide you and or your Realtor with a Conditional Qualification Letter, to present with your offer to the seller which lets them know your serious and ready to purchase.
Processing’s primary job is to verify all of the information you have provided on your mortgage application. This means checking your income verification (W-2s, pay stubs and/or tax returns), assets (checking and savings accounts), and outstanding debts (car and student loans)
Once you're under contract to purchase a home, your loan documentation will go to an experienced underwriter for review. The underwriter will verify financial information and other documents and request additional items as needed.
Lenders always require a home appraisal before they will issue a mortgage, they do this to protect their investment. The most important component in arriving at the value is what is called comparable sales (or comps in short). During an appraisal, an expert evaluates your home and property and gives you an estimate on how much it is worth.
The closing (also called settlement) will usually take place at a Title Company and that is where you'll sign paperwork to finalize your new loan. You should bring three things to closing: two forms of identification and a cashier’s check (if required).
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Texas VA home loans are for Texas Veterans and Active Duty servicemembers.
If you are Active Duty or a Veteran you can qualify for a Texas VA home loan up to $424,100 with $0 down payment and no PMI.
The Veterans COE and VA Funding Fee are two items that are very important in the home buying process because they let the lender know the amount of VA Eligibility you have and if do qualify for Exemption from the Funding Fee due to a service-connected disability.
FHA loans are one of the most popular mortgage loans available today especially for first time homebuyers.
Federal Housing Administration Loans, otherwise known as FHA, is a program that is run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). FHA loans are home loans that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
One of the best things about FHA loans is that they require a low down payment (only 3.5%). FHA Loan limit vary here in Texas dependent on what county that the property is in. The range for Texas is $294,515 - $386,400. Here is a link to check your county.
Conventional mortgages are loans underwritten and insured by private lenders and investors. They are not insured or guaranteed by the government, thus it's available to anyone meeting the qualification requirements.
There are also established guidelines for borrower credit scores, income requirements and minimum down payments.
Conventional loans are "conforming" if they are generally $424,100 or less for a single-family home.
A Houston Jumbo loan provides financing for loan amounts higher than the maximum conforming limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Jumbo loans are mortgages that are over the conforming industry standard or what is know as the conforming loan limit. Currently starting at $424,100 and may be higher in some geographical areas to $650,000 and for a Super Jumbo an amount over $650,000.
These loans are bought and sold on a smaller scale. They often require a larger down payment percentage and carry a larger credit risk for the lender so the interest rate is typically higher than a conforming loan that is under the conforming loan limit.
Generally costs between 3% and 6% of the loans principal. Closing costs can be divided into three main categories:
When trying to figure what all the closing cost are going to be, it is best to obtain a Loan Estimate (LE) from your Mortgage Broker. That way you can see a breakdown of all the fees that are being charged.
VA Loans allow you to finance 100% of the home, please see the VA loans page for more info.
Every client's situation is different and handled with a unique, personalized approach. As a Mortgage Broker serving Houston, Texas we focus on getting the right loan at the right rate for our client and it allows us to secure often hard-to-find financing.
Have a question about your particular mortgage goal, give us a call and speak with a mortgage specialist.