Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about buying a home, please select a question.

Can I apply for a home loan before I have chosen a property?
No, we currently are not accepting applications for pre-approvals. 

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Will I be charged any fees when I authorize the Bank to run my credit report?
Yes, we do request that credit reports be paid for upfront on any loan application.

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If I am purchasing a home, do I need an appraisal and a home inspection?
We do require an appraisal, but not a home inspection. However, both appraisal and home inspection are designed to protect you. The appraiser documents any obvious construction issues or damage that could affect the value of the home while the home inspector performs a detailed inspection of the home and records any possible concerns or defects such as the need for a new roof, furnace, or electrical equipment.

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Will I get a copy of the appraisal?
We provide all borrowers a copy of the appraisal.

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Do you require flood insurance on properties?
Federal law requires all lenders to determine whether a property is in a special flood hazard area as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We use a third party company to provide us with standard flood determinations. If your property is included in a flood hazard area, you will be required to have flood insurance coverage. Should this occur, your lender will contact you directly to go over what is needed.

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What is your rate lock policy?
Interest rates can change daily and sometimes without notice.  Locking a rate protects you if rates were to go up.

You can lock in a rate once a property has been defined. Lock-ins are valid for 60 days. If you need a lock-in longer than 60 days, you will need to contact your lender. A lock-in agreement will be mailed to you for your signature. If rates were to rise during the lock period, we will honor the locked in rate and if rates were to fall during the lock period, you will honor the locked in rate. We do not charge a fee for locking in a rate.

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What happens at the loan closing?
The closing will take place at a title company. You will sign several loan documents and the sellers will sign immediately after you.  Between the signings, you will exchange keys, garage door openers, etc.

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Who will be at the loan closing?
You, your lender, your realtor, the seller, and their realtor will be present at the closing.

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What documents will I be signing at the loan closing?
The most important documents you will be signing are:

  1. HUD-1 Settlement Statement - this document provides an itemized listing of all the final fees associated with your loan transaction. The fees listed on the HUD-1 will correspond with the fees listed on your Good Faith Estimate.
  2. Truth-in-Lending (TIL) - this document provides a written disclosure of the terms and conditions of the loan closing, including the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and other fees. It will be similar to the one you received with your initial application papers but will be updated with the final fees, final rate, and final payment.
  3. Note - this is the document you sign to promise to repay your mortgage loan. The note will provide you with all the details of your loan such as the rate, principal and interest payments, length of loan, etc. It also explains the penalties if you do not make your payments as agreed.
  4. Mortgage - this document is recorded at the courthouse and places a lien on your home. The mortgage will state your rights and the lender's rights in case of default as well as restate the terms of the Note.
Your lender or closing agent will be able to answer any questions you have regarding these documents.

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Can I get advanced copies of the documents before signing?
Unless there are special circumstances, closing documents are available two days prior to closing. If you would like to see copies of these documents prior to closing, please contact your lender.

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I will not be able to attend the closing. What options are available?
If you will not be able to attend the closing, you may be able to have a Power of Attorney or appoint someone you trust to sign the closing documents for you. In some cases, we may be able to send the documents to you for your signature prior to the date of the closing. They would need to be signed, notarized, and sent back before the closing date.

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When will I know the exact amount of money I will need at the closing?
Your lender will contact you 24 hours before the loan closing to go over your final numbers and give you the exact amount you will owe to close. At the loan closing, you will need to bring a cashier's check payable to the title company for the amount owed.

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Can I set up automatic payments?
At the time of the closing, you will be provided with an automatic payment authorization form. You may either complete the form at the closing or send it to your lender at a later time.

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