Mortgage Lenders

A mortgage can be acquired through a variety of ways. There are both physical locations where clients can go to seek a mortgage loan and online service providers who will use a direct or indirect approach to match clients with a lender. 

A Traditional Bank

A traditional bank is what an interested home buyer may typically think of when considering a mortgage loan application. If someone banks with a particular branch and has several accounts that are in good standing, the responsible pattern that they have demonstrated may deem them a candidate for a mortgage loan approval.

However, a client's credit score and adequate collateral may be assessed and sought by many banks. A mortgage loan officer will meet with a current customer and go over mortgage loan options that the individual is eligible to apply for.

A Credit Union

A credit union is a nonprofit agency. It is a cooperative that allows members to borrow money, open accounts, and accrue interest. A credit union's mortgage application requirements may be somewhat similar to a bank's. On average the loan terms that a credit union offers will be lower than what a traditional bank charges. A loan officer will work within a credit union and will accept mortgage applications, based upon individual appointments that have been made in advance.

A Private Lender

A private lender will work with those who do not have a traditional bank account or a credit union membership. They will also work with those who do have access to a financial institution, but are looking for a competitive rate that another institution hasn't provided them with. A private lender may charge varying interest rates and loan application fees. This information will be outlined when a client reaches out to a lender. A lender may furnish the guidelines that each applicant must satisfy in order to be approved for a mortgage loan.

An Online Service Provider

An online mortgage service provider may accept applications, give answers to common questions that a new homebuyer has, and match a client with a loan offer. First, an applicant will need to fill out personal details. This may include uploading payment information and other documents that a service requires.

Next, a provider will either offer a mortgage loan directly, refer a person to another lender, or deny an application. This type of services allows an end user to take their time throughout the application process. Since they will not be speaking directly to a loan officer, they can look over the criteria for a loan and the application at their own pace.

If you are buying or refinancing a home, contact a professional to learn more about mortgage lending.