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What Does a Lender Look for When Approving My Loan?

When beginning the pre-approval process, most lenders are looking for a few major things: Credit History, Capital, Employment, and Collateral.

  1. Credit & Credit History. Lenders will use your current credit and past credit history as an indicator of your ability to repay your debt. They will look at how much you currently owe, how often you borrow, how often you pay your bills – and if you often pay them on time, as well as how well you live within your means. To check your credit score, visit annualcreditreport.com.


  2. Capital. Capital tells the lender how much money you have, to put towards your down payment, as well as funds that will remain in your accounts after closing to be used for reserves. This includes such things as moving expenses, money required to turn on utilities, emergency repairs, or cost of ongoing maintenance. This is crucial information as you begin your home buying journey and apply for a loan.


  3. Employment. Employment tells the lender approximately how long it will take you to pay back your debt. They will check things like your previous employment history, as well as your current employment situation. Lenders are looking for stability in your income earnings trend to help determine its likelihood of continuance.


  4. Collateral. Collateral protects the lenders in the case that borrowers are unable to repay their loan. This is equally important to lenders as credit, income, and employment, as it acts as a safety net in the unfortunate circumstance that the loan is unable to be paid.

For more information on the Loan Application and Loan Process, contact your local VanDyk Loan Originator today!

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What is the Difference Between Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval?

Many home buyers know that pre-qualification and pre-approval are necessary steps in the home buying process, but not many understand how they differ, or when each action is required.

To help, we’ve broken down the process of each, and what – you as a home buyer – will need to provide.


What is pre-qualification?

Pre-qualification is an essential first step in the homebuying process. It tells you how much money you can borrow, based on your current finances and credit score, and gives you insight into your mortgage options, allowing your lender to better identify your unique needs and goals.

What do you need to provide for pre-qualification?

  • Income information
  • Credit check
  • Information about bank accounts
  • Down payment amount and desired mortgage amount

What is pre-approval?

Pre-approval is a much more in-depth process that requires more information and likewise carries more weight. This process requires you to complete a mortgage application and requires your lender to perform a credit check. Keep in mind that this process requires a detailed examination of your finances, so be prepared to answer unexpected questions.

The benefit of getting pre-approved is that it shows your seriousness as a homebuyer and your ability to secure a mortgage. Once you receive your pre-approval letter, it is valid for 90 days.

What do you need to provide for pre-approval?

  • Copy of pay stubs showing your income for the previous 30 days
  • Credit check
  • Bank account information or two of your most recent bank statements
  • Down payment amount and desired mortgage amount
  • W-2 statements
  • Personal and business tax returns from the past 2 years



Are you looking to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage loan? Contact a VanDyk Loan Originator by calling 888-482-6395 today!

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Sit Down with Steve Richman

We sat down with VanDyk’s new National Director of Strategic Growth and Branding, Steve Richman to talk about his new role and his plans on growing the team with a thoughtful approach while building brand awareness and bringing an exceptional client experience to every interaction.

Q: Why do you want to work with VanDyk?

Q: What sets VanDyk apart?

Q: Can you talk a little about your title and responsibilities?

Q: What can we expect to see happen in the industry in the next couple of months?

What is your perspective on customer service?

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Is the Lowest Rate the Best Rate?

Homebuyers who are new to the market may find themselves asking the common question, ‘Is the lowest rate the best rate?’ It’s a good question to ask because the answer can be somewhat complicated.

The short answer is no.

In some cases, even, a borrower might end up paying more for a lower rate. This is why understanding the difference between the lowest rate and the best rate is important. 

When determining the best rate, you will want to look at two major things: (1) the interest rate and (2) the APR.

What is the difference between Interest Rate and APR?

Interest rate is the rate a borrower pays on their home loan. This rate varies due to many factors, such as home price and loan amount, down payment, loan term, interest rate type – adjustable vs. fixed – loan type, and credit score, to name a few.

APR is the interest rate plus other fees and costs that go into buying a home. Which is, what a borrower will end up paying on top of the principal. These fees include the interest rate, origination fees, discount points, and closing costs – which include application and attorney fees, administrative or processing fees, insurance fees, property taxes, and expenses from the title company.

To determine the best rate, you will want to find the one that saves you the most money once you factor in fees, closing costs, and loan terms. You will want to look at the APR.

When looking at the APR you should pay attention to these major factors:

  1. Which fees are included? Sometimes fees, like appraisal fees, property taxes, and insurance costs are not included in the original APR quote. It can be helpful for borrowers to ask these questions upon receiving a quote from their lender, so they are not hit with unexpected costs later.
  2. Upfront costs? In some cases, lower APRs may have higher upfront costs, this is important for borrowers to acknowledge as well so they are not stuck paying unexpected upfront costs at closing.
  3. Take into consideration PMI, credit score, and down payment. Borrowers with less-than-perfect credit may qualify for a loan but will have a higher APR because of it. Likewise, those who put a smaller amount towards their down payment or who haven’t accounted for mortgage insurance may see an increase in their APR.
  4. Consider the length of the loan. The APR is calculated in relation to the length of the loan. This means, for a 30-year loan, the APR is determined assuming it will take 30 years for the loan to be paid off.

    However, many borrowers choose to pay their loans off earlier than the original term, which ultimately affects the APR. The best way to get the most accurate APR would be to keep the loan for the entire term. Or, if a borrower is anticipating paying it off early, they should be prepared for an increase in APR.

Understanding the difference between interest rate and APR is crucial when it comes to finding the best mortgage loan rate.

Moreover, understanding the costs that will affect your APR in the long run, is the only way to make sure you are getting the best rate possible.

Your best option is to sit down and talk with a Loan Originator who can help you break down the real, and sometimes hidden costs, that affect your APR to help you find the best deal for you!