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Why Use a Banker?

Independent mortgage bankers have had a significant positive impact on the lending industry. Today, the use of a professional mortgage banker is one of the key strategies used by sophisticated borrowers.

What is a Mortgage Bank?

A mortgage bank is a state-licensed banking entity that makes mortgage loans directly to consumers. The difference between a mortgage banker and a mortgage broker is that the mortgage banker funds loans with its own capital.

Generally, a mortgage bank originates a loan and places it on a pre-established warehouse line of credit until the loan can be sold to an investor such as Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac. The process of selling a loan from the mortgage bank to another investor is referred to as selling the loan on the secondary market.

Mortgage banks frequently use the secondary market to sell loans because the funds received pay down their warehouse lines of credit which enables the mortgage bank to continue to lend. A mortgage bank is not regulated as a federal or state bank and does not take deposits from consumers or businesses. A mortgage bank raises some equity which it uses to guarantee the warehouse line and the bulk of the funds are provided by the warehouse lender

What Do Mortgage Bankers Do?

In the volatile home-lending market, mortgage bankers can serve as safeguards, offering their clients security, safety, and peace of mind. One of the banker's most important functions is escorting your loan application through the entire process, constantly patrolling the component transactions for possible breakdowns. A professional mortgage banker can wade through the mountains of rate data and program options, researching current market conditions to find the most accurate and up-to-date information about cost-effective loan options.

Bankers Handle the Details!

There are literally thousands of variables that can affect the outcome of your mortgage transaction. That's why you need a mortgage banker to act as a liaison between the title and escrow company, real estate agent, lender, appraiser, credit agency, the underwriters, the processors, attorneys, and any other services which may affect your transaction.

A mortgage banker also:

  • Discusses and explains financing program options
  • Informs you, in writing, of lock-in options
  • Explains all documents of the loan application
  • Explains all associated costs of the loan application
  • Explains the disbursement of all loan applications
  • Explains the loan process, from application to closing
  • Provides you with a good faith estimate of cost and fees
  • Communicates with you throughout the loan process in a timely manner
  • Coordinates the final closing of your transaction
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