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First Time Home Buyers

Before You Begin House Hunting

We're Central Oregon's First-Time Home Specialists

Assisting first time homebuyers is one of our greatest rewards!

Who doesn't want to live in their own home? Who doesn't want to see their kids create memories in their own room or backyard? A place to share with family and friends, a place you can call your own!

Before you dive into the homebuying process, you will need to get your financial ducks in a row. How much down payment will you need? How much house can you afford? The absolute first step in purchasing a home is getting your finances in line and our professionals can get you started with one phone call. We have many programs that can be tailored to your specific needs such as Low or No Money downpayment loans. Have you had issues with your credit history in the past? We can advise you on the necessary steps you will need to take to get your credit score ready for a homeloan approval. 

Once you have determined which homeloan program best fits your needs we will start the pre-approval process and with a preapproval letter in hand you are ready to make a solid offer on that place you can call home.


No matter what stage of the homebuying journey you are in, being prepared will give you an advantage that is essential when buying. Call one of our professional home loan specialist today for more information on how to buy a house. 

Let us become your "Partners for success~Lender for Life" We would be honored!




The pre-approval process is much more complete than pre-qualification. For pre-qualification, the loan officer asks you a few questions and provides you with a pre-qual letter. Pre-approval includes all the steps of a full approval, except for the appraisal and title search. Pre-approval can put you in a better negotiating position, much like a cash buyer.

Depending on which home loan program you choose, the lender will be wanting to see your overall debts to be within 45-50% of your gross income. This is know as your debt to income ration. (DTI)  

A rate lock is a contractual agreement between the lender and buyer. There are four components to a rate lock: loan program, interest rate, points, and the length of the lock.

A mortgage broker counsels you on the loans available from different wholesalers, takes your application, and usually processes the loan which involves putting together the complete file of information about your transaction including the credit report, appraisal, verification of your employment and assets, and so on. When the file is complete, but sometimes sooner, the lender "underwrites" the loan, which means deciding whether or not you are an acceptable risk.

Not necessarily. In fact, if you are a reasonably astute shopper, you will probably do better dealing with a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers do not add any net cost to the lending process, because they perform functions that would otherwise have to be done by employees of the lender. Furthermore, because mortgage brokers deal with multiple lenders -- in a typical case, 25 to 30, sometimes more -- they can shop for the best terms available on any given day. In addition, they can find the lenders who specialize in various market niches that many other lenders avoid, such as loans to applicants with poor credit ratings, loans to borrowers who do not intend to occupy the property, loans with minimal or no down payment, and so on.

Both income and assets are disclosed and verified, and income is used in determining the applicant's ability to repay the mortgage. Formal verification requires the borrower's employer to verify employment and the borrower's bank to verify deposits. Alternative documentation, designed to save time, accepts copies of the borrower's original bank statements, W-2s and paycheck stubs.

Stated income/verified assets: Income is disclosed and the source of the income is verified, but the amount is not verified. Assets are verified, and must meet an adequacy standard such as, for example, 6 months of stated income and 2 months of expected monthly housing expense. Stated income/stated assets: Both income and assets are disclosed but not verified. However, the source of the borrower's income is verified. No ratio: Income is disclosed and verified but not used in qualifying the borrower. The standard rule that the borrower's housing expense cannot exceed some specified percent of income, is ignored. Assets are disclosed and verified. No income: Income is not disclosed, but assets are disclosed and verified, and must meet an adequacy standard. Stated Assets or No asset verification: Assets are disclosed but not verified, income is disclosed, verified and used to qualify the applicant. No asset: Assets are not disclosed, but income is disclosed, verified and used to qualify the applicant. No income/no assets: Neither income nor assets are disclosed.

It is the list of settlement charges that the lender is obliged to provide the borrower within three business days of receiving the loan application.

A loan eligible for purchase by the two major Federal agencies that buy mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

A mortgage larger than the maximum eligible for conforming purchase by the two Federal agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

It is an upfront cash payment required by the lender as part of the charge for the loan, expressed as a percent of the loan amount; e.g., "2 points" means a charge equal to 2% of the loan balance.

This is the process of determining whether a customer has enough cash and sufficient income to meet the qualification requirements set by the lender on a requested loan. A pre-qualification is subject to verification of the information provided by the applicant. A pre-qualification is short of approval because it does not take account of the credit history of the borrower.