Ten Questions to Ask Your Lender

December 15, 2015

The Only Wrong Question is the One You Didn't Ask


Be sure you find a loan that fits your needs with these comprehensive questions.



1. What are the most popular mortgage loans you offer?


2. Which type of mortgage plan do you think would be best for us? Why?


3. Are your rates, terms, fees, and closing costs negotiable?


4. Will I have to buy private mortgage insurance? If so how much will it cost and how long will it be required? 


NOTE: Private mortgage insurance usually is required if you make less than a 20 percent downpayment, but most lenders will let you discontinue the policy when you’ve acquired a certain amount of equity by paying down the loan.


5. Who will service the loan? Your bank or another company?


6. What escrow requirements do you have?


7. How long is your loan lock-in period (the time that the quoted interest rate will be honored)? Will I be able to obtain a lower rate if they drop during this period?


8. How long will the loan approval process take?


9. How long will it take to close the loan?


10. Are there any charges or penalties for prepaying the loan?



Used with permission from Real Estate Checklists & Systems (http://www.realestatechecklists.com).


Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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I hope you find this resource center to help you as you are buying a home, selling a home, or looking for more information about mortgages. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kathy Akers, CRS, GRI, SFR

Fathom Realty NC LLC

Rocky Mount, NC  

Email: akersbroker@suddenlink.net

Mobile:   (252) 266-4038

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