Blog - Month: June 2016

Month: June 2016

What Does an Underwriter Do?

By Brian Pritchard
June 22, 2016 Category: Underwriting, Flood Insurance, Closing Process

Demystifying the Process of Mortgage Underwriting After theglobal financial crisisof 2008 that led to the Great Recession, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put new rules in place to protect buyers and ensure they werent be sold loans they couldnt afford. After your initial loan pre-approval, it is the job of a loan underwriter to make sure the information on your loan application is accurate so that your loan can move forward to final approval and you can make your purchase. While this process may seem daunting and fraught with paperwork, the good news is that these verifications exist to protect you from being trapped under an unaffordable loan. Steps underwriters take between pre-approval and closing may include: Employment and salary verification Property appraisal Title search Securing title insurance Flood certification or requesting purchase of flood insurance Land survey A professional underwriter can help make this process as easy and painless as possible.

Breathe Easier With a Title Search

By Andrea Robinson
June 16, 2016 Category: Title Search

Breathe Easier with a Title Search House Title Search Prevents Unwanted Surprises Conducting a property title search for your pending home investment is a key step in securing the peace of mind you need to move forward with confidence in your purchase. An expert in title searches will conduct an investigation into the history of the property in order to determine what people and/or business entities may have a financial or legal investment in that piece of real estate. There are three main areas of focus when it comes to this research on your behalf: Are there any liens against the propertysuch as mortgages or back taxesthat need to paid off upon closing? Is the seller legally able to sell the property? What land restrictions exist for the property (such as easements)? If you are securing a mortgage for the purchase of your new home, a house title search is typically required. This protects the banks investment in you, but dont forget that it is protecting you as well! To