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How to Choose a Lender to Finance Your Home

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Let’s talk about how to choose a home lender.

I’ve seen sellers reject offers and escrows crumble to pieces because the buyer chose the wrong lender. So it’s really important to choose your lender wisely.

There are 3 types of lenders:

Big Banks

  • Big Banks are the ones you see on every street corner, grocery store, and ATM. These are the banks where you deposit your money, pay bills, and cash checks.
  • The benefit of using a big bank is that they often have the best rates. However, these interest rates usually come at a cost.
  • But big banks can sometimes be lacking when it comes to customer service, response times, organization, and speed. Big banks usually don’t work on nights and weekends. They also have multiple people touching your account, which means there’s no single point of contact when things go awry. These factors not only create slow response times, they also have the potential to create confusion during the transaction when buyers need clear answers and have hard deadlines.

Online Lenders

  • Online lenders are the ones you see advertising at the top of Google when you start searching for a home loan.
  • he benefit of using an online lender is that they usually have decent rates and they’re fast when it comes to delivering pre-approvals. Speed is their appeal.
  • But there’s a reason why they’re so fast, online lenders are like factories. They deal with cookie cutter loans, but if you need extra counseling or if you don’t fit neatly into that box, then they aren’t the best option for you.

Direct Lenders

  • Direct Lenders are the lenders that are usually local, familiar with our market, and work with a lot of local Realtors®. As a result, they have a very informative and balanced view of the best loan products for buyers and what it takes to get an offer accepted in this market.
  • The benefit of working with a direct lender is that they take a consultative approach. They will sit down with you, go over all of the loan options available to you, and help you choose the right program that is going to be most beneficial to you and your unique situation. And since they have a vested interest in closing your loan, they will typically make themselves available on nights and weekends – when you need them most.
  • The only disadvantage of working with a direct lender is that they aren’t always the ones with the lowest rates.

As a Realtor, I work with lots of amazing lender partners. If you’re thinking about buying a home, start with a great lender who can help you determine your buying power and what programs are available to you.

If you’re thinking about making a move, I can help you through the entire process. Let’s chat! 

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Sandoval Realty Group

Sandoval Realty Group

Hey, I’m Christine Sandoval! I am a dedicated and experienced Realtor® serving the Inland Empire. As a native of Rancho Cucamonga, I have built a reputation for providing top-notch service and achieving outstanding results for my clients. With over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, I am an advocate for my clients' best interests. I have a passion for helping families find their forever homes. Coming from a law enforcement and military family, I pride myself in being a Military Relocation Specialist with a commitment to helping veterans and first responders. When I am not busy helping my clients navigate the world of real estate, I enjoy spending time with my family chasing my twin boys around, while traveling and exploring the many hidden gems of the Inland Empire. See you around the IE!
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