Home Loans made simple
First time homebuyer? You’ve come to the right place!
Looking at real estate fliers and touring homes is easy. Applying for a home loan and figuring out how to pay for a house – well, that can get complicated. Let us guide you through understanding a home loan.
#1 - A home loan is called a mortgage.
Buying a house is one of the largest investments most people make. Home loan programs are available to those who need to borrow the money and buy a house (which is almost everyone.) The money borrowed and the payment due each month is called a mortgage.
#2 - Home loan options are also called programs.You have choices when it comes to a home loan. Some buyers have more choices than others depending on how much money you make, where the home is located, how much money you have to spend right away and your credit score. There are many options when it comes to home loans and several programs available. Some of them include:
- Conventional loans (also known as regular loans)
- FHA loans
- VA loans
- USDA loans
The best step to determine the right home loan program for you is to call a local mortgage lender you trust. The lender can explain the difference in each program and help you decide which one is best for you.
#3 - Learn the numbers.There are many “numbers” involved in a home loan process. When you apply for a loan, you will have a unique set of figures for you. Here are some numbers that will be figured up into your home loan:
- Purchase price of the home
What you’re offering to pay for the house you want to buy.
- Down payment
The money you have available to buy the house when you apply for your loan.
- Interest rate
Usually a percentage and based off of your credit score. This percentage figures up how much money in interest you will pay during the life of your loan.
- The term of your loan
Typical terms are 15, 20 or 30 years – meaning how long it will take to pay back the loan.
- Monthly payment amount
This is what your mortgage bill will show each month.
#4- Home loans aren’t free – but it doesn’t cost to apply.
It’s FREE to pre-qualify and apply for a home loan. But there are some fees involved when you borrow money to buy a house. Closing costs will apply before your loan is approved. This pays for the processing of the home loan. Also, you will be charged interest on your loan – this works just like any other loan from the bank – interest for borrowing the money will be part of your mortgage payment.
#5- There are tax benefits to home loans.Although home loans do not come free, the government lets you write-off what you pay in interest on your Federal income tax return. Also, if you pay mortgage insurance (MI), you may also write-off this amount.
How do I buy a house?
These are the basics of understanding home loans. If you want to buy a house but haven’t found one yet, go ahead and pre-apply for a home loan now.
If you’ve already found a house and made an offer, we can still help you. Fill out our online application form for a home loan. Our team will be in touch ASAP to collect information about the house you want to buy and get the ball rolling on your financing.
Questions? Call us at 616-298-2743.
You have truly been a pleasure to work with! Everything from the start of the loan to the finishing touches was done with quick and easy access. All emails and phone calls took less than 24hrs to return. I will continue to refer anyone and everyone I know looking to buy your way! It's extremely convent when loans go smoothly and closing happens on time! Thank you for your hard work and your dedication towards our loan. It's all very much appreciated from us! Thank you!!
Adrian and his team are amazing. The process was painless!! I highly recommend them for mortgage and refi. Thank you so much!!!
We will be referring anyone we know. Adrian and his team were amazing to work with. Especially with being 1st time home buyers they helped alleviate so much stress and worry along with our wonderful realtor that they had connected us with. They were very knowledgeable and patient and very quick to respond. They were very prompt and clear about what was needed and when it was needed.
Adrian was amazing to work and I would recommend him to anyone! We started our loan process in February and hit some bumps with COVID-19 and an issue with our original title company. He worked quickly through EVERY issue, communicated quickly and clearly , and made homeownership happen for us. We are beyond thrilled with his service.
My husband and I will be referring everyone and anyone to this team hands down. Between them and our amazing Realtor as well this was a very good experience, especially being first time home buyers. Matt was hands down very professional and also very above and beyond patient, kind , and easy to take a moment to explain anything we needed. We will be always using this team and our realtor for any other future new homes as well. THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!
We have worked with Adrian and his team to purchase two homes and have never been dissatisfied. The team is fast and effective. They really do make the home buying process a piece of cake! 10/10 - Highly Recommend!
Adrian is exceptional - he is a hard worker, reliable, very intelligent, and has a great personality. He always reponded quickly and talked through/explained how/why things were done and my options. He worked hard to get me a low interest rate and a great loan. Working with Adrian is a smart choice -- but definitely ask him if it's possible to NOT work with Rachel once it gets into the paperwork/closing on a home process. His team doesn't even compare to him - especially Rachel. If she works on the loan with you, expect to never be contacted. I had to always call her first to inquire about my loan progress and push her to do her job (little harsh, but true! I wanna warn you). Once I left a message and she never called back. I wouldn't have ever known my loan was going to be delayed by the underwriter unless I had called her until she picked up so we could talk. I had to coordinate with my bank being out of town (2.5hrs away) and she didn't seem to care to keep me updated on when closing was. It's a huge bummer to have Adrian be such a great worker, and his team be so lazy. Hopefully you can work with Adrian and avoid Rachel!
Adrian was excellent to work with! We started our loan in February and hit some bumps with COVID-19 and our original title company. Adrian worked quickly through each issue, found us a new title company in time to make homeownership happen for us. The whole time, he communicated with us clearly and frequently. We are beyond thrilled with his service and I would recommend him to absolutely anyone.
Adrian worked HARD on our loan, and we closed on time in the middle of the COVID-19 shutdowns. He and his team jumped through multiple hoops for us. Amazing work!
Adrian and his team are top notch. They get the ball rolling and stay on top of everything until they get the job done. Very thorough and efficient. They are smart and innovative. Terrific at finding the right solution to improve your situation. Great use of technology and just good people. Will recommend!
We have worked with Adrian and his team to purchase two homes and have never been dissatisfied. The team is fast and effective. They really do make the home buying process a piece of cake!
Adrian & his team walked with us every step of the way!! They kept us very informed, which was very important to us! We had some hiccups (no fault of theres)...but they hung with us ...and we closed this past Friday! 🎉. Highest recommendation!
Adrian did a fantastic job helping us through the loan process, up until we met him..the VA process was a joke..we were very discouraged..he came to the rescue and was able to sort thru everyone elses messes and deliver us to closing..Thanks Adrian!!
Adrian has been wonderful to work with since day one! He helped us when we purchased our first home and again when we refinanced our mortgage. I have sent him countless emails on nights and weekends, fully expecting a response the next business day. He always gets back to me within an hour. I have even emailed him months after closing with questions and he is always willing to help in whatever way possible.
Adrian and his staff went beyond my expectations. Every step of the process was handled with professionalism and on a personally level as it pertained to my refinancing of my home. They took all my concerns and questions and answered them all in a timely manner. There were a few set backs, however, I was very comfortable with how they were all handled. I was always kept in the loop as what step of the process the loan was going through and what to expect next. I had several question throughout the whole process and never once did I feel like I was bothering Adrian and or his staff, he always said call anytime you have a question. I was very satisfied with the end result. Adrian and his staff rock and it was a blessing working with them.
Adrian was an amazing Mortgage agent. He aggressively looked for options that reduced our costs and explained each option and program throughly. I was particularly impressed with the regular and consistent updates Adrian did via email. When I called him he answered or person who was well informed and helpful. I'll 100% return to Adrian for future financing needs.