A lot of loan officers in the Tampa area are very complacent with the real estate market so good. Learn what to do and what questions you need to ask. With the real estate market being so hot in Tampa Bay many loan officers (lenders) are becoming more and more complacent. So I have been doing their job for them and explaining the different loan programs and closing costs to my buyer for them. Thank goodness I was a loan officer and I know a lot about mortgage loans, closing costs and programs.
What you need to do when you talk to a loan officer is get a Loan Estimate (LE). This will give you a breakdown of all your reoccurring and non-reoccurring closing costs. Then ask the loan officer to go over the different costs with you so you have a good understanding.
It’s also a great idea to ask the loan officer if there are other loan programs that you are qualified for and to go over the pros and cons of each loan program.
Hi everyone. This is your Realtor Tampa Bay . In this video, I want to talk about why loan officers in Tampa and probably everywhere in the United States right now are very complacent and what you need to do about this.
I wanted to do this video because this week I had several buyers. A couple that was local first time home buyers and then some that we’re relocating to Tampa and one thing I noticed just how complacent loan officers have gotten now. I talked about this a weeks ago but I want to bring up a little bit different twist and what you need to do about this.
In Tampa right now our market is really busy. So I think again everybody is getting complacent. Realtors, loan officers, builders, inspectors, everybody and I’ve just noticed a lot of time when first time home buyers are going in and getting a loan. The loan officers are not taking the time to really explain the different loan programs to them. They’re not taking the time to explain the lender's estimates called the LE and going over different closing cost and when someone’s coming in from out of state they’re used to different closing cost or different procedures in the state they are coming from and the loan officers. What they are doing is they’re basically directing everybody to their website. They’re saying fill out an application. They’re filling out an application. They may send them a lenders estimate, they may not. They’re supposed to but even if buyers are calling and getting pre-qualified. They’re not really going over everything with them. They are not explaining things to them like different types of state taxes and how things work here.
What I would say is this. When you talk to a loan officer and you get a quote. Whether it’s on the interest rate of closing costs. Get everything in writing from him. Ask him to send you a lenders estimate and go over all the different cost with them and have him explain it to you. I know when I was in lending years ago. I always did this to people and when I was working with them whether they’re a first time home buyer or a second time home buyer. I always went over the different options with them on loan programs and told them the advantages, disadvantages and let them pick out what was best for them. And a lot of cases they just simply asked me well what one would you go with and why.
So you need to start asking questions because I see so many buyers out there they are just getting information from these lenders and what’s happening is I’m having to step in as a real estate agent and explain the different loan program, the different closing costs and it’s okay because I understand this. I was a lender for so many years. I was a co-owner of a mortgage company but very few real estate agents understand anything about loans and most of them just say oh we’ll just ask the loan officer. It’s unfortunate and I know a lot of people that are watching this video are not in Florida or certainly not in the Tamp Bay area but just make sure to talk to the lender. I mean the loan officer and ask them.
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