Mortgage Learning Center by Scott Buehler
Commonly Asked Mortgage Questions
The short answer is we need to document your income. W2 or 1099 employment, self-employment business income, pension(s), social security income, rental income, retirement distributions from IRA(s) and other income will all need to be documented in order to use it as qualifying income towards your new mortgage.
Please take a look at my mortgage application checklist to learn specifics.
I've outlined a helpful guide that walks you through the entire mortgage process from the very beginning to taking possession of your home. Check out my home purchase process guide to learn the 10 steps to a successful home purchase.
Need help with your loan application? You are in luck! I've written a full walk-through tutorial that walks you through the entire loan application process. Please visit my loan application walk-through guide.
Do you need additional help? Let's talk! 435.590.1019. I'd love to help you through the online application, take your loan application over the phone or in my office. What is easiest for you, I'm here to help.
Of course! Check out my first-time homebuyer programs guide to learn the definition of a first-time homebuyer and to see what mortgage programs I have available.
There's a lot of people involved in your home purchase transaction. It's completely understandable that these job titles are confusing. To learn more about the professionals involved in the home loan and purchase transaction, please see my roles of a home purchase transaction guide.
Did you know that interest rates and APR vary based on mortgage program, qualifying credit score, loan-to-value ratio and many other factors?
For this reason, I ask that you officially apply for a mortgage, have a discussion with me about your mortgage goals and I'll send multiple loan scenarios that will show you your options. These loan scenarios are presented to give you the clear data you need to make a decision.
Wondering what the difference in payment would be on a 15-year mortgage vs a 30-year mortgage? What's the difference in my payment between FHA and Conventional based on my credit score? What's the difference in payment between a down payment assistance program vs bringing a down payment via a gift?
Too complex? This is my job as your Mortgage Consultant. No two borrowers are the same, everyone has different goals in mind and I'm here as your guide to help you navigate your best options.
I've written two guides that should help keep you on track when it comes to home shopping and home loan lending.
Home Shopping: Ready to jump into real estate searching sites without speaking to a lender? Thinking about skipping the use of a real estate agent? Have you considered closing costs? Think you won't qualify? I cover these topics and many more in my home shopping guide.
Mortgage Qualifying: There's definitely things you should avoid doing during the mortgage qualifying process. See my home loan mistakes to avoid guide to see my top 11 list!
Absolutely! Although down payment assistance programs tend to have higher loan fees, I do have options available for those that need assistance. Check out my Utah down payment assistance programs or California down payment assistance programs pages to see your options.
If you'd like to learn about other ways to come up with your down payment and loan closing costs, please see my creative financing ways to cover down payment and closing costs page for ideas and solutions.
The current loan limits are published in my ultimate guide to a home purchase training.
These new "Loan Limits" are announced each year and they are a big deal for the entire housing market. Higher loan limits mean better access to loan types for more borrowers. These vary by county and define how large of a home loan a lender (us) is allowed to fit under specific guidelines.
See below for the Conforming and FHA loan limits in Utah and California.
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