Wintrust Mortgage was created to assist in the realization of the American dream of home ownership. Our large volume means competitive rates and in 2015 we originated $4.3 Billion. Along with the ability to lend in all 50 states, this makes us one of the largest mortgage bankers in the country. Wintrust Mortgage is a part of Wintrust Financial Corporation, a well capitalized, diverse, financial services company. Our company offers unbeatable service and a wide variety of solutions.
• A broad range of programs including:
– Special first time home buyer programs
– C onventional and adjustable mortgages
– Jumbo, FHA and VA mortgages
– R esidential and commercial lending
• Fast prequalification process
Wintrust Mortgage is not like other mortgage providers. For us, it’s not just about products and price. It’s about service. Service to our customers and our community. Whether you’re buying your first home or refinancing, Wintrust Mortgage is your calm, clear and experienced guide through the mortgage process.
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These are conventional loans that follow the terms and conditions established by the guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Conforming loans are equal to or less than the dollar amount established by the conforming loan limit set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s and meets their funding criteria.
Types of Conforming Loans
The interest rate and the principal payments remain fixed throughout the loan. Keep in mind your monthly escrow account payment could vary from year-to-year as taxes and insurance rates change.
VA Loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Service persons and veterans can qualify for a VA Loan, which usually offers a competitive fixed interest rate, no down payment and limited closing costs. While the VA does not issue the loans, it does issue a certificate of eligibility required to apply for a VA loan.
The FHA is a federal government agency within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
FHA plays a significant role in helping low- to moderate-income families qualify for mortgages. FHA assists first-time buyers and others who would not qualify for a conventional loan, by providing mortgage insurance to private lenders. Interest rates for an FHA loan are usually the going market rate, while the down payment requirements for an FHA loan are lower than conventional loans. The required down payment can be as low as 3.5 percent and the closing costs can be included in the mortgage amount. The FHA isn’t a lender and doesn’t directly make home loans. Instead, the FHA insures home loans against the borrower’s default to encourage lenders to offer the loans to home buyers and homeowners at more affordable interest rates.
The FHA has a special program that can help you refinance your FHA loan through a streamline process that’s easier than the typical refinancing.
Here’s a summary of what an FHA streamline refinance is, what the advantages of an FHA streamline refinance are, how an FHA streamline refinance works and what the requirements are.
FHA Refinance Loan Streamline Process
It’s important to remember that “streamline” doesn’t mean you can refinance your FHA loan without any closing costs. Instead, “streamline” refers only to the process, which involves less documentation and other requirements than a typical mortgage refinance does. For example, an FHA streamline refinance loan might not require an appraisal. That’s a major advantage if you want to refinance but believe your home has declined in value.
Though the streamline refinance isn’t cost-free, your lender may allow you to finance the closing costs through a slightly higher interest rate on your new loan. That means you won’t have to pay a lot of cash out-of-pocket to streamline refinance your existing FHA-insured mortgage. Instead, you’ll pay a higher interest rate and your FHA lender will pick up the tab for the closing costs of your streamline refinance. If you refinance into an FHA loan with a lower interest rate, you’ll still save money on your monthly mortgage payment.
Qualifying for an FHA Streamline Refinance Loan
The basic requirements for an FHA streamline refinance are:
• The mortgage that you want to refinance must be an FHA-insured loan.
• You must be current (i.e., not delinquent) on your mortgage payments.
• The primary reason why you want to refinance your FHA loan must be to lower your monthly principal and interest payment.
• You cannot tap your equity (i.e., take out cash) if you use the streamline process.
The FHA streamline refinance loan program isn’t new; in fact, the streamline process has existed since the early 1980s. An FHA-approved lender can help you get started on your FHA streamline refinance loan.
A reverse mortgage is a low-interest loan for senior homeowners that uses a home’s equity as collateral. The loan amount is a percentage of the home’s value determined by the age of the youngest homeowner. The loan does not have to be repaid until the last surviving homeowner permanently moves out of the property or passes away. At that time, the estate has approximately 12 months to repay the balance of the reverse mortgage or sell the home to pay off the balance. All remaining equity is inherited by the estate. The estate is not liable if the home sells for less than the balance of the reverse mortgage.
A jumbo mortgage is a home loan with an amount that exceeds conforming loan limits imposed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored enterprises that buy mortgages from lenders. The limit is $417,000 in most parts of the United States, but is $625,500 in the highest-cost areas and in-between in others. The cost of a jumbo loan is higher than a standard loan, so expect a higher interest rate for a jumbo loan.
Pingora Asset Management LLC, (“Pingora”), is a specialized asset manager focused on investing in and servicing of new production performing mortgage servicing right ( MSR ) portfolios. Founded by Michael Lau in 2012, Pingora plans to capitalize on recently formed opportunities in the mortgage sector.
Pingora Asset Management LLC is led by a team of mortgage industry executives with market leading experience in sourcing and executing MSR transactions and navigating key regulatory and business relationships in the mortgage industry.
Meet Our Team
Michael P. Lau
Recognized as a leader in all aspects of the mortgage banking industry, most recently as Executive Vice President of Phoenix Capital, CEO Michael P. Lau brings over 25 years of expertise in loan servicing, underwriting, quality control, IT, accounting, finance, capital markets, and business development to Pingora Asset Management.
Todd Wallace joins Pingora Asset Management after four years with Vantium Capital, Inc., where as CFO he streamlined system operations and increased assets from $500 million to $4 billion. Throughout his thirty-year career he has played instrumental roles in helping grow various types of financial organizations such as WMC, GE Money Spring Mountain Group.
Paul Thomas joins Pingora from SunTrust, where he was the EVP of Capital Markets responsible for MSR asset management, secondary marketing, investor relations, investment portfolio management and product development. Paul has over 20 years of experience in mortgage-related interest rate risk management, structured finance, and credit risk management, holding key roles at National City, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Paul received a BSBA from the University of Denver, an MBA from The Wharton School, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
We’ve helped over 500,000 families and made available over $1 Billion in VA Financing in the past year.
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We Specialize in VA Loans
At VAMortgageCenter we pride ourselves on being different from other service providers. We specialize in VA Loans and take great pride in Serving those Who Have Served. This dedication and focus on VA loans has allowed us to streamline the VA loan process, making it very smooth and easy for our clients.
We Make the Process Fast and Simple
This extensive VA experience enables us to streamline the VA Loan process, making it smooth and easy for you. Once you get started, your VA Loan Officer will be there with you every step of the way, gathering the necessary paperwork and will work with the VA on your behalf.
We are a VA Approved Lender
The Department of Veteran Affairs requires those who offer VA Loans go through a stringent approval process. We are a VA approved lender and are proud that over 500,000 military families have come to us to use their VA Loan Benefits.
Why Choose a VA Loan
VA Loans are specifically for veterans, active military, reservists and select military spouses to purchase a primary residence. This mortgage program, offered by VA-approved lenders and guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides potential homebuyers with benefits such as $0 down payment, no mortgage insurance and lenient VA Loan requirements to provide substantial cost savings .
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As a future homeowner, most likely you re planning to take out a mortgage so that you can finance a home on a schedule that fits your needs and budget. The first decision that you ll have to make is the length of the loan. The most common terms are 15 years and 30 years, but loans are also available for 20 years or 25 years. The longer the loan, the lower the monthly payment. However, with a shorter loan, you ll pay substantially less interest over the life of the loan.
Once you ve determined the length of the loan, you ll have to decide if you want a fixed or adjustable rate mortgage.
Fixed rate. A fixed rate loan is a great option if you re planning to stay in your home for a decade or longer, you want consistent principal and interest payments, and/or you re worried about rising interest rates.
Adjustable rate. An adjustable rate mortgage may be preferable if you re planning to move within the next few years. Once the fixed portion of the loan is over, you ll be able to refinance and potentially secure a lower interest rate.
Strike the Perfect Balance with a 20 Year Mortgage
If you re having trouble deciding whether a 15 or 30 year mortgage is the right fit, you may want to consider the current 20 year mortgage rates. With a 20 year term, you ll have a lower interest rate than you would with a 30 year mortgage, but your monthly payment won t be as high as it would be with a 15 year mortgage. You ll be able to make your payments comfortably while still building equity in your home fairly quickly.
Paramount Equity Mortgage places a high priority on fast transactions, low mortgage rates, and outstanding customer service. Whether you re purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing home, we have the products that you need. Contact us today to learn more.
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An appraisal conducted by a licensed and approved FHA appraiser is needed for underwriting a 203k loan. All residential home loan programs including VA, FHA and conventional (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) require the performance of comprehensive appraisal report. The type of appraisal required for the financing of rehab property is specified under the 203(K) appraisal requirements and guidelines.
The primary objective of an appraisal report is to establish the value of a subject property based on its existing condition and local market conditions. A lender evaluates other factors only after the suitable property value has been determined. The loan amount allowed by the 203(K) rehab loan program is determined based on the market value established by the FHA approved appraiser.
Differences between a 203K Appraisal and a Conventional Mortgage Appraisal
For most common purposes involving residential financing, the lender appraisal guidelines only require the As Is value. In such reports, the appraiser estimates the home value based on its prevailing condition. The 203K appraisal is different as it involves the calculation of the After Repair value.
In addition to the purchase price, the cost of the rehab and repair work can also be financed with a 203k loan. The proposed repair work, in most cases, increases the property s market value. A 203k lender seeks the after-repair value from an appraisal report submitted to them by an approved FHA appraiser. The ARV helps the lender determine the maximum loan amount a property can support based on its value.
The specific FHA appraisal guidelines on 203(K) loans differ based on the type of transaction involved. For purchase transactions, the lender may choose to establish the sales contract price as the As is Value . Value is determined based on the contract amount only in cases where the lender estimated value is also similar to the agreed amount.
If purchase price based on the contract is higher than the AS IS value determined by the appraisal, the lender may require the buyer renegotiate the contact price to match this amount. Otherwise, the borrower may have to secure these funds from other sources.
For a refinance transaction under 203K guidelines, the FHA appraisal requirements are slightly different. As there is no contract involved, the present value of such properties is determined using either the outstanding loan amount or the as is appraisal value. When both values are available, the lesser one is chose for setting the 203k loan appraisal value. In situations where the outstanding amount exceeds the allowable LTV amount, the difference can be made up through cash at the closing.
The 203k appraisal requirements are accommodative of many rehab loan scenarios that fall between the Streamline and Standard programs. Both the as is and after repair values can be indicated in a single appraisal report. The proposed improvements and renovation work is considered when arriving at the after improvement value. The final call regarding a single or double appraisal is taken by a 203(K) lender underwriting the loan.
Appraisal for HUD 203(K) Eligible Properties
203K rehab loan program is one of the most preferred options utilized by buyers of 203(K) eligible HUD owned homes. Every hud-listing has an entry indicating the eligibility of the subject property according to 203k provisions.
A HUD property can be purchased and renovated using a 203k loan. An appraisal report is generally not required by the lender to determine the as is value. When an appraisal is needed, it can be requested from the nearest field office. This usually saves about $300 for buyers of HUD homes with a FHA 203k loan.
Unlike traditional and conventional appraisal reports, a 203k appraisal involves contractor bids, work write-ups, proposed plans, specifications and other related matters. All the supporting documents must be presented in the lender prescribed format as a part of the final appraisal package.
In addition to single-family and multi-family residential properties, 203k financing can be used to renovate and rehabilitate mixed-use properties and condos. A mixed-use property appraisal involves the separate assessment of both the residential and commercial portions. Due to this, the appraisers might charge a bit higher.
The lending guidelines allow a loan amount 10% greater than the 203k appraisal value determined through the after repair method.
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Curious about what goes into staging a home, and why it could be a life saver before you put your house on the market? David Robertson of David Robertson Design is here to shed some light on the topic.
David has been working in Seattle for 14 years in Home Staging and Interior Design. He opened his own company David Robertson Design based on the idea that if he specializes in building a company around his passion for Modern and Mid Century Modern Design/Architecture that he could create a niche in the Seattle Market that was not being meet. 10 years later, he has grown the company from of 1 Employee and 1 Sofa to 9 employees and 5000 sqft Warehouse that can stage up to 50 houses at a time. He has the most talented design team assembled in Seattle that are the magic behind his company.
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The Dan Keller Mortgage Team gives massive value to their clients in each transaction. They not only provide great rates and fees, but also offer unparalleled customer service! Oh, and did I mention that they can close a loan effortlessly in under 21 days?
Zach M. September 11, 2015
When it comes to buying a home, small differences between banks can amount to thousands of dollars. Dan locked us into an excellent rate and helped us secure a loan with payments well below our expectations. He secured us an amazing mortgage and made the entire process simple and effortless on our part. He and
Bert B. September 11, 2015
Dan Keller and his team are completely amazing. I have a bit of experience in mortgage lending (okay, 30 years), and would highly encourage anyone considering a real estate loan (Agents, are you listening?) to use Dan’s team for their next transaction. My daughter her family were in a short-sale escrow to purchase a
Deborah K. September 11, 2015
As a real estate attorney, I can attest to the first-class quality of Dan’s service and products. Dan has done a spectacular job for my clients, distinguishing himself by working hard, getting them in the right loans, then ensuring the transactions close smoothly. I cannot recommend Dan highly enough.
Ron M. September 11, 2015
I’m an educator and a 30+ year veteran of the mortgage lending industry. I’ve known Dan for several years now. This year, Dan was put in a position of having to make an ethical choice. He chose to be honest. His choice had an effect on me professionally, and I don’t think he realized it
Jillayne S. September 11, 2015
Can’t say enough about Dan and his team. I am a real estate broker in Northwest Washington and encourage all of the buyers we are working with to contact Dan and use him if they are financing their home. I could go on and on about how he has saved the day on different deals
Ed F. September 11, 2015
My wife and I are first time home buyers who were slightly anxious about the unknowns in the process of getting a loan. A friend referred us to Dan Keller and his group, saying they had rates comparable to big banks but were much more personable. Our first thought was that paying a bit more
Jonathan W. September 11, 2015
After an awful experience with Wells Fargo, Dan and his team swept in and saved the day. We found the perfect house and were not ready to let it go. We thought it might be a long shot to get our loan through a second process in only 3 weeks, but Dan made it happen
Alanna B. September 11, 2015
I have been recommending all of my Seattle Real Estate clients to Dan Keller for years when they need an FHA loan, conventional mortgage, or refinance. As a Seattle real estate agent myself, I am often “courted” by mortgage brokers that want me to work with them. None are as good as Dan. When he
Christian N. September 11, 2015
Dan has been an excellent business partner, I definitely recommend his mortgage services!
Bob W. September 11, 2015
Honestly after reading these reviews I was skeptical about them being fake. Possibly Dan’s friends or family trying to hype him up. People do not get this good of reviews. I was wrong; after working with Dan I can honestly say he was great. We had a near impossible situation that most advisors/brokers would have