All About Bridge Loans
We’ve had a lot of questions lately about bridge loans from Realtors and buyers alike, mostly because we’ve been doing a lot of them! In fact, we’ve done more bridge loans in the last two years than ever in our history of existence (36 years!) That tells you a bit about our market! Let’s talk…Read More
The Underwriting Process Isn’t Scary!
Underwriting! We often hear from clients that the underwriting process intimidates them. We believe there is a stereotype in our industry that underwriters are “out to get” clients by trying to hinder them from closing. This is simply not the case with RMN and our underwriting process! Our goal is to get more people approved…Read More
Don’t Count Out FHA Loans
FHA Loans are all the rage right now! As they should be! For some buyers, FHA loans are a GREAT option, and as a realtor or a borrower, you want to find the perfect home and secure the best possible financing options for yourself or for your clients. And there are many reasons why you…Read More
Credit Report Pulls and Lender Calls
We’ve run into an annoying issue lately that we want to take some time to address. Borrowers are coming to us saying that the minute we, or another lender, have pulled their credit, they get other random lenders calling them or texting them–sometimes with aggressive sales tactics! We want to make it clear that we…Read More
All About Credit Scores!
Is this the year you plan to buy a house? With the new year upon us, many may be trying to get their ducks in a row in preparation to purchase a home in 2023! We want to get ahead of that and provide valuable information that we get asked about all the time. Credit…Read More
What Can I Do Now to Prepare to Buy a House?
If you’re looking into buying your first home, even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger yet, first things first, reach out to a lender or a Realtor! It’s NEVER too soon to start a relationship with a Realtor and a lender. These professionals can help coach you to a successful purchase. From a…Read More
How do I get a mortgage?
Step One: Pre-Approval The first step towards homeownership is to talk to a lender for a Pre-Approval. RMN offers many options to best work with you and your schedule: in-person appointment with a lender, online, or via phone/email. A lender will help you determine which loan program will best suit you and your situation. In…Read More
Adjustable Rate Mortgage – A Trick or a Treat?
It’s no secret that all of us at RMN are passionate about offering fixed rate financing for our borrowers. However, it’s important for you to understand exactly WHY we are such proponents of fixed rates. After all, “What’s the harm if I get an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) from my local bank? It has the lowest…Read More
How to Choose a Loan Program
Which Loan Program Should I Choose? Does the idea of deciding on a home loan make your head spin? You may have questions like these: Why would someone choose a Rural Development loan (USDA) over a Conventional Loan? Why did my other lender tell me the VA loan isn’t the best option for me? What…Read More
Closing Costs in Cedar Rapids
Are you thinking of buying or refinancing in Cedar Rapids? Curious about closing costs? We can answer that question! Closing costs are, in general, the costs to get a loan file from application to closing. Down payment is separate from closing costs and is your investment in the property while closing costs are fees to…Read More