Frequently Asked Questions

Our team is more than happy to answer all of your questions regarding home loans and refinancing options. If you’re trying to find some answers online, some of our most asked questions can be found below.

How does Low Rate Mortgage use my credit report?

We use your credit report to evaluate your mortgage request and determine how you have handled your credit obligations in the past.

Can I buy a home if I have a less than perfect credit score?

Yes. Remember that lenders don’t just look at your credit history to determine if you qualify for a loan. They look at your willingness and ability to pay it off in the future. Don’t let your poor credit score keep you from reaching out to us.

Is a fixed or adjustable interest rate a better decision for a loan?

If you plan to be in your home for more than seven years, you may want to consider a fixed-rate mortgage, which offers predictable payments and long-term protection against rising interest rates. If you plan to be in your home less than seven years,, an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) could be attractive. Keep in mind that, with an ARM, your monthly payments have the potential to go up any time interest rates adjust.

What documents will I need when I apply for a mortgage?

When you apply, you’ll be asked to provide the following:

  • Social Security Number
  • Pay stubs from the last two months
  • W-2 forms from the past two years
  • Bank statements from the past two or three months
  • At least one year of federal tax returns (two is preferable)
  • Information on all current debt, including car loans, student loans, or credit cards.

Refinancing your current mortgage

What are the benefits of refinancing?

You may want to consider refinancing if you are interested in reducing high-rate debt, shortening the length of your repayment term or lowering your monthly payment.

When does it make sense to refinance?

It makes sense to refinance if:

  • Mortgage interest rates are falling
  • Your home has significantly appreciated in market value
  • You’ve been making payments on your 30-year mortgage for less than ten years.

Can I refinance to take cash out?

Yes. We offer a variety of options and will work with you to figure out the option that is best for you.

How can I consolidate debt when refinancing my mortgage?

Cash-out refinancing can help if you want to consolidate high-interest, non-tax-deductible debt. Consolidating may even reduce your overall monthly payments.

Do I need to have my house appraised in order to refinance?

In most cases, yes. Ask us n and we can figure out if that will be required for approval.