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Ben S. Sinclair
RMLO NMLS 220500
c: 713-412-3709
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105 Hunters Lane, Ste. 106
Friendswood, TX 77546
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Loan Process

8 Steps to a home

Premier Nationwide Lending feels the homebuying process should be transparent and stress free. Below you will see the 8 step loan process you will encounter when buying a home. If you have any questions concerning the home loan process, please contact your Premier Home Mortgage Loan Expert who is on standby ready to assist you with your home mortgage needs.

Eight steps to a home.

1. Pre-qualification Pre-qualification is usually the first step after initial contact is made to the lender. When pre-qualifying a borrower, the lender gathers information about the income and debts of the borrower and makes a financial determination about how much house the borrower may be able to afford. Wondering about your credit?

2. Application The application is actually the beginning of the loan process and usually occurs between days one and five of the loan. The borrower completes a mortgage application with the loan officer and supplies all of the required documentation for processing. Various fees and down payments are discussed at this time and the borrower will receive a Loan Estimate, which itemizes the rates and associated costs for obtaining the loan.

3. Opening the File This occurs between days 3 and 10. At this time the lender orders a property appraisal, title insurance, property survey, and credit reports, mails out requests for verifications, such as employment, bank deposits, rent, and any other documents needed for processing the loan. All information supplied by the borrower is reviewed at this time and a list of items not yet received is compiled.

4. Processing Processing occurs between days 5 and 25 of the loan. The processor reviews the credit reports and verifies the borrower’s debts and payment histories as the VODs and VOEs are returned. If there are unacceptable late payments, collections for judgment, etc., a written explanation will be required from the borrower. The processor also reviews the appraisal, survey, and checks for property issues that may require further discernment. The processor’s job is to put together an entire package that may be underwritten by the lender.

5. Underwriting Lender underwriting occurs between days 15 and 25. The underwriter is responsible for determining whether the combined package received by the processor is deemed as an acceptable loan. If more information is needed, the loan is “suspended” and the borrower is contacted to supply more documentation.

6. Pre-Closing Pre-Closing occurs between days 20 and 30. The file has come out of underwriting and all conditions are being cleared. Once this has been achieved, a closing time is scheduled.

7. Closing Closing usually occurs between days 20 and 30 of the loan. At the closing, the lender funds the loan with a cashier’s check, draft, or wire to the selling party in exchange for title to the property. This is the point at which the borrower finishes the loan process and actually buys the house.

8. Move in!

Residential Mortgage Loan Originators

I believe in “old fashioned” customer service and “customers for life”. I will be there before, during, and after your loan closing. I attend almost all my closings. With 18 years in the business, originally as an underwriter, I am able to use my technical background to get the tough deals done; structure the good deals to maximize a borrower’s budget; and develop plans to get borrows who may not quite be ready to buy at application into homes. I never met a loan I didn’t like or wouldn’t try to put together for a borrower, whether it is for $75,000 or $1,000,000. First time homebuyers are a blast, and many of my past first time homebuyers have allowed me the privilege to do their 2nd, 3rd and even 4th home purchases. My favorite part about the business is the interaction with the borrowers. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a big grin on a borrower’s face when they walk away from the closing table with a set of keys for their new home.


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Testimonials

Ben Sinclair worked with my husband and I for over a year to complete the financing for our house. He explored multiple loan situations to find the best fit for our family. At each bend and turn in the process, Ben remained positive, helpful, patient and knowledgeable. He is timely with his communication and I always felt that he was focused on our loan with our best interest in mind. Ben provides a personalized financing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone.

Lea W.

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