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First time home buyers

You’ve decided to buy your first home. Now what?

The Loan Process

1. Get Pre-Approved

This is the time to get in the know. A pre-approval will give you an advantage when you find your perfect home. We can tell you what you need to get pre-approved, so you know the exact loan amount you qualify for, what your monthly payment will look like, and how much taxes and insurance will be. With a pre-approval, the loan process will be smoother and your offer will be stronger.

2. Select Your Loan Program

Fixed rate? Adjustable? FHA? There are multiple loan options that may fit your unique needs, and we can help you choose. Are you looking for the for the consistent rates and payments that a fixed rate loan can provide? Do you want the short-term benefits of lower rates that an adjustable rate loan can bring? Our extensive portfolio of loan options means you have more options available to get just what you need.

3. Loan Application

Your application will provide a complete picture to loan investors of your assets, debts and what you are buying. You will need to provide documentation, including a photo I.D., pay stubs, proof of income, tax returns, employment history, and information on all debts, assets, and sources for down payments. Don’t worry, we will let you know exactly what is needed for the loan application so you can be fully prepared.

4. Processing and Underwriting

Your loan has specific investor guidelines that must be met, and an underwriter will review your documents to be sure that you meet them. While an underwriter reviews your file, an appraisal will be ordered on the home. Additional information may be requested, so don’t panic if you have to turn in more documents. That’s just the underwriter working hard to get your final approval.

5. Loan Approval

Before your loan is approved, you will receive pre-approval and a list of closing conditions that need to be met. These conditions can include verification that your employer is current and proof that homeowner’s insurance has been obtained. Once closing conditions have been satisfied, the underwriter issues a clear to close. Congratulations, your loan has been approved!

6. Close the Loan

With an approved loan, you are on the home-stretch towards closing. The lender will send closing documents to a title company that draws up paperwork and arranges for signing of documents. Once the documents have been signed and funding conditions have been met, the title is recorded and the process is complete. You are a proud owner of your new home, and the keys are yours!

What Can I Afford?

It doesn’t get easier than this.

Check out our user friendly Home Affordability Calculator to assess your debt-to-income ratio, down payment, loan amount, and mortgage payment all at once. It’s almost like your own personal loan expert at the click of the keyboard.

Use our Mortgage Payment Calculator to quickly and easily see current mortgage rates and determine your monthly payment.

Let us help you find the home loan to reach your financial goals.

FIXED RATE

The peace of mind of a fixed rate and payment is the right choice for most borrowers.

conventional mortgage

A conventional mortgage is a home loan that falls under the conforming loan limit of $453,100 (which is set annually by the Federal Housing Finance Agency)

fha mortgage

A mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans allow for down payments as low as 3.5%* and lower credit scores than most conventional loans. There are maximum loan amounts that vary by county.

jumbo loans

Loans for premium real estate areas that exceed the conventional conforming loan limits (ranging between $453,100-$679,650 depending on area)

reverse mortgage

If you are 62 or older, leverage the equity on your primary residence.

usda loans

A loan to fund your small town dreams of rural home ownership, with lenient down, income and credit requirements.

VA mortgage

Loans for veterans, servicemembers or surviving spouses. With qualifying income and credit, you can buy a primary residence with no money down at a fantastic rate.

ADJUSTABLE RATE

When you have short term lending goals, an adjustable rate may be right for you.

conventional mortgage

A conventional mortgage is a home loan that falls under the conforming loan limit of $453,100 (which is set annually by the Federal Housing Finance Agency)

fha mortgage

A mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans allow for down payments as low as 3.5%* and lower credit scores than most conventional loans. There are maximum loan amounts that vary by county.

Interest Only

An interest only mortgage is great if you are interested in the lowest possible monthly payment for an initial period of time.

jumbo loans

Loans for premium real estate areas that exceed the conventional conforming loan limits (ranging between $453,100-$679,650 depending on area)

reverse mortgage

If you are 62 or older, leverage the equity on your primary residence.

VA mortgage

Loans for veterans, servicemembers or surviving spouses. With qualifying income and credit, you can buy a primary residence with no money down at a fantastic rate.

Buying your first home should be an exciting experience.

We can keep it from becoming an overwhelming one.

First Time Buyers

When you are ready to become a first-time home buyer, we are here to help you through the entire process. You want clear instructions, easy steps to follow, and no surprises. We want to educate you about the mortgage process, and guide you through to a quick, hassle-free close.

The Home Loan Process, Simplified

Let us simplify the mortgage process for you. Together, we will explore your home loan options, and the steps you need to be pre-approved. We will educate you on the process and available options for first-time home buyers. When you are ready, we will be sure that you are preapproved so you can be ready to make the strongest offer when you find your perfect home.

APM Specialty Programs to Consider

Get pre-approved with our Keys on Time program and shop for a home with confidence knowing you have preliminary approved financing. It will help you to beat out other bidders, as a seller knows you have already been pre-approved for financing and can close in 20-days or less. If you don’t close on time, you could receive a closing cost credit of $895.*
Shop for your home with peace of mind. Lock in your interest rate before you have a purchase contract to be protected against rising interest rates. Certain conditions and fees may apply**
*Not available in Oregon. The “Keys on Time” program is a limited guarantee that APMC will provide a credit to the borrower of $895 after the close of escrow if, due to some fault on the part of APMC, its originators or other APMC staff, a purchase transaction does not close until a date after the originally stated close of escrow date. The “Keys on Time” limited guarantee does not apply if the purchase transaction fails to close on or before the anticipated close of escrow date due to events/circumstances beyond APMC’s control, including but not limited to, delays caused by: an unacceptable or unexpectedly low appraisal value on the subject property, acts or omissions by the escrow or title company, second lien holder approvals, short sale approval, or loan conditions imposed by the lender that, despite reasonable diligence by APMC, are not met by any party in a timely manner. The “Keys on Time” limited guarantee trigger begins when the initial loan package is received by APMC’s Fulfillment center. The complete loan package must be received in the APMC Fulfillment center a minimum of 20 days prior to the COE date. Exclusions: The limited guarantee does not apply to the HARP program, reverse mortgages, FHA 203k, non-delegated jumbo products or any loans that require prior approval from an investor. The limited guarantee applies to purchase transactions only. All programs are subject to borrower and property qualifications. Rates, terms, and conditions are subject to change without notice.

** To qualify for the SecureLock program, APM must give full credit approval to all borrowers on the loan. There are specific terms for each lock, based on which variation of the SecureLock program is used. Eligible states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Contact us today for full details.

American Pacific Mortgage Programs

*Tips for Success

  • It is extremely important that you don’t make any major life changes immediately before or during the loan process.
  • Don’t quit your job, change jobs, or become self employed.
  • Don’t make any large purchases like a vehicle or furniture.
  • Don’t co-sign on any loans for someone else.
  • Don’t spend money that you have set assigned for down payment or closing costs.
  • Don’t make any changes to your credit like opening new cards, spending on cards, or even closing accounts without guidance from a professional.
  • Don’t panic! The loan process can seem daunting, particularly if it is your first time. We will help you understand what is needed and to get you to the finish line.
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