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Changes in national lending regulations limits mortgage fees

Changes in lending regulations combined with no-cost loans and fewer all-cash buyers benefit Southern Nevadans in the market for a home.

“Many homebuyers have lowered their out-of-pocket mortgage costs thanks to new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage regulations that took effect earlier this year and through Premier Mortgage Lending’s ‘no fee’ mortgage program,” said Rick Piette of Premier Mortgage Lending. “The ‘3 percent cap rule’ placed a limit on the upfront fees charged by lenders to no more than 3 percent of the mortgage balance. This has reduced the cash that you must bring to the table … to close on your home.”

Homebuyers who “shop around” for their mortgage have discovered even more savings, especially those who have turned to mortgage brokers who offer multiple mortgage programs from different banks and private lenders.

“Mortgage brokers, like Premier Mortgage Lending, can help you uncover the best deal because we work with a variety of lenders and must offer borrowers the lowest possible interest rate and fees for which you qualify. We are federally regulated in what we can charge borrowers in total compensation, but the mortgage banks, through the use of secondary market profits, have no limits on what they can charge you. This gives us brokers a tremendous competitive advantage when pricing your loans.”

Among the many programs that the full-service, Henderson-based lender can offer qualified borrowers are “no fee” mortgages.

To compare the actual cost of mortgages, the longtime Las Vegan advises his clients to compare the APR or the “annual percentage rate” rather than the interest rate because the APR incorporates these various fees.

In addition to connecting qualified borrowers to a “no fee” mortgage and other programs, Premier Mortgage Lending also offers Another Chance Nevada, a program that offers credit-challenged borrowers a second chance at purchasing a home, including those who recently experienced a short sale or foreclosure.

“Now is really a great time to buy a home in the Las Vegas Valley because our housing market has stabilized and many of those investors and home flippers have moved on with their all-cash offers,” he said, citing a Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors report that showed all-cash sales were 34 percent in September, a decline from February 2013 when 59 percent were cash sales.

“This is great news to those who want to buy a home to live in and, like most typical people, need a mortgage to do so. Having a mortgage prequalification letter in hand is essential because it shows the seller that you have done your research, you know your purchase power, and that you’re serious about buying their home.”

For more information, call Premier Mortgage Lending at 702-485-6600 or visit www.AnotherChanceNevada.com.

Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS No. 393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 125.

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