The #1 mistake you can make is to only meet/work with ONE Lender before signing up for a home loan.
Many REALTORS® have business relationships with Lenders and they will try to get you to use their preferred lender. However, this could be a costly mistake.
Therefore, we highly recommend comparing the two different types of lenders in order to compare the loan products, terms, and pricing.
Option 1: Direct Lender (Retail)
A direct lender is just that:
A bank or other financial institution that will decide whether you qualify for the loan and, if you do, will hand over the check.
In terms of Pricing:
Direct Lenders may cost the consumer more. For example, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, “the cost to originate a loan in the retail production channel averaged about $10,200 in 2018.”
Option 2: Mortgage Broker (Wholesale)
A broker acts as an intermediary:
Helping you identify the best lender for your situation and pulling together all the information needed for the mortgage application.
In terms of pricing:
Brokers may cost the consumer less than the cost of a Direct Lender. However, according to the CFPB, sometimes Bank & Credit Unions can offer lower & competitive pricing based on the relationship with the customer.
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