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Understanding the Mortgage Process

Buying a home is the biggest investment most of us will make in our lives, so it’s best to have resources and a trusted teammate to keep you on the right track. Here is a breakdown of the home buying process so you can get started finding your dream home.

Step 1

Get pre-approved to find out how much you can afford.

Step 2

Find a real estate agent (we know some great ones!)

Step 3

Start looking for a home and make a solid offer.

Step 4

Close on your new home and become a homeowner!

Find out how much you can afford!

Let’s get you pre-approved.

Why Choose the Ultimate Lending Team?

If you’re looking to buy a home, we have the resources, products, and guarantees to make it happen.

Exceptional Service

To successfully close on the home of your dreams, you need a team you can trust. We are honored to be the trusted lending expert for thousands of our clients.

On Time Closings

You shouldn’t have to worry about your mortgage holding up the purchase. Rest assured the Ultimate Lending Team will get you over the goal line.

Mortgage Assurance

Come to the negotiating table armed with a rock-solid pre-approval capable of beating out competing offers, even cash ones!

Client Reviews

  • Jim and his team made buying our first home out of state such an easy and memorable experience. Life has been amazing here in Oregon and an adventure we'll always... Read More

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    Jim provides first class service, every time. I have worked with him on numerous transactions over the last few years and as a Realtor, it is extremely comforting to know... Read More

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    Jim, Amy, and the rest of the Ultimate Lending Team was great about quickly answering all of our questions. Jim talked us through a variety of rate and point options... Read More

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  • Andrew is just the best person to work with! He is creative, friendly and unbelievably prompt! He always has time for our many questions and went above and beyond to... Read More

    Oliver G Avatar Oliver G

    Very helpful, informative, and friendly. Great group to work with!

    Michael Z. Avatar Michael Z.

    Jim Nolte has an excellent team to work with—friendly, professional, and most importantly, efficient with their work. We closed in lightning speed! Thanks again, Jim!

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Home Buyer FAQs

Your first move is to get pre-approved for a loan. After you’ve been pre-approved, you can know more specifically the price of the home that you can afford.

A pre-qualification is an estimate of what you may be able to borrow. This is a fast way to get a look into the price range for your home. Pre-approval means a financial institution has partnered to work with you and has reviewed your finances arming you with more leverage when making an offer.

A pre-approval is the lender’s written commitment to finance your home purchase up to a specific amount. Getting pre-approved is a smart idea for the serious home buyer. Real estate agents and sellers of homes want to make sure you are a bona fide buyer. With a pre-approval letter in hand, they will not have to wonder if they are wasting their time with you. You have the clout of a buyer ready to make a valid offer right now!

The good news is you no longer need 20% for a down payment! There are different loan options, but the average down payment is now 3% to 5%. You also don’t have to put any money down if you, or the property you’re purchasing, qualifies for a VA or USDA loan. Learn more about the different types of loans Ultimate Lending Team offers.

Mortgage insurance compensates a lender for losses in the event of a default on a mortgage loan. In other words, if a borrower falls behind on obligations, mortgage insurance covers the lender. PMI is generally required for mortgage loans for those who cannot generate at least a 20 percent down payment for the conventional loan, however there may be options available to you that we can tell you about!

An escrow is used to fund insurance, property taxes, and homeowner’s association dues. This is managed by a third-party, done through your mortgage payments. It tends to prevent late fees, coverage delays, or liens on your home.

You can always walk away from a deal, but in some cases you might have to give up your earnest money. This normally amounts to about 1%-2% of the price of the house.

The Ultimate Lending Team is built for speed. You can close on your new loan in as soon as 2 weeks.

Loans Offered

Conventional Mortgages

Keep a low rate from the beginning of your mortgage to the very end! We will help you find the lowest rates possible at a term that makes sense for you.

Jumbo Mortgages

Looking to buy high-value or luxury real estate? Our jumbo mortgages have low rates for higher valued homes.

FHA Loans

Down payment got you down? Don’t worry! We provide FHA loans with down payments as low as 3.5%.

VA Loans

We offer $0 down mortgage options available to veterans, service members, and select military spouses.

Investment Properties

We have home loan experts who specialize in investment property mortgages to get you earning a return on the investment ASAP.

Additional Options

We have loans for virtually any situation. Adjustable-rate or interest only mortgages and cash-out refinances. Contact us to see what is best for you!

Get Pre-Approved Today!

Qualifying for a home loan has never been easier. Ultimate Lending Team will be there for you every step of the way.

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