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Nov 7

Mortgage brokers Vs. banks The pros and cons

Are mortgage brokers or a bank your ideal choice if you're searching for a mortgage for house purchase -- or to renew the one you have on an existing home?

Which one is the better choice for mortgages: brokers or banks?

The key distinction is that a bank mortgage representative only promotes the products that their institution offers. A mortgage broker is an intermediary who works with numerous lenders and is compensated by the lenders by referring business. The Financial Services Commission regulates mortgage brokers in San Diego and requires them to possess a license.


Although most homeowners still use traditional banks to get mortgages, their main purpose when using a broker is to secure a good deal or the best rate. Because they work with many lenders, like major banks, trusts, and insurance firms, mortgage brokers are able to secure greater rates.


According to CMHC in 2017 39% of homeowners used brokers to set up their mortgage. This is up from 33 percent in the year 2016. Consumers talk to an average of 4.5 mortgage specialists when looking for the best mortgage loan. This includes 2.4 lenders as well as 2.1 mortgage brokers. Most San Diego mortgage lenders' broker clients are first-time buyers, which he is ascribed to their lack of regard for institutions of a higher level compared to their parents.


Here are a few benefits that both brokers and banks can take advantage of:



  • It is possible that a client relationship exists with the employees of the bank.

  • Although they aren't specialists in mortgages, banks' loan officers provide broader financial insights as well as information about various financial products.

  • The bank may be able to improve approval speed by having knowledge about the client's investment, credit history, account balances, and credit card histories.

  • It gives you peace of mind knowing that the institution is substantial and secure enough to withstand financial storms. Banks must follow federal regulations for underwriting.


Mortgage brokers


  • Clients only need to fill out only one application, and not have to visit multiple lenders to request estimates.

  • Sometimes, they can get better rates than those offered by central banks.

  • The products and services of the various lenders are known to mortgage experts.

  • If you are struggling to get approved by a bank, for example, self-employed persons and those with weak credit records, may be able to get the loan they need through them.

  • It doesn't matter if you're working with a mortgage broker or a bank, the down payment guidelines are identical. A five percent down payment is required for houses with less than $500,000. For homes valued between $500,000 and $999,999, a 5percent down payment is needed. 10% is required for any purchase above $500,000. A 20% down payment is required if buying a home valued at $1 million or more. Mortgage loan insurance, which is provided by CMHC is mandatory for all down payments of less than 20%.

Although the federal government doesn't regulate credit unions and small lenders, they are required to follow some underwriting requirements. Smaller lenders (or "monolines") that specialize in mortgages offer their portfolios to larger banks that have more stringent controls. The current colder housing market in San Diego and the GTA offer homebuyers more flexibility. Potential buyers are less eager.


Dennis Sakofsky C2 Financial Corp
2001 Peridot Court, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(619) 391-3707!