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Homebuyer’s Guide

Be Prepared When Buying a Home

It’s important to be prepared when buying a home. To help you in doing so, we have assembled information to guide you through the home buying process. If you have any questions concerning the home loan process, please contact your Premier Home Mortgage Loan Expert who is on standby ready to assist you with your home mortgage needs.

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Step 1: Planning For Success

Before you start searching for a home, it makes sense to have a solid home buying plan in place. It’s important that you know certain things, like why you want to own a home, what price can you afford, your home buying options, who will you work with, etc.

Step 2: Understanding Mortgage Rates

  • What should I do first? First, consider whether you want to buy a home based on your personal situation. Understanding the benefits of owning, including the potential tax adjustments, is a good place to start.
  • How much can you afford? If you decide to buy a home, the next question would be to find out how much house you can afford. Creating a home buying budget can help you set realistic goals.
  • What type of house? Once you have a budget in place, consider the different types of housing options.
  • Who can help? Premier Nationwide Lending will be here for you every step of the way.

Once you have the home buying plan in place, you’ll need to spend some time in understanding mortgage rates, discount points, and annual percentage rates (APR), among other things. Mortgage interest rates may vary widely depending on a number of factors and your choices can help you get the lowest rate possible. Loans for Low-Income Homebuyers -

  • Choosing between a fixed or adjustable rate is an important decision that you’ll need to make when you select a mortgage.
  • Shorter terms tend to produce lower interest rates.
  • Paying discount points upfront can help lower your interest rate over time.

Depending on your personal situation, there may be a number of additional ways to lower your interest rate. If your state or local government considers you to be a low-income homebuyer, you may be eligible for the special low-rate loan programs. Your Premier representative will be happy to assist you in one of our Down Payment Assistance programs.

Step 3: Getting Organized

Get organized by knowing your credit history, gathering together your personal financial information, and learning more about the different types of mortgages and rates that are available. Getting ready ahead of time will help the process move quickly and smoothly. Take the following steps before you begin the prequalification process.

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  • Review your history: It’s a good idea to understand your credit score and review your credit history at the beginning of the process. Even if you have less-than-perfect credit, you may still qualify for a mortgage.
  • Gather your financial records: Premier will require specific financial records to approve and process your loan.

Before you start shopping for a house, talk to a Premier Nationwide Lending loan officer. They can provide you with valuable advice about the home buying and mortgage processes, and can help you get qualified for a loan. They can explain all of the rate and discount points, and help you consider all of your financing options.

Step 5: Find a Home

  • Advice you can count on. Your Premier Nationwide Lending loan officer has experience in working with all types of homebuyers needs. They can help you find the right loan to fit the needs of you and your family.
  • The importance of prequalification. When you get prequalified, you aren’t actually applying for a mortgage, but asking a lender to help you create a reasonable home-shopping budget.

Now that you’ve established a home-buying budget, the next step is to find a house. Premier can give you advice on making an offer and when to apply for your mortgage. To make your search easier, Premier can provide you with a Homebuyer Checklist to help you keep track of the properties you visit. By checking off the specific features of each home you visit, you’ll find it easier to compare your choices when it’s time to make your final decision. But before you begin your search, you’ll need to make a few key decisions.

  • What do you want in a home?
  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • Do you require a garage or a basement?
  • What kind of schools are in the area?

Will You Work With a Real Estate Agent? Many homebuyers choose to work with a real estate agent to find a home. Since finding a home, negotiating the contract and closing the deal is such an important process, an experienced agent can provide guidance to help you avoid potential pitfalls. A reputable buyer’s agent should have vast knowledge of the real estate, price trends and neighborhood conditions. The agent will help you shop for your home, tour properties and be your negotiator, if bargaining over price is necessary. Who Is a Buyer’s Agent? A buyer’s agent is a real estate agent who represents only you and the purchase of your home. Be sure that you understand whom the agent is representing in a transaction. Remember that a seller’s agent is working for the seller - not you. Buyers are interested in getting the lowest price possible. If you decide to use a real estate agent, you should take great care in selecting one who meets your needs.

  • As a buyer, there’s typically no cost to you in working with a buyer’s agent.
  • Typically, the buyer’s agent receives part of the commission paid by the seller upon the sale of the home.

Step 6: The Road to Closing

You’ll need to make a number of important decisions between applying for a mortgage and closing the sale. Premier can help you prepare. The “closing” occurs when the finalized loan documents are signed and the mortgage funds are disbursed. At this time, you will officially own your home! It is important to understand what happens in the closing process before you get to it. This ensures everything is in place for a smooth closing.

Step 7: Service Continues

Once your home purchase is complete, our Premier Nationwide Lending mortgage representatives will be available to answer all of your questions during the life of your mortgage. Premier Nationwide Lending will be your Lender for Life.

Residential Mortgage Loan Originators

Originally I wanted to be a nurse; after all, isn’t that the dream of most little girls? I really wanted to help people and thought this would be the best way. I was first exposed to the mortgage industry as a clerk – working toward my nursing goal behind the scenes. I rapidly became enamored with how crucial the mortgage service industry is in the lives of people, helping them in a very surreal way – with their finances! Nursing slowly took a backseat as I realized the hands-on learning I was experiencing as a loan clerk could be put to immediate use in the lives of folks who desired to find a safe place for their family to call home.

I have now been a part of the mortgage lending industry for over 23 years. I do not regret my decision one bit. I moved from loan clerk to loan processor very quickly, surpassing all branch volume expectations and was recognized as Top Processing Supervisor.

Being so enthusiastic with lending; I began originating loans and endeavored in my personal production goals. I feel I have a unique passion for people and their desire for security and homeownership. You see for me, it doesn’t stop at simply the client buying a home. I look at the entire family financial picture, analyze their objectives and ensure that this new mortgage payment and all that comes with it will provide peace of mind & confidence for the future. Because in the end, a beautiful home is no fun on a Friday night if all you can do for dinner is eat PB&J while staring at the same television screen!

“It is really all about the client and their family. By removing myself from the equation, I am able to focus on their objectives; not merely for the home itself but for their overall financial goals. This is crucial if I hope to earn trust that deserves loyalty! It is more than just a house; it is their home and family’s very own place of security”.

This is how I developed a truism that I take deeply to heart - “It’s Your Home. It’s My Reputation. I CARE about Both!”

I am honored to say that my efforts & dedication to the right things have paid off. I was rated the top 1% of Mortgage Professionals in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine four years running – 2011, 12, 13, & now in 2014. I take this tribute seriously and am blessed by the recognition!

I am committed to providing my clients with the highest quality home loans combined with great interest rates and sensible closing costs. No matter where in Texas you desire to call home – be it Clear Lake, League City, Friendswood, Deer Park, Pasadena, Pearland or anywhere in this Great State – I am ready to help ease your concerns and provide you with the honest answers and education you need to make the best decision for your family!


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Testimonials

Thank you for providing 1st Class superior service to me and my buyers! Looking forward to many transactions with you in the future!

Mary M., UTR Texas Realtors

You did an awesome job with Darren & Melanie! When the going gets rough, you know how to handle it! I appreciate and admire you more than ever. Looking forward to more happy endings together!

Barbara S., UTR Texas Realtors

We truly appreciate all the work you did on our refinance & thank you for making it so easy! You’re wonderful to work with!

Joe & Gina B.

Your thoughtfulness means so much. We love our new home. Our son is thriving with a safe neighborhood. Thanks again for all your help!

Randy & Sharron M.

I really want to thank you so much for the time you spent talking with me and helping me understand the process. Please rest assured that when I do purchase a home, I will be coming back to you. It is obvious that you take pride in your work and treat everyone with unparalleled professionalism. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Madison B.

Johnny and I would like to thank you for all cards and e-mails you send. We love our new home and we couldn’t have gotten in it without you. Of all the things I am thankful for, your help is one of them!

Leslie & Johnny J.

We just received our mail key today and found your cards that you sent. Thank you again for such a wonderful job done! In fact, my Realtor told me that he could use someone like you in this market with how easy you made the process. Your commitment and dedication to your craft go above and beyond and I, along with Jenny, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I look forward to the continued relationship and will always recommend you at any time possible.

Jeff, Jenny and Family

Thank you for going the extra mile for us! We appreciate you!

Jeff & Stefanie W.

Thank you Juli Morman and Katrinia McGuire for helping us become proud owners of our beautiful new home! We love it! You two ladies make an amazing team!

Javier & Jennifer G.

Heeeeeeyyyyyy.... Have I told you, you are the best at what you do???? You rock at your job sister! We are so very grateful for your dedication to us! You are passionate about helping people! Thank you!!! #bestlenderever, #mustusethislady, #makesyourdreamscometrue

George & Tiffany N.

It has been my pleasure to know and work with Katrinia over the past ten years in the title business. I’ve become very close to her as a friend and highly respect her as a colleague as well. She is a person of very high integrity and truly cares about people. Purchasing a home is a very exciting and yet stressful time for homebuyers. Because she cares……she is able to relate to the circumstances and lives of her clients and fulfill their needs as their lender. As an Escrow Officer with South Land Title Company, I am always thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Katrinia in our joint effort to close on the purchase of our clients’ homes. This is because I know that she is very knowledgeable in the lending industry and provides excellent customer service. Giving Katrinia any referrals in the past has been extremely comfortable for me because over a period of ten years I have consistently witnessed the compatibility between her and her clients and the true happiness and satisfaction that she provides them.

Pamela P., Escrow Officer - South Land Title Company

Katrina, thanks so much for not wanting to tear your hair out before you got through with this. You were great and never wavered from your goal of closing this property. We sincerely appreciate your diligence in completing this transaction with a satisfactory conclusion. Thank you again,



Becky B.
 - Century 21 Paramount

Thank you for helping us purchase the PERFECT home! We love it and couldn’t have done it without your hard work. You are a true blessing and we appreciate you! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Evelyn & Joe

We can’t Thank You enough. It’s been a month since we’ve been in our home & we love every minute of it. Thank you for making our dreams come true! With Love,

The Buentello family

Just so you know – you made a difference! Thank you again for everything you did to get us into our wonderful home!

Eric & Joanna

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