Basic loan products at a glance:

As a result of our affiliation with numerous major national investors, and as a direct lender, we are able to offer highly attractive mortgage rates and a complete range of products that are extremely competitive within the general marketplace for people with all credit situations.

FHA Loans, VA Loans Loans, & Conventional Loans Loans for Self-Employed people
Fixed & Adjustable Rate Mortgages Dakota County First Time Buyer
JUMBO Loans Interest Only Loans
Bruised Credit Loans

Bi-Weekly Loan Options

City Living Program Self-Employed Programs
ZERO Closing Cost Loans First-time Buyers Programs
ZERO Down Payment Loans Foreclosure Help In trouble? We can HELP
Reverse Mortgages for the elderly Commercial property loans

Loan descriptions:

Conforming Loans Conforming long-term, fixed-rate and adjustable loans that meet conforming loan limits and property and borrower guidelines. This is your 'standard' everyday mortgage loan.
Jumbo Loans Long-term, fixed-rate and adjustable loans that EXCEED conforming loan limits. Rates on JUMBO fixed loans are typically a bit higher than standard conforming loans.
VA and FHA Loans Government insured/guaranteed long-term, fixed-rate and adjustable loans. VA allows for ZERO down (you still have closing costs). FHA allows for as little as 3.50% down payment, all of which may be a gift! These loans typically allow for little or no credit, or even some minor bruised credit. VA maximum loan is now follows the conforming rate.

Zero Down
100% Financing
103% Financing

Popular a few years ago, but no near impossible to find.
First-Time Buyers

If you are comfortably paying more than $900 a month in rent and have two years of rental history, you very well could be a homeowner. We specialize in helping first-time homebuyers of all kinds, but especially those that may have less-than-perfect credit or trouble proving their income

Bruised Credit Loans Popular just a few years ago, but basically no longer available
Interest Only Loans

Popular just a few years ago, but now priced in such a way that they basically no longer make any sense.

No Income Verification Loans. Also known as NO DOC, NIV, Stated income Popular just a few years ago, but now nearly impossible to find anywhere
COFI, COSI, and CODI Loans Popular just a few years ago, but these hybrid loans no longer exist

How To Choose The Right Mortgage 

Choosing the right type of mortgage is not a very easy task. Most people obtain a 30 yr fixed loan. However, this is not always the best choice. You may have to do some homework to evaluate your personal financial situation and then determine the features of available loan programs to analyze how they correspond with your needs. I always discuss the details of your situation with you, then present possibly better loan options you may not have been aware of!

Fixed Rate Mortgages

The most common type of mortgage program where your monthly payments for interest and principal never change. Property taxes and homeowners insurance may increase, but generally your monthly payments will be very stable.

Fixed-rate mortgages are available for 30, 25, 20, 15, and 10 years. There are also "bi-weekly" mortgages, which shorten the loan by calling for half the monthly payment every two weeks. (Since there are 52 weeks in a year, you make 26 payments, or 13 "months" worth, every year.)

Fixed rate fully amortizing loans have two distinct features. First, the interest rate remains fixed for the life of the loan. Secondly, the payments remain level for the life of the loan and are structured to repay the loan at the end of the loan term. The most common fixed rate loans are 15 year and 30 year mortgages.

During the early amortization period, a large percentage of the monthly payment is used for paying the interest . As the loan is paid down, more of the monthly payment is applied to principal . A typical 30 year fixed rate mortgage takes 22.5 years of level payments to pay half of the original loan amount.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

These loans generally begin with an interest rate that is one percent (1%) or more below a comparable fixed rate mortgage, and could allow you to buy a more expensive home.

However, the interest rate changes at specified intervals (for example, every year) depending on changing market conditions; if interest rates go up, your monthly mortgage payment will go up, too. However, if rates go down, your mortgage payment will drop also.

There are also mortgages that combine aspects of fixed and adjustable rate mortgages - starting at a low fixed-rate for seven to ten years, for example, then adjusting to market conditions. Ask your mortgage professional about these and other special kinds of mortgages that fit your specific financial situation.

Another adjustable loan consideration - If you only plan on being in the home a few years, the lower start rate, combined with the adjustment period, could save you a lot of money.

Start by asking yourself these questions: 

What is my current financial situation: income, debts, other expenses: How will that change with a new house?

What do I think my future income will be? Are there any plans to change my income stream? Will I be able to absorb future mortgage payment increases?

What types of assets do I have and how much is available for a down payment and closing costs? What will my other purchase needs be when I buy a house and how will I fund those purchases?

Housing Needs
Is this a started home, or your dream home? How fast do I want to build equity? What are my long term equity needs (retirement funds, college tuition, etc.)?

How Long Do I Plan On Living In This Home
This can greatly effect loan options.

Economic Outlook
What do I feel will be the direction of future interest rate movements? How confident am I in that view?

Tax Situation
Would I benefit from making a "prepaid interest" payment in the form of discount points? What will be the impact of this purchase on my tax situation?

What is my risk tolerance for payment changes? Will I have enough cushion to absorb a 10% payment increase?

The answers to these questions should assist you in determining which type of loan program you need. A loan program that has a fixed interest rate and a fixed payment for the term of the loan is the most conservative. With an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) you have the risk of payment increases. However, you may have a lower initial payment and would be able to take advantage of reduced payments if interest rates fall. Most ARMs have caps that restrict the amount your rate can increase or decrease at the scheduled Change Dates as well as caps that restrict the overall maximum rate. To fully evaluate an ARM, you must understand the terminology used in describing its features. A glossary of real estate or mortgage terms follows.

Key features with an ARM program that need to be analyzed include the type of index, life and payment change caps, margin, fully indexed rate, negative amortization, start rate, discount points, conversion to fixed rate options, and payment change frequency.

There are many loan programs available, including a variety of fixed rate mortgages, ARMs, and other variations. For example, a fixed rate mortgage may have payments that change or an adjustable rate mortgage may have payments that are fixed for a specified period of time. Or there can be a mortgage with numerous combinations of these features. Because of the many different options available, the best resource to help you evaluate your loan needs will be your Joe Metzler Team Loan Officer.

Jumbo Products
Jumbo conventional loans are loans with loan amounts over $333,700. We offer a number of loan programs which include fixed rates as well as adjustable rates. Maximum loan amounts vary depending on loan to value ratios.

ARM Products
We offer a variety of adjustable rate programs. Criteria for these programs will vary depending on specifics, but the basic programs are as follows:

  • 1/1 ARM -- Fixed rate for 1 year and adjusts each year thereafter
  • 2/1 ARM -- Fixed rate for 2 years and adjusts each year after the second year
  • 3/1 ARM -- Fixed rate for 3 years and adjusts each year after the third year
  • 5/1 ARM -- Fixed rate for 5 years and adjusts each year after the fifth year
  • 7/1 ARM -- Fixed rate for 7 years and adjusts each year after the seventh year
  • 10/1 ARM -- Fixed rate for 10 years and adjusts each year after the tenth year
  • Balloon Loans - Fixed rate payment (based on 30 year loan), full balance due in 5 or 7 years.

Other Considerations 

Down payment
Down payments vary depending on the type of loan program selected.

Conventional loans usually require a down payment of at least 5%. The borrower must usually demonstrate that at least 5% of the down payment is the borrower's own money. At 20% down, most conventional loan programs do not require insurance against default. Some programs allow the down payment to be borrowed, or even gifted.

FHA programs allow for as little as 3.5% down payment, ALL of which can be gifted.

Points are dollars paid to lending institutions at the time of closing to allow lenders to make loans at rates lower than existing money market conditions warrant. Points balance the yield or rate of return lenders get on money they loan.

One point equals one percent of a new loan amount. If a new mortgage calls for two points, it means that two percent of the amount of the loan needs to be paid to the lender up-front at closing. Note that points are calculated on the amount of the new loan, and not on the sale price of the property.

Ask your lender for a 'PAR' rate. This is the rate where you pay NO POINTS. When you compare lenders rates, both may be offering 5.0%, one is at 'PAR' (no points) while the other may want 1 point or more to achieve the same interest rate.

The cost of borrowing money fluctuates according to the demand for money and the supply of money available at any given time. Heavy demands have a major effect on the availability of money. The result is that the supply of money for the home mortgage market is lessened, as it competes for available funds. As the availability of money fluctuates, so do the points lenders require to place their money in the home mortgage area.

Points on Conventional financing may be paid by either the buyer or the seller, and are therefore negotiable. Even though negotiable, in many instances buyers cannot afford financing a given house if they must also pay points. Therefore, sellers often see their best interests being served by agreeing to pay some or all of the points needed to make the sale. Points are tax deductible for the borrower whether they are paid by the buyer or seller paid. There are some limitations to the amount of seller contributions under all programs. For more information consult your Loan Officer.

Closing Costs
Closing costs vary slightly with various loan programs.
Click HERE to review a breakdown of closing costs. Please note that some of the costs are based on loan amount and will vary dramatically (i.e., origination fee, title insurance and mortgage registration tax).

Rate Locks
Rates may be locked anywhere during this process, from time of application until three days prior to closing. We do not make the lock decision for you, but will help guide you in your decision based on our experience.

Cash Out Refinance
You may be able to get 'cash out' against the value of you home for any reason. Loan to value limitations apply.

Mortgages Unlimited Minnesota
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(651) 552-3681

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