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Nathan Pierce

Loan Officer

NMLS ID 12920

801-272-0600 nathan@advancedfunding.com

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Closer Look at the VA Funding Fee

The VA Funding Fee is a government fee applied to every VA purchase and refinance loan in Utah. This fee goes directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover losses and keep the loan guaranty program running for future generations of military homebuyers. The fee changes depending on several factors, including the nature of the borrower’s service, whether the borrower has used the benefit before, the type of loan and whether there’s a down payment. Borrowers with service-connected disabilities and select others might not have to pay it at all. Let’s take ...

December 4th, 2018 | VA Loans, Loan Programs, Closer Look at the VA Funding Fee

VA Loans - Residual Income Requirements

For eligible active-duty service members, veterans and surviving spouses, the VA loan is a really good deal if you’re looking to buy a home in Utah. Its benefits include a 0% down payment and a funding fee that can be paid at closing or rolled into the loan instead of mortgage insurance. You may be familiar with the fact that lenders take a look at your monthly debt payments in order to help determine how much house you can afford. However, VA loans also take into account the concept of residual income. Before we get to that, let’s touch on the basics.   What&...

December 1st, 2018 | VA Loans, Loan Programs, VA Loans - Residual Income Requirements

Jumbo Mortgage Loan Basics

The majority of homes around the country are purchased with the aid of traditional, conforming mortgage loans. Yet when home prices rise quickly, many markets have price tags that are too high for these standard loans. Enter the jumbo loan.   What is a Jumbo Loan? Jumbo mortgage loans are those that have a higher dollar amount than the limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises that buy up home loans and sell them on the secondary market. Since Fannie and Freddie are backed by the federal government, they create loan limits to minimize the r...

November 14th, 2018 | Loan Programs, Home Buying or Selling, Refinance, Jumbo Mortgage Loan Basics

30-Year Mortgages vs 15-Year Mortgages

The majority of Utah home buyers sign up for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) – the staples of mortgage lending. And yet there is another option that may serve many borrowers better: the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. Both loans include an interest rate that does not change over the course of the loan but one is paid off twice as fast as the other. Both can be financially savvy in certain situations.   Payments If you are looking for the lowest monthly payment, a 30-year FRM beats the 15-year. That is because the loan principal balance is paid off twice as slowly than the 15...

November 8th, 2018 | Interest Rates, Mortgage Basics, Loan Programs, 30-Year Mortgages vs 15-Year Mortgages

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

In the past decade, reverse mortgages have gained a lot of traction as a retirement tool. And yet, many people still do not understand reverse mortgages or their purpose. If you are one of those people, here’s what you need to know:   What Is It? A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows homeowners to use the equity in their home without having to make monthly repayments. While there are some risks and downsides, using a reverse mortgage can be a helpful financial strategy for seniors.   How Does It Work? After being approved, the borrower gets either a lump sum fr...

October 24th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, Retirement, Loan Programs, What is a Reverse Mortgage?

How to Save for Your House Down Payment

Buying a home is a big step in life and a significant commitment. Most of us will need to secure financing, working with a Utah mortgage broker, to purchase a new home. For this step, a majority of programs require a down payment. A down payment for a home loan is the amount, in percentage, that you need to pay towards the total price of your desired home. With the right planning and realistic expectations, you can have the money you need for the down payment on for your new home.   Planning for Your House Down Payment The planning stage of the home buying process st...

October 23rd, 2018 | First-time Homebuyers, Home Buying or Selling, Loan Programs, How to Save for Your House Down Payment