The share of purchase loans originated in March climbed to 63 percent of all originations from 57 percent in February. Ellie Mae's Origination Insight Report for the month noted that this was the highest share for purchase mortgages since July read more
Sales of existing homes roared back in March after suffering an unexpected setback in February. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said sales of existing single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums, and cooperative apartments were at a s read more
There are bad days, and worse days, and there are days like Ocwen Financial Corporation (OFC) had on Thursday. The company was not only sued on multiple grounds by both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the State of Florida, but sa read more
Calling the reform of the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "the last piece of unfinished business from the 2008 financial crisis" the Mortgage Bankers Association today presented its proposal for the future read more
Fannie Mae has moved its projected timeline for further Federal Reserve price hikes forward by several months. The company's Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group points to an increase in the Fed's favored measure of inflation, the read more
Despite a slight uptick in applications for refinancing, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports a downturn in overall application volume during the week ended April 14. MBA said that its Market Composite Index, a measure of that volume, decl read more
The housing inventory, or lack of it, dominates Freddie Mac's Outlook for April. The company's Economic and Housing Research team says the supply of for-sale houses, especially starter homes, is at its lowest level in over ten years. This read more
Once again, the pace of both residential construction permits and housing starts reversed direction, repeating, in March, the up and down pattern that has persisted for months. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Developme read more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inviting comment periods on changes to its Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting rule. CFPB Director Richard Cordray said the proposed changes are designed to facilitate compliance with its read more
“Hi Josh, First Rate was such a pleasure to work with during the refinance of my home mortgage. Josh, you were always pleasant each time there was a question about completing the process. There was no apparent stress involved in getting the paper work done. Thank you for being such a gentleman.
– Elizabeth Peveto
“My wife and I worked with First Rate Financial to secure a mortgage in June under a very compressed time schedule. We were leaving on vacation overseas and we had to complete our application and all the required supporting documentation in less than 10 days. They were extremely helpful in guiding us through this process and working with both the lender and the title company to make sure we had the correct information in a timely fashion. With their help, we were able to complete the application on time before our trip and by the time we returned the loan was already approved. We are very grateful for their professionalism and dedication and we will certainly refer our friends”
– Sanaa and Said Azim
“Couldn’t be more pleased with Chad & First Rate Financial!”
– Jere & David Medina
“Buying a home can be a daunting process, I am familiar with some of the complexities of the process – dealing with underwriters is no easy task. Add in multiple different deals, many, often conflicting, voices, and one can struggle to keep afloat. Patrick Pitts juggles all of these things with a finesse and talent that would put the Barnum Brothers to shame. While many people complain that it is impossible to contact their loan officer, Patrick will take a call at any time and talk down even the most petrified buyer. I have complete faith in Patrick, and I have no inhibitions about giving him my stamp of approval. While mortgage loan officers seem to be dime a dozen these days, Patrick is one in a million!””
– Michael Wellner
“Patrick Pitts from First Rate Financial made our mortgage refinancing seamless. It was simple, easy and hassle free! Patrick kept the communication open. He was available ANY given time to answer ANY questions that my wife and I had. He patiently went over the Good Faith Estimate line by line with my wife and I to ensure we completely understand what those numbers were. It was EXTREMELY pleasant working with Patrick. What my wife and I love the most about Patrick and First Rate Financial is that we CAN close our loan at our own comfort home and at a time that we chose for our convenience. How about that! I referred Patrick to one of my co-workers and he experienced and felt the same way about Patrick and a great company call FIRST RATE FINANCIAL. Once again we want to say THANK YOU Patrick and First Rate Financial for a remarkable experience!”
– Jill and Jay Luong
“I had a not-so-good experience with the company that financed my first house. Jason, at First Rate Financial, came highly recommended from a friend. He was able to get me pre-qualified in no time! He explained everything to me so that I clearly knew the process and had realistic expectations for each phase of the process. Finally, the day came when I found my house. I called Jason and he took the time to walk me through the next steps. When it came time to lock in my rate, Jason got me the most competitive rate at the best price. His work put me in the best possible position to purchase my new home.”
– Ty Scott
“Please give First Rate Financial a call as you move forward with your home purchase. They may be able to help you find a good property and can definitely help you with financing.
First Rate helped us through a very complicated re-financing. Thanks.”
– John Thompson
“Chad Lemons at First Rate Financial helped us refinance our house. The experience was fantastic. Every expectation was exceeded and everything he said would happen, did happen. We got a great rate with no hassle, and the process was much faster than we thought possible.”
– Tom Ziglar
“Chad Lemons was a true blessing when he helped me refinance my mortgage. He was tireless, and even when it didn’t look like the loan would go through, he worked his miracles and not only got my loan approved in a timely manor but saved me several hundred dollars on my mortgage payment. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He is trustworthy, efficient and yes, even brilliant at tying up the loose ends to make a deal happen. In short, Chad Lemons is the man for the job!”
– Cindy Oates
“Chad, just a brief note to let you know how much Martha and I appreciate all the hard work you went through to enable us to refinance our home. We will certainly recommend you to our friends who are thinking about refinancing.
When we sell, you will be the one we will call.”
– Nelson and Martha Hensley
“Building a new home presented several challenges, but Chad Lemons at First Rate Financial made the financing aspect of it a cinch. Circumstances caused our loan scenario and needs to change after the pre-qualification stage and after construction had commenced, which gave us great concern. He worked with us diligently until we found the solution that worked best for us. His work ethic, attention to detail, and customer service set him apart from the rest during a process that can be very stressful and confusing to home buyers that have limited experience with it. And when it came to our closing, he had our paperwork done almost a week early and his diligence made the process go as smoothly as possible. In fact, our builder sent us an email commenting on how rare it was for a broker to be so easy to work with and to be so organized with everything. I hope to be in my new home for a while, but when it’s time to move, Chad will be the first person I call!”
– Blaine Banta
“I want to express my sincere thanks to First Rate Financial for the personal attention given to me during the recent refinance of my home. I had been told that refinancing would be a beast; however, working with you made the entire process seamless. So often you hear about scams and greed in the housing industry and you don’t know who you can trust.
I was shopping loans and thought I had found the perfect one. Low and behold you completed my loan documents, resulting in a mortgage that could not be matched by ANY lender, and the rest is history!
Words could never convey how much I appreciate your impeccable integrity, patience, and the level of professionalism exhibited by you while guiding me through every single step. The mortgage and finance knowledge that you imparted will be invaluable for years to come.
May you continually be blessed in all of your business endeavors as you work tirelessly to help so many others in the community as they embark upon home purchases and refinance.”
– Nancy B. Williamson
“My husband and I were completely satisfied with the efficient service we received from Chad. We had been working with another financial institution attempting to refinance our home for 4 months. We found out about Chad, and we had our refinance funded at a lower rate, with proceeds in hand, within 6 weeks!! We would recommend Chad to our friends, family and associates. Thanks so much Chad!”
– Karen and Mike Maguire
CURRENT RATES 04/04/2017 at 8:00 AM CST
*Based on loan amounts of $200,000+
*Subject to credit & income requirements
All conventional rates and APRs assume 80% financing on a $200,000 loan value with max loan of $417,000. Offers may terminate at any time without notice. Rate/APR calculated on a 365 day year with typical closing costs. Rates/APRs subject to change in closing costs and properties. All rates as of date posted on this website with 30 day lock period. Signed loan application required to lock rate. Rates may be higher for credit scores below 740 middle score. APR will change with loan amount and percentage of home being financed.