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Looking to Buy or Refinance Your Home? Here's What You Need to Know.


Looking to Buy or Refinance Your Home? Here's What You  Need to Know.

Looking to buy a house? Or perhaps you're already a home owner, but have you thought about looking into refinancing your home to save money? Mortgage rates are extremely low right now and so buying or refiancing may be something worth looking into, if you're able. Here's what you need to know about each process.

Buying a Home

Buying a house is an exciting milestone in life, one that comes with great responsibility. The good news is that the mortgage loan process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. At FCCU, we can help make this big purchase, seem a little bit easier, allowing you to enjoy the excitement you should be feeling. Before you buy your home, here’s a look at what you can expect for our mortgage loan process:

1. Meet with your Loan Officer
Meet with a Mortgage Loan Specialist at First Community Credit Union to begin the prequalification process. You can complete an application in person or through the comfort of your own home at

2. Gather all Required Documentation
Check with your Loan Officer for a check list of documents you will need and begin to look for your home, if you haven’t already done so already. Once a home has been selected, submit the purchase agreement to your Loan Officer as soon as possible. Begin to start shopping around for homeowner’s insurance.

3. Review Loan Disclosures from First Community Credit Union
FCCU orders your home appraisal, locks in your interest rate and produces your initial loan disclosures. Note that applicant is responsible for appraisal cost.

4. Submission to Processing
Once loan disclosures have been signed and required documentation is received, your mortgage loan file is sent to our processing department for review. Title work is typically ordered at this time and the borrower needs to obtain homeowner’s insurance.

5. Submission to Underwriting
All documentation is submitted to the Underwriter for final review. Any additional items that may be needed for your loan file will be requested at this time. Upon approval, processing will work with a closing/title agent to provide a preliminary closing disclosure. This document will show you how much you will be responsible to bring to the loan closing, as well as break down your monthly payment and include an itemized list of your closing costs.

6. Sign Final Documents
Loan documents are sent to the title company for your loan closing. You may need to bring funds for the down payment and closing costs at this time.

7. Welcome Home!
It’s time to enjoy your new home.



If you're already a home owner, something to consider would be refinancing your home. By refinancing and locking in a better rate on your loan, you could reduce your monthly payment and save thousands of dollars in interest on the life of your mortgage.

A lower interest rate also could allow you to build equity in your home more quickly. If you're considering refinancing, your lender will run a copy of your credit report.

When you refinance, you close your existing mortgage and create a new one. The approval process to refinance is similar to the process of obtaining your original loan.

Our Mortgage Loan Officers will consider your income and debt, credit score, and other factors affecting your financial situation and look to improve your current mortgage rate, if possible.

If you’re on the fence about purchasing or refinancing your current home, we can help. Contact an FCCU Mortgage Loan officer near you today to find out more.

Loans subject to credit approval. This article is provided as a resource and is subject to change. Required information may vary depending on situation.