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Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 15, 2015 11:27AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 216

Good Morning all,

My wife and I are looking to buy a house and wanted to hear from others on their experiences with different mortgage companies. Which one did you choose and why? How was the approval and closing process for you? How is the customer service? Any advice or experiences you can offer will be greatly appreciated.


Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 15, 2015 12:24PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 239

Ooooooooo! Interested in the responses to this as well!

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 15, 2015 01:47PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 89

Brice McLaughlin / First Liberty / 340-774-1101x24 /

Have used him twice and have been very satisfied both times.

Good luck!

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 15, 2015 03:20PM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 929

My advice to anyone contemplating purchasing property is to have an extraordinary amount of patience, and a bit of perseverance.

I've had two notes with Firstbank. First was for land, no problem, about 3mths to close. Second was for a house. After nearly 6 months, two days before closing, an easement issue cropped up that delayed things for another 6 months. Not strictly the banks issue at all. The mortgage processing folks were ok to work with.

Like I said - patience, patience, and more patience.

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 15, 2015 03:57PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 45

First Liberty for sure. We got an approval in under two weeks and rates are very competitive. We used Rick O'Bymachow, 340-774-1101. Great guy.

This was for a STT property.

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 16, 2015 08:22AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 190

I went thru 1 First Bank and it was very painful and long
Even after we closed and signed everything, 2 months later they would send me revised documents because they had made a error on the originals
Then dealing with PR....If you do not speak Spanish it does not go well
Their customer service is zero.
Last October they sent me a notice that they did not have a copy of my renewed insurance... a copy was sent by the agent to them when I renewed
So I scanned and emailed a copy then asked for a acknowledgement that they had received the copy.....I asked 5 times + called and still no answer.
I would not use 1 First again

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 16, 2015 09:20AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 216

Thanks for all the advice. I have talked to Schaeffer and First Liberty so far. Want to talk to a couple others maybe before making a decision.

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 16, 2015 12:23PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 643

I have used and recommend:

Michael E. Armendariz
Capital Mortgage Services
NMLS # 396821
340-773-8100 office
877-262-3273 TOLL FREE

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 16, 2015 03:14PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,900

I second Michael Armadariz. Our house was incomplete when we bought it and other lenders said no. Capital Mortgage is based out of Lubbock Texas. They were great getting the mortgage and doing a recent refi..

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 16, 2015 03:41PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 446

Nathan Steiner at flagstar bank. 313-570-3121. He accommodated our requests, let us select the attorney to represent the bank, and the title company (don't know if there are still several handling stx though), and was flexible on the paperwork requirements, satisfied with whatever the title company would accept. Called several years later and asked us if we wanted to refi when the new programs came out and we could drop our rate, and there was minimal documentation for us to provide at that point. Was an investment property, and they can often be a difficult thing to finance, but not with him.

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 16, 2015 10:59PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 93

+1 for Rich O'Bymachow at First Liberty, as stated above great guy and very professional.
-1 for Michael Armadariz - I ordered an appraisal through him for a property we were buying, he turned the appraisal over to the sellers without asking me for permission and BEFORE I had a chance to see it. Unethical!

Re: Advice from homeowners with a mortgage

January 20, 2015 10:11AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,285

Stay away from ScotiaBank. They really suck.

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