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    Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Anyone have any? We're looking to buy a new house, and want to go with the best lender we can, preferably one that will not sell our loan to Citimortgage. Maybe that's asking too much. Our current mortgage was initiated with a local bank, but they immediately sold it, which I understand is common practice, but, I've not been impressed with Citimortgage at all. Just looking for some recommendations.


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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Most banks, even local ones, will sell their mortgages. You need to ask them directly if they keep it "in-house".

    In that vein, the mortgage lender you use doesn't really matter. Joe Smith can't "get you a better rate" than Bob Jones. They all have the same rates so just go with whoever you like better. We bought ours through Countrywide and then refinances with a one-branch local bank who ended up selling it. 98K left!!



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Will a bigger bank, like Wells Fargo, be as likely to sell off your mortgage?


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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    Will a bigger bank, like Wells Fargo, be as likely to sell off your mortgage?
    Wells holds a good chunk of theirs and buys even more. They're one of the biggest servicers of home mortgages if I'm not mistaken.



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    First National Bank of Ames has been good to me. They'll sell your loan to Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation which is in Johnston. I've never had any issues with IBMC.



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    Most banks, even local ones, will sell their mortgages. You need to ask them directly if they keep it "in-house".

    In that vein, the mortgage lender you use doesn't really matter. Joe Smith can't "get you a better rate" than Bob Jones. They all have the same rates so just go with whoever you like better. We bought ours through Countrywide and then refinances with a one-branch local bank who ended up selling it. 98K left!!
    I know that most sell their mortgages. I just was asking specifically about Citimortgage, as that is who currently use, and I am not a fan.


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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Avoid Wells Fargo if you can. We went through them in Ames and it was a horrible experience. In most cases you aren't going to see a huge difference in rates, but the difference lies in how well they handle the process. In my experience, credit unions will generally go out of their way to help make things easy for you and explain the process. When we went through WF, they just told us to sign and initial without really going through the paperwork. We were constantly having to call and make sure things happened like the appraisal (which in the end didn't by the closing date).

    While this may be just one bad agent, we were so turned off with them that we just didn't want to deal with them again

    Once the loan is setup, I've never understood why it matters if they end up selling it. Just setup an automatic payment and you really don't have to deal with them again for 15-30 years.



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Thanks, all. This is really great info.


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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    I would recommend First National as well.

    My wife and I just moved back to Ames and bought a house after six years outside our lovely state. First National seems to be the most responsive to client's needs and seems to have a quicker / less burdensome underwriting process. I would recommend them.

    Full disclosure: we didn't use First National for our mortgage, but somewhat wish we did now. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend the loan officer we used at the other bank, but I am led to believe after dealing with First National on multiple occasions to assist my clients that they have a less burdensome underwriting process and have a more streamlined approach. It's not the loan officer's fault; I just get the impression his bank handcuffs him.


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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    Avoid Wells Fargo if you can. We went through them in Ames and it was a horrible experience. In most cases you aren't going to see a huge difference in rates, but the difference lies in how well they handle the process. In my experience, credit unions will generally go out of their way to help make things easy for you and explain the process. When we went through WF, they just told us to sign and initial without really going through the paperwork. We were constantly having to call and make sure things happened like the appraisal (which in the end didn't by the closing date).

    While this may be just one bad agent, we were so turned off with them that we just didn't want to deal with them again

    Once the loan is setup, I've never understood why it matters if they end up selling it. Just setup an automatic payment and you really don't have to deal with them again for 15-30 years.
    Interesting. I just refinanced with WF and had a good experience. They did my original mortgage as well.



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    Any lenders at Ames WF to avoid, in particular, and ones that are good?


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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    I think it really depends on what you need/expect. For us, we needed a mortgage loan and that's it. Since we refinanced two years ago I have made zero calls to the lender. What does "service" have to do with it? What exactly do people do that needs servicing?



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    I just bought a house in Ames. My mortgage was initially with Great Western, which provided the best terms overall: 15 year fixed at 2.65% with lower fees than average.

    It's been sold to Fannie Mae and will be serviced by some org in Arkansas. Don't really care about that since I don't expect to need them to do anything but accept my money. I don't expect to refinance since that's about as low as it can go.



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    Re: Ames area mortgage lender recommendations

    I'd recommend First National as well.



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    Thanks again, guys!


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