Century Bank offers a wide array of mortgage products that can fit the needs of most borrowers.

Products include:

100% Financing

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

FHA & RHS Loans

Construction Loans

 

1. What will I need to provide the loan officer when applying for a mortgage loan? Answer
2. What is a residential mortgage? Answer
3. How do I know how much house I can afford? Answer
4. What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan? Answer
5. How is an index and margin used in an ARM loan? Answer
6. How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me? Answer
7. What does my mortgage payment include? Answer
8. How much cash will I need to purchase a home? Answer

Q : What will I need to provide the loan officer when applying for a mortgage loan?
A : For each borrower we will need the following:  1.)  2 most recent pay stubs; 2.)  Most recent bank statement(s); 3.)  Most recent tax return if self employed; 4.)  Sales contract, if purchase transaction; 5.)  Deed and homeowner's insurance information if refinance.
 
Q : What is a residential mortgage?
A : A residential mortgage is a lien filed on your 1-4 unit primary residence or investment property.
 
Q : How do I know how much house I can afford?
A : Generally speaking, you can purchase a home with a value of two or three times your annual household income. However, the amount that you can borrow will also depend upon your employment history, credit history, current savings and debts, and the amount of down payment you are willing to make. You may also be able to take advantage of special loan programs for first time buyers to purchase a home with a higher value. Give us a call, and we can help you determine exactly how much you can afford.
 
Q : What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan?
A : With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate stays the same during the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest changes periodically, typically in relation to an index. While the monthly payments that you make with a fixed-rate mortgage are relatively stable, payments on an ARM loan will likely change. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of mortgage, and the best way to select a loan product is talking to one of our loan officers.
 
Q : How is an index and margin used in an ARM loan?
A : An index is an economic indicator that lenders use to set the interest rate for an ARM. Generally the interest rate that you pay is a combination of the index rate and a pre-specified margin. The most commonly used indices are the Wall Street Journal Prime,  One-Year Treasury Bill, the Cost of Funds of the 11th District Federal Home Loan Bank (COFI), and the London InterBank Offering Rate (LIBOR).
 
Q : How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me?
A : There is no simple formula to determine the type of mortgage that is best for you. This choice depends on a number of factors, including your current financial picture and how long you intend to keep your house. Cetury Bank can help you evaluate your choices and help you make the most appropriate decision.
 
Q : What does my mortgage payment include?
A : For most homeowners, the monthly mortgage payments include three separate parts:
  • Principal: Repayment on the amount borrowed
  • Interest: Payment to the lender for the amount borrowed
  • Taxes & Insurance: Monthly payments are normally made into a special escrow account for items like hazard insurance and property taxes. This feature is sometimes optional, if unavailable, you would be required to paid the billed amount directly.
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    Q : How much cash will I need to purchase a home?
    A : The amount of cash that is necessary depends on a number of items. Generally speaking, though, you will need:
  • Earnest Money: The deposit that is supplied when you make an offer on the house
  • Down Payment: A percentage of the cost of the home that is due at settlement
  • Closing Costs: Costs associated with processing paperwork to purchase or refinance a house
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