Buyer's Guide
Lansing Area Real Estate
Mortgage Information for Consumers
Avoiding Home Equity Scams 
You could lose your home and your money if you borrow from unscrupulous lenders who offer you a high-cost loan based on the equity you have in your home. Certain lenders target homeowners who are elderly or who have low incomes or credit problems ó and then try to take advantage of them by using deceptive practices.
Consumer Guide to Mortgage Lock-Ins 
Lock-ins on rates and points might offer you a way to ensure that what you shop for is what you get.
This brochure explains what these arrangements mean.
Consumer Guide to Mortgage Settlement Costs 
Mortgage settlement costs can be confusing. A settlement may involve several people and many documents and fees. This information will help you understand all that is involved.
Guide to Residential Home Buying  
A guide that will take your client through financing options and help them determine how much they can afford and what to expect at closing. Provided by 3/5 bank.
Guide to Residential Construction Lending
There is a lot to keep in mind: financing, insurance, contractor references, inspections and more. This guide will provide many of the answers your client may need. Provided by 3/5 bank.
Looking for the Best Mortgage 
Shopping around for a home loan or mortgage will help you to get the best financing deal. A mortgage--whether itís a home purchase, a refinancing, or a home equity loan--is a product, just like a car, so the price and terms may be negotiable.
Secret methods that drive up the cost of your home purchase or refinance
There are an enormous amount of fees associated with doing a loan. Most of them are fees that the loan officer and mortgage company cannot control, and are a part of every loan. In the case of the rest of the loan fees, the loan officer is in complete control of how much they will make off of a loan. Unfortunately, the typical consumer is unaware of these costs because they are hidden (legally so) in the loan paperwork and closing documents.
This website has several features that will help a client to avoid becoming a victim of mortgage fraud or abusive lending.
Understanding the Home Mortgage Process 
Pamphlet put out by the Federal Reserve that gives a good explanation of the mortgage process.
What You Should Know About a Home Equity Line of Credit 
If you are in the market for credit, a home equity plan may be right for you. Or perhaps another form of credit
would be better. Before making a decision, you should weigh carefully the costs of a home equity line against the benefits. Shop for the credit terms that best meet your borrowing needs without posing undue financial

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