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What questions should I ask a mortgage lender in Bethlehem ? If you’re dealing with a mortgage broker there’s some questions that you should ask both on your first meeting with the mortgage broker and throughout working with your mortgage broker to make sure that you’re getting the best service possible.

USDALoanInfoPA is going to go through 10 different questions that you can ask your mortgage lender in Bethlehem. Be aware that your USDA Loan or Mortgage broker  will be getting the loan that you need and the service that you want.

The first question that I think everyone should ask a mortgage broker is a pretty straightforward one.

How Much Will a Mortgage Broker Cost?

Most mortgage lenders in Bethlehem actually work for free.

So it doesn’t actually cost you anything in order to do it.

They get money because they are paid by the banks when you successfully get a loan.

So they get a small commission of the loan that you apply for and if you get it.

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So most mortgage brokers in Bethlehem will work for free and it won’t cost you anything.

However, there are some mortgage brokers out there who do require deposits or who do require you to pay.

So, it’s important to ask, “How much will this cost me?” when assessing which mortgage broker you want to go with.

How much do Mortgage Lenders earn in commission from me and from my loan?

This is less to understand exactly how much they make.

You can see what percentage of commissions they make and things like that by visiting USDALoanInfo.

But it’s more to understand whether or not they’ll be willing to give you this information.

A transparent mortgage broker is someone that’d be willing to give you this information and you know that they have your best interest at heart.

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If they skirt around this issue and they don’t tell you how much they earn.

Well then that would send out red flags for me because I can’t trust them to put my best interest at heart because there are some circumstances where one loan will earn them more money than a loan that could potentially be better for me but not as good for them.

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So, I’m just trying to establish whether or not this mortgage broker in Bethlehem is someone that I can trust.

And by asking them the big question, the money question,”How much will you earn from me?” That’s a great way to understand whether or not you can trust the mortgage lender.

So ask that question and see how they respond.

Do Mortgage Lenders Invest Themselves?

Now, I don’t think a mortgage broker has to be a property investor in order for them to be able to get you a good loan and for them to help you successfully invest in property.

However, if they are interested in property in Bethlehem, if they do invest themselves, then that is going to go a long way to help you because they understand what it’s like to be in your shoes.

They understand what you’re trying to get out of this and they’ve done it themselves so they can help you miss some of the pitfalls and things like that.

If they don’t invest themselves, then I would want to ask them, “Have you worked with many people that invest in property?” Because as mortgage brokers, some of them just work with people who are buying their own home.

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Some of the mortgage lender folk who work with people who are doing particular investment strategies.

So, some might work with people who invest in positive cash flow property or who invest in rural areas, who invest using developments.

Ben LillistonBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingJan 2In August 2016, the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency quietly announced a major change regarding its loan program for medium-sized Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The agency would no longer require an environmental review under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) prior to the approval of such loans. Nor would neighboring farmers, rural residents or local government officials have notice that such an operation was being built until construction began. The agency gave no reasoned justification for the decision despite the high stakes for community members, clean air and water, and the climate.This week, IATP joined seven other family farm, sustainable agriculture and citizen organizations in filing suit against the USDA, charging that the decision violated requirements under NEPA and the Administrative Procedures Act by depriving the public of the opportunity to comment on the proposed change.NEPA is one of the nation’s most important environmental laws. It requires environmental review for any government funding actions, which entails looking at the impact both directly from the action and also the cumulative effects. For example, the location of numerous CAFOs within a watershed that passes through multiple states should be assessed for their cumulative impact. NEPA also applies to climate impacts, as a federal judge noted recently in blocking the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. NEPA applies to all federal agencies and to many types of federal actions, from permits to loans.This USDA decision, made during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration, came as rural communities around the country are increasingly experiencing and fighting back against the harmful environmental and health impacts of these industrial CAFOs. In California, San Joaquin Valley communities are opposing air and water pollution from mega-dairies. In Iowa, groups are calling for a moratorium on new operations until water quality issues are addressed. In North Carolina, environmental justice groups are pushing back against the water, air and quality of life problems associated with the high concentration of hog and poultry CAFOs. These are mostly in African American, rural counties and are worsened by manure lagoon spills caused by two recent hurricanes.CAFOs are considered a major source of air pollution. Waste from cow (beef and dairy) and hog CAFOs collect in manure lagoons, often open and uncovered, and release gases into the environment. The smell from the manure lagoons decreases the quality of life for surrounding communities. In addition, the liquid manure is often sprayed onto nearby fields, causing additional emissions, odor and particulate drift to surrounding communities. CAFOs emit a variety of air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, nitrous oxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. These pollutants can lead to health problems, particularly for children and the elderly, including respiratory illnesses; irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; anxiety and depression; memory loss; and heart disease.But these operations are more than just a threat to their neighboring communities — they are also a threat to the climate. The enormous amounts of manure produce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions like methane (20 times more potent that carbon dioxide) and nitrous oxide (300 times more potent). Methane is produced through the digestive process of ruminants (primarily beef and dairy cows in the U.S.) and nitrous oxide is produced through the decomposition of liquified manure. The EPA saysthat U.S. GHGs from agriculture have grown by approximately 17 percent since 1990, with the main driver being the 68 percent rise in emissions from livestock manure.These CAFOs operate on contract and are often owned, run or controlled by large, often global, meat and dairy corporations. For example, a recent FSA loan outlined in the lawsuit went to expand a hog CAFO in Wells County, Indiana, that was built to supply the Brazilian meat giant JBS. A turkey CAFO in Martin County, Indiana, received a loan to supply poultry giant Perdue. These corporate beneficiaries are a major source of global GHGs, according to a report by IATP and GRAIN released earlier this year.The FSA’s decision to exempt mid-sized CAFOs from environmental review is not minor. Medium-sized CAFOs can hold as many as 699 dairy cows, 999 cattle, 2,499 hogs, 54,999 turkeys or 124,999 chickens. FSA records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that since the rule change, FSA provided at least 130 direct loans over $100,000 or guaranteed (government-backed) loans over $300,000 to animal agriculture facilities in the state of Indiana alone. For more than 100 of those loans, FSA did not conduct an environmental assessment, according to the lawsuit. FSA determined, without justification, that environmental assessments were not needed for loans to CAFO operations in Arkansas, Indiana, New York or Iowa.These large-scale industrial animal operations are propped up by government policy and subsidies in a variety of ways — from Farm Bill programs that subsidize cheap animal feed production and manure management, to exemptions from reporting air emissions. The expansion of the CAFO model has led to massive overproduction, lower prices for producers and relentless pressure to continually increase exports for the global meat and dairy companies.Many CAFOs around the country would not exist without FSA loan support. The use of public money should reflect the public good. Public investments in the CAFO model of production have come at the expense of support for independent farmers and ranchers who are protecting rural waterways, air and the climate. Providing a full accounting of possible environmental risks, including potential climate impacts, should be a minimum standard before any public resources are invested.

So I would want to find a mortgage broker who either had that experience themselves or who had clients that they had got similar deals for ’cause that way I know that they can negotiate on my behalf and they can get this deal across the line.

What details do Lenders need from me?

It’s one thing to call up a mortgage broker and just to get an estimate of your borrowing capacity but if you’re going through pre-approval and stuff like that, then you’re going to need to provide the mortgage broker with more in-depth details.

You might need pay slips; you might need proof of identity, all of that sort of stuff.

If you ask them up front, “What details do you need from me?” And when you go to your meeting with them you actually provide them with those details, well that just makes things so much easier.

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Remember, a mortgage lender is only paid once the deal goes through and once you actually get financing.

So the easier you make it for them, the more likely you are going to get better service.

What can I do as a client to make this go as smoothly as possible?

You have the goal of getting financed for your property, the mortgage lender has a goal of you getting financed for your property and no one wants it to be difficult.

And so, if you can ask the mortgage broker, “Look, how can I work with you? How can I make things easy for you?” They’re the experts; they know what they’re doing.

They can tell you exactly what they need and then you can work hard to provide that for them so that they can get everything across the line as quickly as possible.

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You know, I have customers,I deal with customers and even though I’m not a mortgage broker myself, I know that when there’s difficult customers that you don’t want to deal with, it just makes life so much harder and you don’t want to work hard for those people.

And when there’s customers who are really nice to you and who try really hard to help you provide them with the service you provide, you will bend over backwards to do anything you can for those customers to get them across the line, to help them as much as possible.

So, be one of those customers that the mortgage broker wants to bend over backwards to help you because you have their interest at heart as well.

You want to see them get paid.

You want to see them do an easy mortgage so they get paid easily.

And so you can develop a relationship into the future.

Which lenders can I borrow the most from?

Most people go into a mortgage broker looking for the cheapest interest rate possible.

What is the cheapest interest rate I can get? And the fact of the matter is a mortgage broker is likely to show you the banks that will lend you the amount of money you need and will also have the cheapest interest rate as well.

However, they might not showy ou banks that will lend you more money than you potentially need at the moment.

Now, it’s important to ask, “Which lenders can I borrow the most from?” because this will help you to project into the future.

Maybe you don’t need to know that for this loan right now but maybe, in the future, you might need to borrow money again and you know, or roughly my borrowing capacity is this.

Or if you find out which lenders you can borrow more from, and you find that you can actually borrow an extra $300,000, well you might split up your deposit and invest in two investment properties instead of just one.

And so asking them, “Which lenders can I borrow the most from?” is a great question to ask to really understand your position.

Because, yes, interest rate is important but how much you can borrow is also important as well.

Can I see a full list of my borrowing options?

Most mortgage brokers will provide you with, usually, like a top three or sometimes only a top one.

And I always like to think, “Can I see a full list of my borrowing options?”Again, this is less to say you want to go through all of this in minute detail and see.

You’re probably going to still choose from one of the top three ones.

But you just want to see that they’re giving you the full amount of information.

And most mortgage brokers are good people but there are some dodgy mortgage brokers out there who are just trying to get the deal that gives them the biggest commission.

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And so by asking to see a full list of what your borrowing options, you can then look at that and you can then assess, “Okay, well which loan do I think is going to be best for me?” rather than just taking the recommendation of the mortgage broker who may or may not be thinking about themselves.

So, again, most mortgage brokers are great people out there to help you but it’s always a good idea to get a full list of your borrowing options that are available.

Will this put a mark against my credit file?

And so this is when you’re trying to work out how much you’re going to borrow and stuff like that.

When you go into a bank and you try and find out how much you can borrow, often, the bank will do a credit check and this puts a mark against your credit file.

And what happens is if you have a lot of these marks against your credit file, even though it’s nothing bad, this can actually stop you getting a loan.

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So, talk to your mortgage broker and when you’re looking at, “What can I borrow?”or your looking at getting pre-approval, just understand, “Will this put a mark against my credit file?” ‘Cause it’s not bad to have a couple or whatever.

But if you’re getting lots and lots of marks against your credit file, then that could be an issue.

So just make sure and you know when a mark’s being put against your credit file and when a mark isn’t being put against your credit file.

How soon can I revalue or borrow again?

So if you’re investing in a property to renovate it or to develop it or even if you’re investing in a property that’s potentially under market value, you want to know how quickly can you revalue that property so you can get equity and then hopefully draw equity out of the property to go ahead and invest again.

There are a lot of lenders out there who don’t allow you to revalue within a 12-month period.

So, speak to your mortgage broker about the lenders that will allow you to revalue faster.

And basically, this will give you an idea of how quickly you can revalue to consider going again.

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You’re also going to want to ask them, “After I invest in this property, how soon can I borrow again or what do I need to do to put myself in a position to be able to borrow again and to purchase the next property?” Because hopefully, your goal isn’t just to purchase one property but to grow your property portfolio and to achieve that financial freedom and that financial security that you’re striving for.

Will My Loans be ‘cross-collateralised’?

Now, I have heard a lot of stories about investors whose loans have been cross-collateralised and it’s cause major problems when they’ve gone and sold their property because the bank shave been able to take that money and pay off debt.

And basically, you want to avoid this at all costs from what I hear.

And so, it’s good to ask your mortgage broker, “Will my loans be cross-collateralised in any way?” Generally going with the same lender for two loans does it by default, even though it doesn’t say they’re cross-collateralised.

So, it’s just something that you want to look at the fine print, you want to understand, “Are these cross-collateralised?” And if they are, try and avoid it, try and get loans that aren’t going to be cross-collateralised.

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So there you have some questions to ask your mortgage broker next time you go and see a broker to find out how much you can borrow or get pre-approval or get financed for another property.

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Ben LillistonBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingJan 2In August 2016, the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency quietly announced a major change regarding its loan program for medium-sized Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The agency would no longer require an environmental review under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) prior to the approval of such loans. Nor would neighboring farmers, rural residents or local government officials have notice that such an operation was being built until construction began. The agency gave no reasoned justification for the decision despite the high stakes for community members, clean air and water, and the climate.This week, IATP joined seven other family farm, sustainable agriculture and citizen organizations in filing suit against the USDA, charging that the decision violated requirements under NEPA and the Administrative Procedures Act by depriving the public of the opportunity to comment on the proposed change.NEPA is one of the nation’s most important environmental laws. It requires environmental review for any government funding actions, which entails looking at the impact both directly from the action and also the cumulative effects. For example, the location of numerous CAFOs within a watershed that passes through multiple states should be assessed for their cumulative impact. NEPA also applies to climate impacts, as a federal judge noted recently in blocking the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. NEPA applies to all federal agencies and to many types of federal actions, from permits to loans.This USDA decision, made during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration, came as rural communities around the country are increasingly experiencing and fighting back against the harmful environmental and health impacts of these industrial CAFOs. In California, San Joaquin Valley communities are opposing air and water pollution from mega-dairies. In Iowa, groups are calling for a moratorium on new operations until water quality issues are addressed. In North Carolina, environmental justice groups are pushing back against the water, air and quality of life problems associated with the high concentration of hog and poultry CAFOs. These are mostly in African American, rural counties and are worsened by manure lagoon spills caused by two recent hurricanes.CAFOs are considered a major source of air pollution. Waste from cow (beef and dairy) and hog CAFOs collect in manure lagoons, often open and uncovered, and release gases into the environment. The smell from the manure lagoons decreases the quality of life for surrounding communities. In addition, the liquid manure is often sprayed onto nearby fields, causing additional emissions, odor and particulate drift to surrounding communities. CAFOs emit a variety of air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, nitrous oxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. These pollutants can lead to health problems, particularly for children and the elderly, including respiratory illnesses; irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; anxiety and depression; memory loss; and heart disease.But these operations are more than just a threat to their neighboring communities — they are also a threat to the climate. The enormous amounts of manure produce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions like methane (20 times more potent that carbon dioxide) and nitrous oxide (300 times more potent). Methane is produced through the digestive process of ruminants (primarily beef and dairy cows in the U.S.) and nitrous oxide is produced through the decomposition of liquified manure. The EPA saysthat U.S. GHGs from agriculture have grown by approximately 17 percent since 1990, with the main driver being the 68 percent rise in emissions from livestock manure.These CAFOs operate on contract and are often owned, run or controlled by large, often global, meat and dairy corporations. For example, a recent FSA loan outlined in the lawsuit went to expand a hog CAFO in Wells County, Indiana, that was built to supply the Brazilian meat giant JBS. A turkey CAFO in Martin County, Indiana, received a loan to supply poultry giant Perdue. These corporate beneficiaries are a major source of global GHGs, according to a report by IATP and GRAIN released earlier this year.The FSA’s decision to exempt mid-sized CAFOs from environmental review is not minor. Medium-sized CAFOs can hold as many as 699 dairy cows, 999 cattle, 2,499 hogs, 54,999 turkeys or 124,999 chickens. FSA records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that since the rule change, FSA provided at least 130 direct loans over $100,000 or guaranteed (government-backed) loans over $300,000 to animal agriculture facilities in the state of Indiana alone. For more than 100 of those loans, FSA did not conduct an environmental assessment, according to the lawsuit. FSA determined, without justification, that environmental assessments were not needed for loans to CAFO operations in Arkansas, Indiana, New York or Iowa.These large-scale industrial animal operations are propped up by government policy and subsidies in a variety of ways — from Farm Bill programs that subsidize cheap animal feed production and manure management, to exemptions from reporting air emissions. The expansion of the CAFO model has led to massive overproduction, lower prices for producers and relentless pressure to continually increase exports for the global meat and dairy companies.Many CAFOs around the country would not exist without FSA loan support. The use of public money should reflect the public good. Public investments in the CAFO model of production have come at the expense of support for independent farmers and ranchers who are protecting rural waterways, air and the climate. Providing a full accounting of possible environmental risks, including potential climate impacts, should be a minimum standard before any public resources are invested.

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Hedge funds and private equity firms are investment companies set up by Wall Street investment banks and funded by wealthy individuals and cash rich corporate entities. Unlike standard, publicly traded mutual funds, hedge funds are largely unregulated and have much more leeway in their investment choices. Many of these funds have recognized the opportunity that's emerged in commercial real estate lending, and have stepped in to fill the funding gap. The money managers in charge of these massive pools of capital are savvy investing pros, they know a good deal when they see it and can be very nimble. Hedge funds and private equity funds are not afraid of risk; in fact they thrive on it. If they like a deal, they make decisions quickly and can close loan or equity financing in just days.There are many private funds that specialize in commercial real estate investing or have a commercial mortgage lending division. They are cash rich and actively seeking quality deals to fund. They can be an excellent alternative to banks and other traditional lenders. But, be aware, they are very professional and highly sophisticated. Do not approach hedge funds with shoddy or incomplete packages. They're pros and work exclusively with other pros.Hedge fund and private equity people have a Wall Street mentality; they are traders art heart. When they look at a deal they want to be able to make decisions quickly.When approaching a fund you'll want to have a complete, well documented package ready to show them at a moments notice, but don't give it to them all at once. Having worked for Wall Street firms for more than 20 years, I've determined that the best way to approach money mangers is with a concise, well written 1 page deal summary.Sum-up the selling points of your deal on a single sheet of paper, stressing the profit potential, the investors level of experience, the strength of the location and some of the other strong points of the project. They'll appreciate the fact that you respected their time by being brief. If they like what they see they will ask for more. Give them precisely what they ask for; don't bog them down with documentation until they tell you they want to see it. Sell them the big story before you try to sell them the details.If you want to secure funding from a big private equity shop or a hedge fund, I'd strongly suggest you utilize the services of a professional intermediary with Wall Street experience. They can speak the language of fund managers and know exactly what's important to highlight about a particular deal. These funds tend to operate like private clubs, it helps a-lot if you have an "in". If you are fortunate enough to develop a relationship with this unique type of lender, you will enjoy a seemingly endless source of capital.

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