Mortgage Options to Get You Home

Like a home, mortgages aren’t one size fits all. We have different options to fit your goals and budget, and a Mortgage Consultant to walk you through it. We'll help you find the perfect loan for your home, whether that's a conventional fixed-rate mortgage, an adjustable-rate mortgage, or the low down payment Jump-Start Mortgage.

Whether you’re buying a new home or refinancing your current one, GOLD has the mortgage rates and products you need. All our home loans feature:

  • Competitive interest rates and fees
  • Flexible terms and down payments
  • Quick pre-approvals for better purchasing power
  • A dedicated Mortgage Consultant to guide you through the approval and closing process

Mortgage Options

Jump-Start Mortgage

GOLD's Jump-Start Mortgage is designed to get you home faster. 20% down is a hefty savings goal for many families, but the private mortgage insurance (PMI) that usually comes with a smaller down payment drives up your monthly payments. Our Jump-Start Mortgage requires just 10% down to avoid PMI.

Is 10% down still a stretch? We can lend you up to half of it is as a GOLD Personal Loan making your out of pocket down payment as low as 5%1

This isn't a program limited to first-time home buyers; it's for anyone dreaming of making that big move happen sooner. Sound like a good fit for you? Get in touch with our Mortgage Consultant and take the first step to make that dream come true: 1-800-641-5036.
 

Conventional Mortgages

Fixed-Rate Mortgage: The traditional 20% down payment and slightly lower interest rate of our traditional fixed-rate mortgage will save you money on your home over the life of the loan. A fixed rate means your payments will stay the same for the life of your loan with no surprises.

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)

Our adjustable-rate mortgage starts with an interest rate that is lower than that of a fixed-rate mortgage; it's then adjusted periodically during the term of the loan. If you're looking to move again or refinance in a few years, then this loan may be the best fit. Does an ARM still seem mysterious? We dug deep into how they work and why you might consider this mortgage type on the blog: "Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Pros and Cons." 

Get pre-approved and start house hunting. Call 1-800-641-5036 and let our experiencedMortgage Consultant walk you through the process and into the home you want. We have years of experience and know the real estate industry inside and out. 

 

Current Rate Chart


Rates Effective 09/03/2020

Conventional Mortgage Rate APR2
30 Years 3.000% 3.060%
20 Years 3.000% 3.085%
15 Years 2.750% 2.859%
10 Years 2.625% 2.784%
10/1 ARM 2.500% 2.710%

Jump-Start Mortgage Rate APR2
30 Years 3.375% 3.436%
20 Years 3.375% 3.461%
15 Years 3.125% 3.236%
10 Years 3.000% 3.161%


1Not all applicants will qualify for approval, based on credit review. Interest rates are subject to change at any time without notice. Minimum down payment of 5% + 5% in form of a GOLD Personal Loan, subject to credit review. No PMI for down payment of 10% or greater. Borrowers with down payment less than 10% will be subject to PMI. Cash out refinances are not eligible for the Jump-Start mortgage. Credit union eligibility and Membership are required prior to opening a loan. Offer can be canceled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Other fees, terms, and conditions may apply. See credit union for details. Equal housing opportunity. Federally insured by the NCUA. 2 Not all applicants will qualify for approval, based on credit review and collateral evaluation. Rates as shown are for 0 discount points. Rates shown are subject to change at any time without notice. Conventional Mortgage APR is based on a $218,750 purchase price and $175,000 loan amount. Jump-Start Mortgage APR is based on a $218,750 purchase price and $196,875 loan amount. 10/1 ARM is a variable rate product and APR adjustments are determined by an index and margin, the index of which is variable and therefore unknown for future payments. Contact Mortgage Consultant for full terms, conditions, and costs associated.

The First Step in Home Buying

There are apps and websites galore to browse real estate listings, but how do you actually get started when you’re serious about buying a home? 

Step 1: Figure out Your Budget

Get a clear picture of your finances by looking at your budget to determine how much you can afford for a down payment and monthly mortgage payments. Our blog post and budgeting worksheet will help you figure out what’s comfortable for your wallet, and our Mortgage Consultant can tell you what that translates to in terms of home price in your area.  

Step 2: Get Pre-Approved

Get your pre-approval before reaching out to realtors. This document shows agents and sellers that you're a serious buyer and gives you confidence in your budget and purchasing power. To start your pre-approval, you’ll complete an application online or over the phone with our Mortgage Consultant. We’ll pull your credit, ask any necessary follow-up questions, and send out your conditional pre-approval letter to you.

Step 3: Start Shopping

Partner up with a real estate agent and start looking at houses. Keep your Mortgage Consultant updated on any developments in your search so we can make sure your paperwork keeps pace. When you're ready to finalize an offer, we’ll lock in your terms and guide you through the closing process.

Ready for your pre-approval?

Our Mortgage Consultant is ready to get you started. Call us at 1-800-641-5036 to get the paperwork rolling.

 

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Home Buying Resources

Budgeting to Buy a Home

The best way to figure out what you can afford is to take the time to really dig into your spending. This blog post and budget worksheet walk you through it.


When and How to Refinance Your Mortgage

When does it make sense to refinance your mortgage, what is the process, and are there other options? We broke down everything refinancing on the blog to help you make informed choices about your mortgage.

Mortgage FAQs

Get the real deal on buying a home with answers to our most frequently asked questions.

When you apply with us, we’ll ask you questions about the home and your finances – it should take less than 15 minutes to complete. When you’ve finished the application, we’ll review your request for approval. A Mortgage Consultant will contact you to introduce himself or herself and to answer any questions you may have. Your Mortgage Consultant is a mortgage expert who will provide help and guidance along the way.

If you’re purchasing a new home, the Mortgage Consultant will also contact the Real Estate Broker or the seller so that they’ll know whom to contact with questions. We’ll send you your preliminary mortgage disclosures to sign, including your loan estimate detailing the costs of your loan and expected monthly payment, and a list of items we’ll need to process your loan request.

We’ll order the appraisal from a licensed appraiser who is familiar with home values in your area. Title Insurance will be necessary. If you’re purchasing a home, we’ll work with the real estate broker or seller to ensure the title work is ordered as soon as possible. If you’re refinancing, we’ll take care of ordering the title work for you. We’ll use the Title Insurance to confirm the legal status of your property and to prepare the closing documents.

After we receive the signed disclosures back from you and the appraisal and title work, we’ll have your loan reviewed in Underwriting for final approval before closing. If you’re purchasing a home, we’ll also schedule the closing with the real estate broker and the seller.

The closing will take place at the office of a title company or attorney or your realtor’s office. A few days before closing, your Mortgage Consultant will contact you to walk through the final information and issue the closing disclosure, so that there won’t be any surprises at closing.

That’s all there is to it!
 

Yes, applying for a mortgage loan before you find a home may be the best thing you could do! If you apply for your mortgage now, we'll issue an approval subject to you finding the perfect home. We'll email you a preapproval letter once your review is completed. You can use that preapproval letter to assure real estate brokers and sellers that you are a qualified buyer. Having a preapproval for a mortgage may give more weight to any offer to purchase that you make. When you find the perfect home, you'll simply call your Mortgage Consultant to complete your application. You'll have an opportunity to lock in our great rates and fees then, and we'll complete the processing of your request.

We take full advantage of an automated underwriting system that allows us to request as little information as possible to verify the data you provide during your loan application. Gone are the days when it was necessary to verify every piece of data collected during the application. The automated underwriting system compares your financial situation with statistical data from millions of other homeowners and uses that comparison to determine the level of verification needed. In many cases, a single W-2 or pay stub can be used to verify your income or two months of bank statements can be used to verify the assets needed to close your loan.

A credit score is one of the pieces of information that we’ll use to evaluate your application. Credit scores are based on information collected by credit bureaus and information reported each month by your creditors about the balances you owe and the timing of your payments. A credit score is a compilation of all this information converted into a number that helps a lender to determine the likelihood that you will repay the loan on schedule. The credit score is calculated by the credit bureau, not by the lender. Credit scores are calculated by comparing your credit history with millions of other consumers. They have proven to be a very effective way of determining credit worthiness.

Some of the things that affect your credit score include your payment history, your outstanding obligations, the length of time you have had outstanding credit, the types of credit you use, and the number of inquiries that have been made about your credit history in the recent past.

Credit scores used for mortgage loan decisions range from approximately 300 to 850. Generally, the higher your credit score, the lower the risk that your payments won’t be paid as agreed.

Using credit scores to evaluate your credit history allows us to quickly and objectively evaluate your credit history when reviewing your loan application. However, there are many other factors when making a loan decision, and we never evaluate an application without looking at the total financial picture of a customer.

An abundance of credit inquiries can sometimes affect your credit score since it may indicate that your use of credit is increasing.

But don't worry. The data used to calculate your credit score doesn't include any mortgage or auto loan credit inquiries that are made within the 30 days prior to the score being calculated. In addition, all mortgage inquiries made in any 14-day period are always considered one inquiry. Don't limit your mortgage shopping for fear of the effect on your credit score.

Buying a home is a big investment. A 20% down payment might be more than you have saved, but that doesn't necessarily mean your dream house is out of reach. If you are a first time home-buyer, you may be able to purchase a home with as little as 3% down. Want more info? Get in touch with our mortgage experts at 1-800-641-5036 or Mortgages@GOLDcu.org.

Your closing costs consist of fees for a credit report and underwriting, as well as other third-party fees traditional with any lender: appraisal, recording fees, title insurance, transfer taxes, property taxes, and the cost of a homeowners' insurance policy. 

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