Mortgage Rate Lock Agreements
by David Iverson from Blaine, Minnesota USA
Ask Kate about Mortgage Rate Lock Agreements, cancellation and expiration policies: Hi Kate, I have two questions for you about my mortgage rate lock agreement. 1. When a lock in agreement expires can the borrower move on to another lender without obligation?
2. Can a lock in extension agreement be done on the phone or does it have to be done in writing? Thanks for you help!
Kate Answers: Mortgage Rate Lock Agreement
I personally can't see how a lender has the authority to penalize you for moving to another mortgage company after a rate lock expiration.
After all, isn't the lender relieved of obligation at that point?
But regardless of my opinion, it comes down to what you've signed. Lenders have various policies, each a little different. So read all pages of your paperwork, specifically the mortgage rate lock agreements so you don't end up with unfortunate surprises like this -- Yield Spread Premium SAY WHAT!
Mortgage Rate Lock Extensions
Most lenders will extend an interest rate lock over the phone. But here's the thing. You must get written confirmation. In fact, I already wrote about this very dilemma for borrowers here at How To Lock Over The Phone
Bottom line? Mortgage applicants deserve to know the lender's terms before they lock in their mortgage rate. The only way to do this is to get all pages of the signed lock in agreements in writing, immediately upon locking over the phone or in person.
Mortgage Rate Lock Unzipped
I know I say it a lot but no one will care about your mortgage as much as you. And locking in interest rates is a good example.
Case in point, take a look at the number of letters from other mortgage borrowers with rate lock problems at Mortgage Rate Lock Unzipped
And while we are on the subject, here is how to avoid hidden fees when locking mortgage rates
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