Who Can Lock My Mortgage Interest Rate
by Linda from Seattle, Washington USA
Ask Kate who can lock my mortgage interest rate: Hi Kate, Can the mortgage company lock my interest rate without my permission? I'm trying to refinance my mortgage with my current lender. I sent in the documents they requested (tax returns, bank statements, etc). I didn't hear back so I contacted them to find a status.
They said my refinance had been approved and gave me the interest rate. I was shocked. I never said I wanted to lock in at a specific rate.
The lender is stating that I locked in by the disclosure documents like the Uniform Residential Loan Application and the Truth in Lending. I didn't want to lock in yet and thought that's what the Lock In Agreement was for.
What do I do now so that I'm not locked in at the rate that was available when I applied for the refinance?
Kate Answers: Who Can Lock My Mortgage Interest Rate
Dear Linda, Don't sit back!
Neither accept this as, oh well, it's just a lender's normal operating procedure
Here's what you do! Phone your contact and request the written document
with your signature (and the lender's) verifying that you requested a mortgage rate lock.
Where's the Mortgage Rate Lock Agreement
And yes! You are absolutely right about the correct document being a mortgage rate lock agreement. Go here for details on the disclosures that must be provided to borrowers BEFORE locking at Mortgage Lender Fees - Get 'Em In Writing
Can My Mortgage Interest Rate Be Locked Without My Consent
But before you call you lender contact, Pat in Belhaven, North Carolina asked a similar question. Go to her letter at Can My Mortgage Interest Rate Be Locked Without My Consent
where you will find a list of questions to help you get to the bottom of this.
Kick and scream if you have to until you are satisfied that either
- You signed a document instructing the lender to lock in the interest rate.
- Or, it was decided without your permission to lock in your mortgage rate.
Good luck. Be tough. Do not doubt yourself. Insist on being treated fairly.
Best wishes, Kate
PS If you think this is an isolated problem, go to Ask Kate about Mortgage Rate Lock I
and Ask Kate about Mortgage Rate Lock II
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