Conventional Loans — How to Get Your Way with the Bankers

3 min readMar 14, 2022
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Step 1: Shop around for lenders

Have the same conversation and same questions to ask for a few different lenders in your area, to see the variety in options.

Step 2: Pre-approval

The best way to go about this is to get a pre-approval on a loan before you go shopping

Step 3: Underwriter

Remember that the loan does not get approved by the guy you talked to upfront, but rather by the underwriter who works at the back, and this is because they want to make the transaction as objective and rational as possible, rather than make way for emotional bias’, etc.

Step 4: Appraisal

A lender typically hires an appraiser, who gives a valuation of the property

Depends on the type of the property as to how much an appraisal costs, because it is different for residential properties and commercial properties, et cetera

Single-family -> $400

Multi-family -> $1000

Commercial -> upwards to $4000

Step 5: Underwriting again

After appraisal of the property has been conducted, the underwriting process re-occurs

Step 6: Loan Closes

  • You, your real estate agent, lawyers, and an attorney will

The Pros and Cons of Conventional Lending:

  • Lowest interest rates you can possibly find
  • Your loan will likely be able to extend for a long-term, for upwards of 30+ years
  • More professional service and overall transaction

There is a cap to the number of loans you can get:

  • This cap is set at 10 loans and maybe even less because of your ever-increasing debt-to-income ratio
  • The more loans you get the more your debt increases, making your debt-to-income range go above the accepted threshold over time
  • Slow process because are there so many legal steps, that it can take 30 days + to get a loan approved
  • Conventional lenders will only want…

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