Mortgage Broker Acronyms Explained

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with a real estate professional that leaves you dumfounded at their industry’s jargon? As consumers in any field in which we do not operate in ourselves; industry jargon can be confusing and frustrating. When buying a new home this scenario is more than likely to occur multiple times. When a professional like a Mortgage Broker commonly uses certain terms and acronyms on a daily basis, it is simply an oversight on their part to assume you are privy to the definitions of these words. While mortgage brokers may be the biggest ‘offenders’ of this type of misconception, they are also the first to take a step back and explain them to you to equip you with the knowledge needed to getting a loan and most importantly, feel confident in obtaining one. To give you a jump start, listed below are a few of the common acronyms used by mortgage brokers.

EMD: Earnest Money Deposit
A mortgage broker will refer to your EMD at the beginning of the loan process. EMD stands for Earnest Money Deposit. Your Earnest Money Deposit is the down payment that is placed on a real estate property to make the offer to purchase legitimate.

LTV: Loan To Value
Mortgage Brokers will typically request that an appraisal is done on a seller’s property in order to analyze its Loan To Value ratio (LTV). Loan To Value ratios are depicted as percentages. For example, a loan for $50,000 on a property appraised at $100,000 has an LTV of 50%.

TIL: Truth In Lending
Mortgage Brokers are required by law to provide any prospective mortgagor a Truth In Lending disclosure (TIL). The TIL includes pertinent loan information such as the amount financed, annual percentage rate (APR), finance charges, as well as an outline of the period required to pay off the loan.

APR: Annual Percentage Rate
Annual Percentage Rate can be hard to explain to those who are not fluent in mathematical and financial equations. Simplified, it is the rate that will be charged on a certain loan amount based on; including but not limited to, the amount of the loan, the life of the loan, as well as any additional costs associated with the loan.

GFE: Good Faith Estimate
A Good Faith Estimate is a document your mortgage broker will provide to familiarize you with the costs associated with the closing of the loan. These fees will include, title closing costs, mortgage and deed recording costs, lender fees, and any prepaid figures. An example of a prepaid figure is your hazard insurance premium.

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