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How to Find a Lender

Today, lenders can be found through a variety of sources. In addition to calling on ads in the newspaper, you can also find and apply to lenders over the internet, and through referrals from your REALTOR. We would be happy to suggest lenders we have used successfully, who have proven themselves competitive and capable even with problem properties or poor credit.

Choosing the Right Lender

Interview several lenders to evaluate the following:

  • Ability to explain things clearly and return your phone calls in a reasonable time period
  • Competitiveness of interest rates, costs & fees.
  • Availability of loan programs that suit your credit profile and desired property
  • Access to local loan approval committee that understands the kind of property you are buying

Choosing the Right Kind of Loan

Today there are so many types of loans on the market that it is beyond the scope of this page to list or explain them all. Your lender is the best person to help you select a loan program to suit your needs. Below is a summary of the three most popular loan types we see in practice; for more detailed information click the link at the end of this page.

  1. Fixed loan: The fixed rate loan assures your monthly payments will stay the same over the life of the loan, which is typically between 15 and 30 years. Fixed rate loans may be best if you intend to hold the property for a long period of time, say over 7 years.
  2. ARMs (adjustable rate mortgages): ARM’s may be suitable if you plan to sell or refinance your home within the next few years. The starting interest rate is typically lower than a fixed rate loan, saving you money initially. However, it is important to understand the index, the readjustment interval, the capitalization rate and downside risks of an ARM before making a final decision to use this type of loan.
  3. Intermediate ARMs: Also called Hybrid Loans, these loans can offer fixed interest rates for the first 3, 5, 7 or 10 years after which the interest rate adjusts with the market every 6 months or year thereafter.
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Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA IconColdwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA

3610 Saint Johns Avenue Suite #103, Jacksonville

5.0 7 reviews

  • Avatar Nick Freeman ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    Erin was excellent! He made the home buying process for my wife and I simple and stress free. His expertise and knowledge of the historic homes of Jacksonville allowed us to feel confident in our decision to buy a historic home. We interacted … More with multiple realtors prior to meeting Erin and I must say he was by far the most impressive. His authenticity and genuine interest in findings us the right home really set him apart from others. I highly recommend working with Erin King.
  • Avatar lindsey kilbride ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Talk about a stress-free experience purchasing my first home! Having Erin King as my realtor was the best decision. He knows his stuff and helped me get a great price on my dream first home in a seller’s market. He did a tremendous job … More negotiating. There’s no pressure with him and he’s not going to let a buyer settle for a home that isn’t the right fit. There were no surprises throughout the closing process as he keeps his buyers in the loop. Even when a minor issue came up with the appraisal, he called me with his plan to remedy the problem and it was fixed that week. Erin truly looks out for his clients, alerting of any red flags but is reassuring about bumps during the process that can be easily handled — that’s why his wealth of knowledge and experience is such an asset, he’s seen it all. A bonus: he’s really nice and funny! Great person to work with. I highly recommend him.
  • Avatar Roberto Vieira ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    This was my first time buying a house and Erin made the entire process seamless. His knowledge and attitude allowed me to decide on a house with confidence and the fact that he is on your corner during the entire process, does make you … More very at ease. Buying a first house didn't have to be scary. Who knew!
  • Avatar life changer ministry ★★★★★ a year ago
    Erin is by far the best realtor I worked with. I really enjoyed working with him. He has a wealth of knowledge about the housing market as well as home inspection. He is also a great negotiator. Was able to close on my house in 28 day … More and i had zero sleepless night. Didn't have to worry about a thing. Everytime I had a question he always had an answer and always returned my calls promptly. Erin is my realtor for life. I Will be referring Erin to all my friends and family members.
  • Avatar Kerry Fitzgerald ★★★★★ a year ago
    My experience working with Erin was by far the best I have ever encountered with a realtor. He quickly identified important aspects that I wanted in a home and was able to narrow down key properties to consider. In addition Erin’s displayed … More strong knowhow through his extensive knowledge of the areas and market I was considering. Balancing pros/cons and keeping me well informed at every step. By leveraging his strong listen skills and attention to detail we found my dream home in a very short time. Erin continued to support me throughout the sales process and well after to ensure my expectations were met and exceeded. I would absolutely recommend Erin to any of my colleagues, friends and family on future home purchases.

David M.
David M.
2020-04-14 07:12:21
My wife and I worked with Erin when he was at Bloom Realty to buy our first home in 2018. We had a great experience. As first-time homebuyers from out of...
Simone J.
Simone J.
2020-03-13 11:57:13
Erin is the best! If you are looking for someone who tells you like it is, and points you towards what you want and actually needs, he is the realtor for...