Mortgage Loan Solutions
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Our mortgage loan officers work side-by-side with you to evaluate
your financing options, answer your questions and guide you
through the process as you make this important home-buying decision.

  • FIXED RATE LOAN

    FIXED RATE LOAN

    Whether you are purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing mortgage, a fixed-rate loan means you lock in a rate at the beginning of the loan and it remains the same for the entire term. This type of loan is available for owner-occupied homes, second homes, or investment properties. This option is beneficial if you plan on being in your home for an extended amount of time and prefer the security of having a consistent monthly payment.

    CURRENT RATES
  • ADJUSTABLE RATE LOAN

    ADJUSTABLE RATE LOAN

    When you finance with an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), you get the advantage of the lowest possible principal and interest payment for a set period of time at the start of the loan, and can adjust up or down based on market conditions. This option may be right for you if you don’t plan on being in your home for the entire term of your loan or if you expect to refinance in a couple years.

    CURRENT RATES
  • FHA LOAN

    FHA LOAN

    A Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan is insured by the Federal Housing Agency. FHA loans offer low down payments and closing costs, competitive rates and flexible qualifying guidelines. This type of loan is available for first time homebuyers and seniors. Also, if you’re interested in a more energy efficient home or a manufactured or mobile home –there are FHA solutions available to help you on your path to home ownership.

    CURRENT RATES
  • CHAMP LOAN

    CHAMP LOAN

    Community Housing Affordable Mortgage Program (CHAMP) provides flexible financing options for first-time homebuyers and for buyers looking to purchase homes located in low-to-moderate income areas. Advantages include fixed-rate terms, a low down payment and flexible credit options.

    CURRENT RATES
  • VA LOAN

    VA LOAN

    A VA loan is a mortgage program insured by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and is designed to provide home financing for veterans and their families. With a VA loan you can take advantage of a low or no down payment, no private mortgage insurance (PMI) and lower interest rates. Veterans, active duty personnel, Reservists/National Guard members and some surviving spouses are eligible.

    CURRENT RATES
  • CONSTRUCTION LOAN

    CONSTRUCTION LOAN

    Our one time closing construction loan can help you build a new home. There are two phases to our construction loan; during the construction phase of the loan, the Bank draws on the loan to make payments directly to the builder as work progresses and you make interest payments on only the funds that have been disbursed to the builder. Upon the completion of construction, the loan switches to a fully amortizing mortgage where you will pay principal and interest for the remaining term of the loan.

    CURRENT RATES
  • PHYSICIAN LOAN

    PHYSICIAN LOAN

    Physicians work everyday to provide personal attention and care to their patients. That’s why you deserve the same when it comes to buying or refinancing your home. First Financial makes it simple for physicians like you to achieve homeownership and take the next step on the path to success.

    CURRENT RATES
  • JUMBO LOAN

    JUMBO LOAN

    If you are looking for a loan amount over $417,000, a Jumbo loan is the solution for you. Jumbo loans have various terms to choose from including fixed and adjustable rates.

    CURRENT RATES

Need assistance paying your loan? Please email CCDEarlyAssistance@bankatfirst.com for help or call 800-556-2014.

*All loans subject to credit approval

 

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FIXED RATE
LOAN

  • Interest rate remains the same throughout term of loan
  • Principal and interest payment amount will not change

ADJUSTABLE RATE LOAN

  • Opportunity to lock in a lower interest rate for five, seven or ten year period
  • Monthly payment remains the same for the term selected, then adjusts annually

FHA
LOAN

  • Only 3.5% required for down payment
  • Fixed and adjustable rate loans available
  • Competitive rates available through various loan programs

CHAMP
LOAN

  • Fixed-rate terms
  • Low down payment requirements
  • Flexible credit options
  • Subject to credit approval

PHYSICIAN
LOAN

  • Several adjustable-rate loan options available
  • Flexible loan terms
  • Flexible options for down payment and closing costs

VA
LOAN

  • Fixed and adjustable rate loans available
  • Low or no down payment
  • Private Mortgage Insurance not required
  • Flexible interest rates
  • Funding fee applies

CONSTRUCTION LOAN

  • Financing for your home construction projects
  • Flexible disbursements
  • Builder choice
  • One-time closing for construction to permanent financing

JUMBO
LOAN

  • Various options including fixed and adjustable rates
  • For loan amounts greater than $417,000
Helpful Tips

Learn helpful information about the process and the paperwork
as you get started on your path to home ownership. 

What information do I need to provide when I apply?

To apply online you will need to have the following documents available for reference:

  • Monthly income
  • Monthly debt payments
  • Total debt you owe
  • A total of your assets
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Employment information and verification (ex: W-2, pay stub, etc.)

Is there an application fee?

There is an application fee quoted as part of the out-of-pocket costs which will be charged to you when you submit your application. If your loan is approved and you proceed through the loan process, this fee will be credited to you at your closing.

How much are closing costs?

Closing costs vary based on a number of factors. Closing costs include your out-of-pocket costs, pre-paid expenses, application fees, title insurance, origination fees and discount points. First Financial Bank will give you an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs, pre-paid expenses, application fees, title insurance, origination fees and discount points, (your estimated closing costs) upon completion of your loan application. Please note that closing costs do not include your down payment.

How are mortgage interest rates determined?

Interest rates are affected by a number of factors, including inflation, economic growth, and Federal Reserve policy. Over time, inflation has the largest influence on the level of interest rates. A modest rate of inflation will usually lead to low interest rates, while concerns about rising inflation normally result in increased interest rates. The Federal Reserve designs and implements policies to keep inflation and interest rates relatively low and stable.

Will the rates quoted to me today be the same tomorrow?

No, as economic reports, inflation and Federal Reserve policy continually fluctuate, mortgage interest rates are also subject to change on a daily basis. When purchasing a home, the rate can be locked in once a borrower has an accepted contract and a property address.

When refinancing, you can lock in a rate at the time of application with an application fee. This means that First Financial will stand by and honor the rate you lock through a specified expiration date for that locked rate.

Is comparing APRs the best way to decide which lender has the lowest rates and fees?

Yes, the annual percentage rate (APR) reflects the full cost of the loan, including interest and fees, expressed as a yearly rate. This rate is likely to be higher than the stated note rate or advertised rate on the mortgage, because it includes points and other credit costs, such as private mortgage insurance, loan discount and origination fees. The APR is calculated the same way by all mortgage lenders, giving home buyers the ability to compare various mortgage loan products based on the annual cost for each loan.

When can I expect to close?

When purchasing a home, the process will usually take up to 30 days from the date of the application. When refinancing, the process usually takes 45 days from date of the application. Please note that this time estimate is based on your ability to provide the necessary documentation on a timely basis in order for us to continue the process.

What can I expect at closing?

  • You’ll review and sign all of your loan documents.
  • You’ll provide evidence of required homeowners insurance and inspections (if applicable)
  • You’ll give a certified or cashier’s check to cover your down payment (if applicable), closing costs, prepaid interest, taxes and insurance.
  • The bank will distribute the funds covering your home loan amount to the closing agent.
  • Depending on your loan terms, you may also be required to set up a new escrow (or impound) account with the bank, so you can pay your property taxes and homeowners insurance along with your monthly mortgage payment.

Can I apply for a loan before I find a home to purchase?

Yes, a pre-qualification is recommended as soon as you decide to start searching for a home. Going through the pre-qualification process will give you the confidence that you are looking in the right price range for a home, it gives the seller confidence that your offer is legitimate, and it can speed up the time it takes to close on your home. Once you find your perfect home, you will simply call your loan officer to complete your application. You will have an opportunity to lock in our rates and fees at that point, and we will complete the processing of your request.

How will my credit score affect my application?

Your credit score will be used to evaluate your application. Using credit scores to evaluate your history lets us quickly and objectively evaluate your credit history when reviewing your loan application. However, your credit score is just one of the many factors considered when making a loan decision, and we evaluate an application by looking at the total financial picture of a client.

Will a credit inquiry affect my credit score?

Any time your credit report is pulled—including when you order a copy of your credit report directly from a credit reporting agency—an inquiry is added to your report. Numerous credit inquiries can sometimes affect your score, since it may indicate that your credit use is increasing. But, don’t fear! Your credit score ignores all mortgage loan inquiries made in the 30 days prior to scoring. So, if you find a loan within 30 days, the inquiries won’t affect your score while you may be rate shopping.

What information do I need to provide to process my loan?

Once you schedule an appointment with a mortgage loan consultant, you’ll need to be prepared to verify:

  • Residence history
  • Employment history
  • Current income, including salary, commissions or bonuses
  • Assets
  • Social Security numbers
  • Confirmation of all debts, including credit cards and installment loans
  • Information on any other properties owned
  • Alimony/child support payments

I’m self-employed. How will you verify my income?
The income of self-employed borrowers is verified via copies of personal (and business, if applicable) federal tax returns for the most recent two-year period, which may include W-2 and K-1 statements. We’ll review and average the net income from self-employment that appears on your tax returns to determine your qualified income. We won’t be able to consider any income that hasn’t been reported on your tax returns. We typically require a full two-year history of self-employment to verify that your income is stable.

I’m retired and my income is from pension or Social Security. How will you verify my income?

We will ask for copies of your recent pension check stubs, or a bank statement if your pension is deposited directly into your account. It may be necessary to verify that this income will continue for at least three years. This can usually be verified with a copy of your award letter. If you don’t have an award letter, we can contact the source of this income directly for verification.

If you’re receiving tax-free income (ex: Social Security), we’ll consider the fact that taxes will not be deducted from this income when reviewing your request.

I have income from dividends and/or interest. How will you verify my income?

Two years of personal tax returns are required to verify the amount of your dividend and/or interest income so an average amount can be calculated. In addition, we’ll need to verify your ownership of the assets that generate the income, using copies of statements from your financial institution, brokerage statements, stock certificates or promissory notes.

I own rental properties. How will you verify my income?

We’ll ask for the most recent year’s federal tax return to verify your rental income. We’ll review the Schedule E of the tax return to verify your rental income, after all expenses (minus depreciation). Since depreciation is a paper loss, it won’t be counted against your rental income. If you have not owned the rental property for a complete tax year, we’ll ask for a copy of any leases you have executed and we will estimate the expenses of ownership.

Will  overtime, commission or bonus income be considered when evaluating my application?

In order for bonus, overtime or commission income to be considered, you must have a history of receiving it and it must be deemed likely to continue. We typically request copies of W-2 statements from the previous two years and a recent pay stub to verify this income. If a major part of your income is commission earnings, we may need to obtain copies of recent tax returns to verify the amount of business-related expenses, if any. We’ll average the amounts you have received over the past two years to calculate the amount that can be considered as a regular part of your income. If you haven’t been receiving bonus, overtime or commission income for at least one year, it likely cannot be given full value when your loan is reviewed for approval.

What information do I have to provide about my child support, alimony or separate maintenance income?

Information about child support, alimony or separate maintenance income does not need to be provided unless you wish to have it considered for repaying your mortgage loan.

I am selling my current home to purchase my new home. What documents will you require?

If you are selling your current home to purchase your new home, we will need a copy of the settlement or the closing statement you will receive at the closing of your current home. This will provide the verification that proves your current mortgage has been paid in full and you’ll have sufficient funds to close on your new home. Often, the closing of your current home is scheduled for the same day as the closing of your new home. Verification of prior home sale would need to be provided and reviewed before your new loan closing.

Will a past bankruptcy or foreclosures affect my ability to obtain a new mortgage?

If you’ve had a past bankruptcy or foreclosure, it may affect your ability to get a new mortgage. Unless the bankruptcy or foreclosure was caused by situations beyond your control, we will generally require that two to four years have passed since the bankruptcy or foreclosure.

Is a gift an acceptable source of down payment? Can I borrow funds to use toward my down payment?

Gifts are an acceptable source of down payment, provided the gift giver is related to you or your co-borrower. We’ll ask you for the name, address and phone number of the gift giver, as well as the giver’s relationship to you. If your loan request is more than 80 percent of the purchase price, we’ll need to verify that you have at least 5 percent of the property’s value in your own assets. Prior to closing, we’ll verify that the gift funds have been transferred to you by obtaining a copy of your bank receipt or deposit slip to verify that you have deposited the gift funds into your account.

Will my loan be sold to another company?

First Financial reserves the right to sell its mortgage loans to other companies. It is possible that your loan will be sold, but this will not affect the terms and conditions of the loan.

Common Terms

Learn the language behind the mortgage process

Fixed and variable-rate loan:

  • Fixed-rate: the principal and interest payment is the same for the length of the loan
  • Variable rate: ARM, interest rates and payments can vary

 

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI): Insurance that is typically required if your down payment is less than 20%.

Annual percentage rate (APR) vs Interest rate:

  • Interest rate: the cost you will pay each year to borrow the money, expressed as a percentage rate. It does not reflect fees or any other charges you may have to pay for the loan.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR):  a broader measure of the cost to you of borrowing money. The APR reflects not only the interest rate but also the points, mortgage broker fees, and other charges that you have to pay to get the loan. For that reason, your APR is usually higher than your interest rate.

Escrow Account: an account used to hold money for property taxes and insurance.

 

Learn what you need to know about getting your first home loan.

 

How much can I afford?

Lenders usually want your mortgage payment to be no more than 29% of your gross income (before deductions). A lower interest rate means you can afford a more expensive home, and still pay the same each month.

Do I need a down payment?

Depending on the mortgage you select, you’ll need at least 3%. We also make available zero down payment mortgages to meet the specific needs of some clients.* These products are an affordable alternative for those looking to minimize the amount of money they need for a down payment.

*Subject to credit approval.

Should I get a fixed-rate loan — or adjustable?

If you plan to stay in your home for a long period of time, consider a fixed-rate mortgage that “locks in” the current interest rate. If you don’t plan to stay long, or intend to refinance at some point, an adjustable-rate loan will give you a lower initial rate and payments—but the rate could change.

What if my credit isn’t perfect?

Even if you do not have perfect credit, or have previously been turned down, you may still qualify for a mortgage. In fact, we can offer you a wide range of loan options, including specialty programs that may fit your particular needs, based on your current financial situation, family considerations, and lifestyle.

How long does it take to receive pre-qualification?

We’ll give you a pre-qualification loan decision the same day, often in as little as 30 minutes. You may be surprised to know how fast and easy it can be to get a mortgage. 

Deborah Schultz

“Owning my own home has been a long-time dream. Barbara at First Financial was a great partner. She helped me every step of the way. ”

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