Question about legal loan process.?
Hi I have a simple but little tricky question.
I believe there are three ways to purchase a house.
1.Pay cash – If you are a millionaire..
2.Hire Mortgage Broker – They will contact with Wholesale Lender
3.Contact with Bank directly – Bank has it’s own Loan Officer.
*If someone doesn’t tell the difference between mortgage broker and loan officer, go to yahoo and search “mortgage broker vs. loan officer” .
Here is my story.
Year 2004 I met Mr.Kim who was a mortgage broker.He always tell others that if someone wants to buy a house, they have to hire a mortgage broker to process their loan(He was acting that option #3 does not exist. That way he could get more jobs to sell.). *Someone might say “Why did you trust the mortgage broker? You are stupid…” You will be surprised to know how so many people have no knowledge about these whatsoever.
Anyway I trusted him and year 2005 I purchased my first house.
I filled out loan application and prepared all the documents which was prepared by Mr.Kim. The loan was approved: both first and second lender was major Banks. Exactly 2months later, I received a check book by XX (also major bank) bank. I asked my mortgage broker about this and he said that this was a home equity line of credit by XX bank (3rd mortgage): it was issued based on the current value of my property (there’s no loan application and no appraisal report..ect.) and my excellent credit. I had no doubt about this at that time (because it was issued from a major bank) and I used the money for home improvement. My mortgage broker, Kim was sentenced for financial fraud for other cases(currently he is in federal prison)
In the mean time, my mortgage payment was increased dramatically because it was a MTA program which I had no idea what that was at that time… My monthly payment doubled after 2 years and I had reached a point where I could not make all three mortgage payment including the 3rd mortgage. As the real estate market crashed, the value of my house dropped greatly and I could no longer able to make payment. I knew something was not right. I heard about Mortgage Audit from internet one day and decided to do that. I requested all the documents (including original loan applications..) from the all three lenders.
I was surprised to see that there were loan officer’s name which I had no idea because I had never met any loan officers. Not only that but also the information on the loan application had wrong information which was prepared by mortgage broker?? or the loan officer??
Since the lender was not a whole sale lender, I had learned that the loan officer from the lender must meet with the borrower directly(Patriot Act?).
What do you think about this whole loan process? I want to know how big crime it is when the loan officer never contacted the borrower and accept all the documents from the mortgage broker and approve the loan despite of all the wrong information on the loan documents??
* Some of you might say, “You signed the documents at the settlement and it is your responsibility”
However both the mortgage broker and the title agent are currently imprisoned. During the settlement, it is almost impossible to review every single document and sign them. I had to trust whatever I sign because it was conducted by title lawyer. Who would not trust “LAWYER” ?? DO YOU THINK LENDER GAVE US A MONEY BECAUSE THEY ARE CHARITY WORKERS?