7 Steps to SELFi
The result? SELFi saves you an extra $53,629 over the life of the loan on your refinance.
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Our algorithm then matches your criteria with the wholesale lender offering the best pricing for each specific interest rate presented. Lenders fiercely compete for your loan by submitting us their wholesale interest rates in real-time. Wholesale rates are much lower than retail rates, which are the rates offered directly to consumers.
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- Credits: Credits are dollars given back to you in the closing process which can be applied towards closing costs such as title fees. Take enough credits, and all closing costs can be covered.
- Points: The flip side to taking credits, is paying points. Essentially, you are paying more in closing costs to get a lower rate.
Which is better for you? It depends on how long you anticipate having your mortgage. The longer you have the mortgage, the more beneficial it is to pay points for a lower interest rate. If you think you may sell or refinance again in the near future, then you are better off choosing a rate providing credits.
For more guidance on defining your goals, see our DIY Refi guide.
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Review and E-sign Initial Disclosures
If everything looks good, e-sign the initial disclosures. There is no penalty whatsoever if you decide to back-out after reviewing initial disclosures.
Our DIY Refi Guide provides guidance on how to read your Loan Estimate.
Locking in your rate… or not.
Once you’ve e-signed initial disclosures and provided a credit card authorization for the appraisal, you will be able to request a rate lock. This gives you time to complete your refinance with peace of mind knowing that your interest rate and pricing is secured even if the market changes.
Even if you choose to lock, you can still change your rate at a later time. By choosing to lock, it means your are locking at today’s pricing.
Most of the time, we lock for 30 days. If you have a second mortgage that is not being paid off, we may advise locking for 45 or 60 days to accommodate for the subordination.
Once you lock your rate, time is of the essence to close within your lock period and avoid a lock extension fee.
Processing your Loan
Well done – the hard part is over (wasn’t too hard, was it?).
After you e-sign initial disclosures, your loan will be assigned to an experienced processor. The processor’s job is to keep you up-to-date with your application and collect the documents required for approval.
For your convenience, you can upload your documents directly on our website here. After your documents are received, your loan is submitted to underwriting. An underwriter makes a credit decision on your application.
Appraisal: an appraisal is often required so the lender can determine the value of your home. SELFi will exhaust every avenue to obtain an appraisal waiver, but most applications require an appraisal.
The appraisal is the one cost required to be paid out-of-pocket prior to the loan closing. We will handle the ordering of the appraisal. One advantage with SELFi is that you can choose to have your application underwritten before paying for the appraisal. This way you know where you stand prior to paying anything out-of-pocket. If you’re confident you will be approved, we can order your appraisal before underwriting to expedite the loan process.
Your home must in a habitable condition and up to code which requires smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.
Once your appraisal is received, your loan will be submitted back to underwriting for final review. If all documents have been received, the underwriter will clear your loan to close.
Close and Fund
After you sign the closing documents, the notary will send the final documents to the lender. After three business days, the lender will wire the funds to the escrow officer. The escrow officer will then disburse your funds accordingly and record your mortgage with the county. Your existing loan will be paid in-full and your new loan has taken its place. Your refinance is complete.
View our DIY Refi guide about what happens after your loan closes and “skipping” payments.