I recently experienced a situation where the title of this blog "all lenders are not created equally" proved costly to the home buyer.

A past client called me about her son who was trying to purchase a second home. At this stage he had found the home and written a contract with what he deemed a "preapproval" from a lender.  Having a good deal of trust in me the mom said she would ask her son to contact me. When I followed up again in a few days she told me her son's real estate agent told him they would have to negotiate the contract again if he changed lenders so he was afraid to do so.

About two weeks later I received a call from the mom saying now the lender wants her son to buy the home as an investment, not a second home, requiring a much bigger down payment. I assured her again that this was not necessary and her son should contact me. 

A few more days went by and I received a text saying the son was afraid to upset the apple cart and was just going to put down the necessary additional funds to treat the property as an investment.

In this scenario the home buyer put down funds he did not need to put down and was being led by a real estate agent who did not have his best interest in mind. Not every lender has the same programs or even ALL the programs. As a mortgage broker I have a variety of programs and lenders.

Moral of this story: Sometimes when you aren't getting the right answer from the lender you are working with, then take your mom's advice. Your mom is most likely the person who does have your best interest at heart! All lenders are not created equally.

Comment balloon 5 commentsDora Griffin • April 05 2017 02:20PM


Amen!  I agree with you! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have an amazing Wed!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 1 year ago

This is important advice to share.

Have a most productive April.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

Kristin, thanks for that! I am having an amazing Wednesday! I hope you are as well!!

Posted by Dora Griffin, NMLS 6380 (D A Griffin Financial.LLC) over 1 year ago

Roy, thanks! Sometimes it really really matters who you are working with. It always matters you buyers work with agents who have their back!


Posted by Dora Griffin, NMLS 6380 (D A Griffin Financial.LLC) over 1 year ago

Yeah this sorta reminds me of my mom.....good idea...!

Posted by nathan griffin, The Services You Need to Succeed (nathan services inc) over 1 year ago