Home Loans and Realty
From house to home
RBFCU can help you with a mortgage, and so much more. Whether you’re purchasing your first home and don’t know where to start, or you’re a seasoned homeowner, let us assist you in every step of the Texas homebuying process. We can guide you through securing a mortgage, finding your dream home, protecting your investment and beyond.
Buying a New Home: A Quick Start-to-Finish Guide
Download our easy guide to learn about getting a mortgage and buying a home. Topics include:
- Where should you start?
- What can you afford to buy?
- How’s your credit score?
- Down payment and closing costs
- Understanding your mortgage payment
Pay low closing costs with no origination fee
Don’t let closing costs get between you and your new dream home. RBFCU removes some of the upfront costs by eliminating the origination fee, helping you turn your dream into reality.
- Available for 20 and 30-year fixed-rate conventional, jumbo and construction loans, and 5/5 adjustable-rate mortgage loans
- Members have the option to pay for discount points toward an even lower rate
Let us walk you through the mortgage loan process
1. Get prepared
Buying a home is a big commitment and you’ll want your finances to be in good condition before you start the process to ensure the best possible outcome. Gather your financial information, like recent tax returns, financial statements and pay stubs; your loan application will let you know what financial information is necessary. You should also review your credit score, take a look at your debt-to-income ratio and take other important steps to position yourself for receiving the best possible loan terms.
Click the button below to read our document on “Maintaining Your Financial Status and Credit Score” for tips to help guide you through the process.
2. Decide what you can afford
Before you begin shopping for a home, take a look at your budget and current expenses to determine what you can afford. You’ll want to evaluate your monthly incoming and outgoing funds to see where a down payment, closing costs and your new mortgage payment might fit in.
3. Get preapproved
Once you know how much home you can afford, complete the application for a preapproval letter. The preapproval will let sellers know that you are a qualified buyer who is prepared to make a home purchase.
4. Find your home
Now’s the time to determine all the traits that make up your perfect home. Research areas and neighborhoods of interest. Also, connect with an RBFCU preferred real estate agent, who can help you search smarter.
5. Complete paperwork
You’ll complete the application process you started with your preapproval request by submitting your documents and continuing through the loan process. This may sound simple, but it can be a big undertaking, depending on your employment status, residency, etc.
6. Finalize your loan
Our mortgage team will help you through each step of the loan process and make sure you know everything you need to know to close your loan with confidence.
Find financing that fits you
RBFCU offers a variety of mortgage loan options, including the standard adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) and fixed-rate mortgage loans. If you’re building a new home, or buying land for a future home, we can help with that, too.
More paths to homeownership
If you’re a first-time homebuyer or have military ties, consider a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or Veterans Affairs (VA) loan. Both offer more affordable, flexible lending and down payment requirements.
Find your dream home
Need help finding that special abode? The preferred real estate agents at RBFCU are ready to offer their expertise — and get you cash back when you buy.
Protecting your investment
Safeguard your new home with homeowners insurance through RBFCU Insurance Agency.
Convenience in closing on your loan
RBFCU’s preferred title company will help you complete the paperwork needed to finalize your loan and the purchase of your property.
How much home can I afford?
How much should I put down for a new home?
How much will my mortgage payments be?
Which is better for me: A fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustable-rate mortgage?
Am I better off refinancing my mortgage?
How soon will someone from RBFCU contact me after I’ve submitted my mortgage application?
Once you submit your mortgage loan application for review, RBFCU will contact you within 24 hours, unless it’s a weekend application.
How long will it take to receive my preapproval?
A preapproval process will typically take within 24 to 72 hours based on the type of loan.
What is included in my mortgage loan closing costs?
Your closing costs include a loan origination fee, a recording fee, flood determination, attorney fees, underwriting fees, an appraisal, a survey, escrow reserves, homeowners insurance, title fees, a credit report fee and a tax service fee.
Can I complete an RBFCU mortgage application online?
Yes, you can. Click here to apply online.
What is the difference between a conventional mortgage and an FHA mortgage?
While there may be different down payment requirements, the major difference between a conventional and a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage loan is that the FHA loan follows federal guidelines that a financial institution must follow. Click here to read more about the mortgage products that RBFCU offers.
Still have mortgage questions?
#1 Mortgage Lender in Texas for Credit Unions – Loans Funded, based on 2018 National HMDA data published by Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. Membership eligibility required. Loans subject to credit approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. RBFCU mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. Origination fee program not available for short term loans, FHA or VA loans. As a safeguard, a 5-day cooling-off period is required by Texas law before home improvement loans may be closed. A 3-day right of rescission is also required after closing before the funds may be disbursed. Jumbo loans may require larger down payments and additional qualifications. NMLS# 583215. FHA and VA loans offered through RB Mortgage LLC. RB Mortgage LLC is affiliated with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU). NMLS# 862516. To be eligible for a commission rebate, you must be an RBFCU member, use an RBFCU preferred real estate agent (RBFCU Realty or Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty) and at least one preferred provider (RB Mortgage, Preserve Title Company LLC or RBFCU Mortgage), and notify the RBFCU preferred real estate agent of your interest in the program prior to projected closing date and execution of contract. RBFCU member benefit program is subject to change without notice. RBFCU Realty LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RBFCU Services LLC. Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty is a subsidiary of RBFCU Services LLC. Preserve Title Company LLC is a subsidiary of RBFCU Services LLC. RBFCU Services LLC is affiliated with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU).