You found your dream home, now find financing that fits you
At RBFCU, we're here to guide you through your homebuying journey, and provide the mortgage loan options and related services that meet your needs.
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.
Ready to apply for a loan? Here’s what you’ll need to complete the application:
- The amount you would like to borrow
- The number of years you want to finance your loan (term length)
- Your current employment and income information
- Your phone number and email
- Information for joint borrowers you plan to include on the mortgage loan (including date of birth, address, income and employment, Social Security number and contact information; if applicable)
- An idea of the total amount you would like for your loan and monthly payments
For a list of all the documents often required to complete your purchase, download our Mortgage Application Checklist.
Worry-free payment security
If you’re concerned about interest rates, a fixed-rate mortgage will keep your payments the same — no matter how high rates may go.
Flexibility now, and in the future
If you plan to move or refinance in a few years, an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) could be the best option for you.
Help for our military and more
A Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or Veterans Affairs (VA) loan can help you buy a home if you’re a veteran, service member or spouse.
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?
Which is better for me: A 15-year or 30-year mortgage loan term?
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.
Where and how can I make my mortgage payment?
Your mortgage payment should be made payable to RBFCU. You can make your payment from your online banking account, at any RBFCU branch or mail it to RBFCU, P.O. Box 2097, Universal City, Texas 78148-2097. When mailing your payment, please include your mortgage loan number to receive proper credit.
Still have mortgage questions?
Loans subject to credit approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. Mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. Origination fee program not available for short term loans, FHA or VA loans. RBFCU NMLS# 583215. FHA/VA loans offered through RB Mortgage LLC (NMLS# 862516). RB Mortgage LLC is primarily owned by RBFCU Services LLC. RBFCU Services LLC is affiliated with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.