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Jennifer Ballheimer, Scott Taylor & Keith Carlson
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Homebuyer’s Guide

Be Prepared When Buying a Home

It’s important to be prepared when buying a home. To help you in doing so, we have assembled information to guide you through the home buying process. If you have any questions concerning the home loan process, please contact your Premier Home Mortgage Loan Expert who is on standby ready to assist you with your home mortgage needs.

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Step 1: Planning For Success

Before you start searching for a home, it makes sense to have a solid home buying plan in place. It’s important that you know certain things, like why you want to own a home, what price can you afford, your home buying options, who will you work with, etc.

Step 2: Understanding Mortgage Rates

  • What should I do first? First, consider whether you want to buy a home based on your personal situation. Understanding the benefits of owning, including the potential tax adjustments, is a good place to start.
  • How much can you afford? If you decide to buy a home, the next question would be to find out how much house you can afford. Creating a home buying budget can help you set realistic goals.
  • What type of house? Once you have a budget in place, consider the different types of housing options.
  • Who can help? Premier Nationwide Lending will be here for you every step of the way.

Once you have the home buying plan in place, you’ll need to spend some time in understanding mortgage rates, discount points, and annual percentage rates (APR), among other things. Mortgage interest rates may vary widely depending on a number of factors and your choices can help you get the lowest rate possible. Loans for Low-Income Homebuyers -

  • Choosing between a fixed or adjustable rate is an important decision that you’ll need to make when you select a mortgage.
  • Shorter terms tend to produce lower interest rates.
  • Paying discount points upfront can help lower your interest rate over time.

Depending on your personal situation, there may be a number of additional ways to lower your interest rate. If your state or local government considers you to be a low-income homebuyer, you may be eligible for the special low-rate loan programs. Your Premier representative will be happy to assist you in one of our Down Payment Assistance programs.

Step 3: Getting Organized

Get organized by knowing your credit history, gathering together your personal financial information, and learning more about the different types of mortgages and rates that are available. Getting ready ahead of time will help the process move quickly and smoothly. Take the following steps before you begin the prequalification process.

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  • Review your history: It’s a good idea to understand your credit score and review your credit history at the beginning of the process. Even if you have less-than-perfect credit, you may still qualify for a mortgage.
  • Gather your financial records: Premier will require specific financial records to approve and process your loan.

Before you start shopping for a house, talk to a Premier Nationwide Lending loan officer. They can provide you with valuable advice about the home buying and mortgage processes, and can help you get qualified for a loan. They can explain all of the rate and discount points, and help you consider all of your financing options.

Step 5: Find a Home

  • Advice you can count on. Your Premier Nationwide Lending loan officer has experience in working with all types of homebuyers needs. They can help you find the right loan to fit the needs of you and your family.
  • The importance of prequalification. When you get prequalified, you aren’t actually applying for a mortgage, but asking a lender to help you create a reasonable home-shopping budget.

Now that you’ve established a home-buying budget, the next step is to find a house. Premier can give you advice on making an offer and when to apply for your mortgage. To make your search easier, Premier can provide you with a Homebuyer Checklist to help you keep track of the properties you visit. By checking off the specific features of each home you visit, you’ll find it easier to compare your choices when it’s time to make your final decision. But before you begin your search, you’ll need to make a few key decisions.

  • What do you want in a home?
  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • Do you require a garage or a basement?
  • What kind of schools are in the area?

Will You Work With a Real Estate Agent? Many homebuyers choose to work with a real estate agent to find a home. Since finding a home, negotiating the contract and closing the deal is such an important process, an experienced agent can provide guidance to help you avoid potential pitfalls. A reputable buyer’s agent should have vast knowledge of the real estate, price trends and neighborhood conditions. The agent will help you shop for your home, tour properties and be your negotiator, if bargaining over price is necessary. Who Is a Buyer’s Agent? A buyer’s agent is a real estate agent who represents only you and the purchase of your home. Be sure that you understand whom the agent is representing in a transaction. Remember that a seller’s agent is working for the seller - not you. Buyers are interested in getting the lowest price possible. If you decide to use a real estate agent, you should take great care in selecting one who meets your needs.

  • As a buyer, there’s typically no cost to you in working with a buyer’s agent.
  • Typically, the buyer’s agent receives part of the commission paid by the seller upon the sale of the home.

Step 6: The Road to Closing

You’ll need to make a number of important decisions between applying for a mortgage and closing the sale. Premier can help you prepare. The “closing” occurs when the finalized loan documents are signed and the mortgage funds are disbursed. At this time, you will officially own your home! It is important to understand what happens in the closing process before you get to it. This ensures everything is in place for a smooth closing.

Step 7: Service Continues

Once your home purchase is complete, our Premier Nationwide Lending mortgage representatives will be available to answer all of your questions during the life of your mortgage. Premier Nationwide Lending will be your Lender for Life.

Residential Mortgage Loan Originators

While we have available all of the typical loan products such as FHA, VA, Conventional and USDA and many Down Payment Assistance products, where we differentiate ourselves from other Mortgage Loan Officers, is by staying focused on providing excellent client service.

As dedicated mortgage professionals, we will be there for you every step of the home buying process. From selecting the right home loan product that suits your life stage and financial means, to providing real-time loan status and communication between you, your real estate agent, the title company and our office, to being able to answer all of your questions during the life of your mortgage, we are committed to making you feel you are our #1 priority!


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Testimonials

As a closer/Manager at a title company for over 12 years, I have had firsthand knowledge of the difference in the home purchasing experience when a buyer has a “good” lender and well, the ones that are not so good. So when it came time for my son to buy his first home, of course I wanted the BEST for them. They got that with Jennifer Ballheimer. I previously had worked with Jennifer on other loan closings. She was pleasant to work with, kept me informed of progress, closed on time and her customers were happy when they got to me which made my job easier. We were kept informed of every step on my son’s home purchase. All of it was handled by email/phone and it could not have gone easier or more pleasant. My nephew and wife are now using Jennifer for their home purchase. Thank you Jennifer, you are awesome!

Sherrie P., Pine Bluff, AR

My husband and I considered/ desired to purchase a home for quite some time, but the horror stories concerning the process caused us to remain hesitant. (As well as working with others who sorta “dropped us” along the way). I made a comment to a local realtor concerning my fears, and she assured me that she knew of someone who would make the process not only painless, but a worthwhile experience. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I called and got her right away and within 24 hours she told me exactly what we needed to do. To have someone to work with that ALWAYS answered our phone calls and responded to emails within minutes was awesome within itself. She was eager to help and made us feel comfortable in asking questions that may have seemed trivial to most people and was not at all restricted to the 9-5 timeframe and never made us feel as though we were intruding on her “personal” time. Once we found a home that we absolutely LOVED, we closed in approximately 3 weeks. She is simply a joy to work with, her professionalism is impeccable, and it is evident that it’s because she genuinely cares about those who are depending on her to assist in what could be a very stressful process.

William and Tonya S., Pine Bluff, AR

Jennifer Ballheimer came highly recommended by my father-in-law and I can tell you that I now know why. Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable and has the uncanny ability to answer questions in the way that those that may not be mortgage professionals can understand. Her prompt responses to my questions and individual attention to my concerns made me feel like I was the only customer she was working with. She is very well organized and detail oriented while makes the entire process virtually stress-free. I would give her a A+++ rating because of her dedication to be a customer service minded professional!

Clint S., Little Rock, AR

I would like to brag about the experience I had with working with Jennifer Ballheimer. Jennifer quickly preapproved us and would call to check in with us from time to time to see how our home search was going. We found a house we wanted, but it was not with a realtor. I called Jennifer and she said it was no problem, that she could walk me through the loan process. Due to me being on the road and away from phone access, it was great to communicate through email. We ask what felt like 100s of questions and Jennifer never hesitated to answer any questions promptly and in a way any “lay-person” would understand.

Jason & Ashley B., Rison, AR

I am very detailed and particular when it comes to business and I don’t miss much. You are vey detailed and don’t miss ANTYHYING! I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your help in making yourself always easy to contact. You are a consummate professional and know your job very well. If I need some type of mortgage service in the future you will be the first person I contact.

William P., Pine Bluff, AR

Especially for "first time" home buyers, our experience with Jennifer was very impressive. Whenever Jennifer needed something she would get me a "list" of everything needed instead of going back and forth. And, if we needed something we could call her at any given time and she would answer or call me back. Again, we were extremely pleased with her attitude and her knowledge and kindness throughout this whole process which made it less stressful for us! We really appreciated everything Jennifer did for us so we recommended her to a friend of ours and they used her as well and he was very pleased with her too. It's been a year and I still have her card on my refrigerator. Thanks Jennifer

James and Lora B., Rison, AR

A co-worker recommended Mrs. Jennifer Ballheimer to us as we started the process of purchasing our first home. We have tried other banks and brokers but had no luck since we were just over the credit threshold but had a good income to debt ratio. We got pre-approved within hours of submitting the application and the started the process. Mrs. Jennifer kept us informed with every aspect of the loan process. I communicated everything via email with her since I have a busy job and figured emails was best since it kept a trail of every question and document. I would highly recommend Jennifer for your housing financial needs.

Levi A., Little Rock, AR

Our recent experience buying a house was certainly a challenge with all the new rules in place on getting a mortgage. Jennifer made this challenge as smooth as anything we ever experienced. Her attention to detail and her attention to schedules for getting things accomplished certainly impressed us very much. She left “no stone unturned” as we completed all the documents for closing day. That became clear as the underwriters breezed through all the documents in a few short days. Jennifer came highly recommended by our real estate agent and we certainly were thankful for the recommendation.

Gerald & Sue M., Fairfield Bay, AR

Jennifer Ballheimer was very knowledgeable and helpful during the purchase of our new home. She always responded immediately to any concerns or questions we may have had. The closing was performed quickly and was made convenient with our work schedules. She was a great pleasure to work with!

Charles & Marisa H., Pine Bluff, AR

A Co-worker recommended Jennifer to me when my husband and I were looking to refinance our and especially remarked on the seed and efficiency we were sure to experience. We were not disappointed. Jennifer was quick to reply to all our questions and communicated quickly via email. It made the process easy for me to accomplish during the work day. The only trip I had to make was to closing. Jennifer took time to explain all our options/scenarios to us in a way that was easy for us to understand and made the right decision. Months later I needed a form to file our taxes and Jennifer emailed it to me within minutes! I would recommend Jennifer to anyone looking to refinance or purchase a home.

Amanda A., Little Rock, AR

I recently purchased a home with the help of Jennifer Ballheimer. It was basically effortless on my part. I was out of the country for more than half the transaction and I was amazed at the response time to my emails day or night. If there were any delays with inspectors, title companies etc she would email them daily and attaché my email so I would always know what was going on. My credit score was a little less than average and she was quick to get me the best rate and loan that suited me. I would definitely recommend Jennifer to anyone without a second thought!

Greg H., Pine Bluff, AR

To have a loan officer like Jennifer is having someone on your team that is a comprehensive, knowledgeable person. I say that Jennifer is a live working knowledge of what works for each individual she meets. I recommend Jennifer to make all my dreams and friends’ dreams come true.

Willie & Shirley A., Pine Bluff, AR

I dreaded refinancing my house, but Jennifer took care of everything. I never had to leave the house! She emailed all the documents and whisked me through the process. My house payment went down by $200 a month. I'm so gad I did it.

Jim and Laura F., Little Rock, AR

I was referred to Jennifer to buy my first home. I have always heard that buying a home was one of the most stressful events to go through. Going into it with that on my mind I was completely amazed over how stress free and easy it was for me. Being in the military and traveling all the time made my whole process via email or phone. I was updated every time there was a change and randomly just to let me know what was going on. She explained things to me in words that even I would understand. I had a deadline and she beat it by 5 days. I would highly recommend to everyone.

Clifton D., Sheridan, AR

I just wanted to take a moment to praise you for your hard work for helping us purchase our first home. It was scary and carried a lot of uncertainty, but you guided us masterfully through the process. All we had to do we keep calm and wait for closing. From the moment we started talking; you diligently pursued our preapproval and then continued working hard until the moment our papers were signed. I cannot say enough how much we appreciated your availability how quickly you responded to email/phone calls and the extra mile to make sure we were taken care of fairly.

Jonathan E., Cabot AR

Jennifer Ballheimer guided my husband and I into our new home back in 2007. We have since refinanced our home twice with her. Anytime interest rates would drop, Jennifer informed us. She went above and beyond to get us the best results. We had a TON of questions and she patiently answered them all. I would recommend anyone to her.

J.T and Lakeia L., Little Rock, AR

We recently purchased what we consider our dream home. We were referred to Jennifer by our real estate agent. We didn’t have the perfect file and background to work with, but Jennifer really worked with us. She gave us tips that improved my husband’s credit and offered to help my brother out who was purchasing the home we were selling. She was always good with getting right back to me and staying on top of our process. I would recommend her to anyone purchasing a home.

Amber & Jeremy O., Rison, AR

I have worked with Jennifer Ballheimer on more than one occasion and have always had a positive experience. Jennifer is very knowledgably about the process, easy to work with and extremely professional. She kept me informed in each step of the process and quick to respond to all calls and questions. This process went very smoothly and I didn’t have to do anything other than provide Jennifer with the information she asked for. I just had to show up to closing. I have recommended both family and friends to her and will continue to do so.

Shelly D., Conway, AR

I am a first time home owner thanks to Jennifer Ballheimer. My experience with Jennifer was amazing. She took me under her arms and showed/informed me of everything I needed to know as a first time home buyer. Her showing me the do’s and don’ts helped me out a lot. My credit score was not the best when I came to Jennifer, but she gave me pointers to get my score up. Even after all that, she made it so I didn’t have to spend a dime out of my pocket a closing. There is no doubt in my mind that I would definitely recommend Jennifer to anyone buying a home.

Herbert B., Little Rock, AR

Jennifer is an absolute angel!! She helped us purchase/finance our new home. Any questions we had, she was quick to answer us & in a way we could easily understand. This is the first home my mom has purchased & we were not very knowledgeable of what to do, but Jennifer made an overwhelming situation very simple for us! We will recommend Jennifer to everyone we know! Thank you & God bless!

Nancy A., Pine Bluff, AR

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