What Loan fits You

As one of Arizona's best mortgage lenders, Starboard Financial offers a variety of financing options. If you would like to discuss loan options, refinancing, or if you have general inquiries about the homebuying experience, Contact Us today to speak with a mortgage loan officer. If you do not have any questions and are ready to submit your information for a loan decision, please apply now.

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Applying for a home loan can be overwhelming. Starboard Financial is here to lend a hand and assist you with any mortgage questions you may have. We provide a wide variety of finance options that are suited to all types of home buyers. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a primary residence, a second house, or an investment property. We at Starboard Financial are here to walk with you through every step of the mortgage process. We work with you so that you can find the best option possible. Let’s get started by finding which type of home loan is the best fit for you.

PURCHASE
OPTIONS

Select A Loan That Fits You

Need Help Finding The Right Loan?

When you are on the market for a loan, it is important to consider your options. When you choose Starboard Financial, we work with home buyers to get the most out of our mortgage products. Homebuyers get a mortgage loan officer to work with, and a real estate agent if they don’t already have one, to help them deduce which type of loan is the best fit. Our Starboard Financial mortgage loan officers will make sure all of your needs and questions are met, and they will help you with the loan process every step of the way.

Conventional home Loan

Conventional Mortgages are offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since these loans are not insured by the federal government, they usually have higher down-payment, credit score, and income requirements than government loans.

Conventional Loans are classified as conforming or non-conforming. Conforming simply means that the loan meets Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s established underwriting guidelines. If a mortgage loan does not fall within these guidelines, it is considered a non-conforming loan.

The main factor that determines whether a loan is conforming eligible is the loan amount. The maximum conforming loan amount is $453,100 in most states. Mortgages with loan amounts above this limit are considered Jumbo mortgages. Jumbo loans are still offered through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but they are treated with different underwriting guidelines than conventional mortgages. Higher interest rates are common for non-conforming Jumbo loans because they carry higher risks.

Fixed or adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) structures are available for Conventional loans. Fixed rate mortgages maintain the same rate and payment, subject to temporary mortgage insurance if applicable, throughout the life of the loan. The most common fixed-rate mortgages typically carry 15- or 30- year repayment terms. An ARM maintains the starting interest rate for a portion of the repayment term and then adjusts based on interest rate market conditions subject to the option selected.

Conventional mortgages require a minimum 5% down payment in most cases, whereas government loan types require a minimum 3.5% down payment or less. You will also be required to include monthly PMI in your payment if you put less than 20% down on your loan. PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance and in short, PMI protects your lender against a complete loss of money if you default on your mortgage payments.

Benefits of a
Conventional Mortgage

  • Lower Monthly Loan Payments
  • Lower Fees and Costs at Closing
  • Mortgage Insurance not Required with 20% Down Payment
  • Investment Property Types Eligible
  • Less Stipulations for Selling or Refinancing on Loan Options
  • Less Stringent Collateral (Property) Guidelines

FHA Home Loan

An FHA mortgage is fully insured by the Federal Housing Administration under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The main initiative of an FHA government loan is to lower the barrier to entry of home ownership by decreasing up-front financing costs. Approved FHA lenders, such as Starboard Financial, are able to offer lower down payments for these loans because there is less risk due to the government insurance.

Credit qualification guidelines are often easier than other underwriting standards to allow more people access to the program. This benefit does not come without limitations, as availability is subject to income and primary residency restrictions. FHA loan amounts are subject to ceilings as well. FHA loans are eligible for both refinance and purchase transactions.

Benefits of an FHA

  • Low Down Payments – as little as 3.5%
  • 100% of Down Payment available from a gift
  • Higher Debt-to-Income Ratios available in most cases
  • Lower Credit Score Loan Options
  • Waiting Periods for FHA Loan Less Following Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, or Short Sale
  • Reduced Documentation on FHA Streamline Refinances

USDA Loans

One of the main initiatives of the USDA Rural Housing and Development program is to provide loan options in areas where mortgage lending is scarce.

USDA loans are guaranteed by the United State Department of Agriculture, so lower and moderate income earners, Native American tribal governments, the elderly, and people with disabilities can maintain financing options in their communities. The USDA and their partners work with many other federal initiatives to provide housing and employment to rural communities as well.

Borrowers of USDA loans are eligible to contribute as little as $0 for their down payment. Asset reserve requirements tend to be less strict than conventional loan standards. Annual household income limits apply based on the USDA regional charts. You can view the income and property requirements here:

http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov

Benefits of a
USDA Loan

  • As little as Zero Down Payment Available
  • Minimal Reserve Assets Requirement
  • Loan Program not Restricted to First Time Home-Buyers
  • Up-Front Guarantee Fee may be Financed

REFINANCE
OPTIONS

WHAT CAN REFINANCE DO FOR ME?

All terms of the prior loan obligation terminate when new financial funds pay off prior debt. The terms and conditions of a refinance vary widely based on the risk, product choice, credit worthiness of the borrower, and state of the property. Borrowers refinance their mortgage for various reasons:
Shorten your term, change your loan program, home improvements, cash out, debt consolidation, lower your rate, if your home's value has increased, eliminate mortgage insurance

Refinances are undertaken by borrowers to take advantage of market conditions, adjust their monthly budget, limit their exposure during financial difficulty, simplify debt management, or gain a tax advantage in certain situations.

Lowering your Payments

Decreasing monthly mortgage payments by lowering the interest rate or extending the loan term is a viable option with a refinance. If you are in the midst of a significant life change, or you want a lower rate for your mortgage, taking proactive steps to reduce your monthly debt obligation is a sound strategy. Starboard Financial has a full range of mortgage products and loan terms to empower home buyers with the ability to take control of their monthly payments.

Cash-Out Refinances

Cash-out refinances may not help lower your monthly mortgage payment or shorten your mortgage term, but additional cash is a useful resource. The equity (ownership) home buyers have established with their previous down payment and monthly mortgage payments can be retracted out of your home as currency for expenses. Many borrowers pull equity for home improvement, alleviating credit card debt and other debt consolidation. A cash-out refinance allows borrowers to see market value appreciation before the property is the sold. In some cases, when combined with a second mortgage, home buyers can refinance into a loan amount above traditional standards and keep the cash proceeds.

Home Equity Loans and
Lines of Credit

Financing major purchases through home equity loans may be a more practical way to make payments, rather than with cash, credit cards, or other types of financing. Consider a home equity loan or line of credit for:
  • Home Improvement: Improving a house can increase a home buyer’s overall quality of life, as well the home’s value. The increased value after renovation may be enough to offset the cost of the project.
  • A second home: If a buyer is in the market for a vacation home or investment property, the equity in their current residence can be a good source of funds for a down payment and closing costs.
  • Education: A home equity line of credit gives buyers the flexibility to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and other school related.
  • Big events: Life is full of big events with big price tags. Whether home buyers are looking forward to a wedding, a new baby, or a family trip to Hawaii, home equity loans can make financing easier.

Comparing Home Equity Loans
and Credit Lines

Do You Have Questions About Refinancing?

Take the first steps in a mortgage refinance by contacting a mortgage loan officer at Starboard Financial. We will answer any financial questions you may have, and you will be guided every step of the way. It’s that easy.

First Time
Home Buyers

Starboard Financial holds a special place for first-time home buyers in our company philosophy. Giving first-time home buyers the advice and knowledge to make an informed home buying decision is one of our truest pleasures. They are the lifeblood of the mortgage business, and exemplify one of the core aspects for why we formulated Starboard Financial. We have a plethora of real estate resources to help home buyers navigate the mortgage process for their first home purchase. The loan process can be overwhelming; it is our job to relieve as much of the stress as possible. Please consult these resources for help in your journey:

Your Journey Starts Here

MOST IMPORTANTLY – Reach out to us. Our dedicated, professional loan officers are here to answer any and all questions you may have. We are mortgage experts that have guided innumerable individuals just like you through the home buying process. You can trust us to support you – The Right Way.

You're not alone in this,
we are in this together.

Veteran Options

Starboard is a proud supporter of retired, reservist, and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, by providing easy access to home loans guaranteed through the Veterans’ Administration. The VA Home Loan can be utilized to purchase or build a home for personal occupancy or primary residence. Depending on when home buyers served, they may qualify for VA Home Loan Benefits with only 90 days of active duty, National Guard, or reservist service. Since VA Home Loans do not require a down payment, you can finance up to 100% of a home’s value and all you need is suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility, along with a copy of your DD-214 discharge form if you have separated from service. If you don’t have a current copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, Starboard Financial can work directly with the VA to help you obtain one.
  • Because the VA Home Loan is a benefit home buyers earn through service to our country, the VA has relaxed credit qualifying standards compared to non-veteran loan programs, so even if you have a prior Bankruptcy and/or Foreclosure, home buyers should speak with a mortgage loan officer who can guide you through the loan approval process. Furthermore, Veterans who receive disability benefits from the VA are exempt from the VA Guarantee Fee and mortgage insurance. This can result in significant payment savings when compared to non-veteran loan programs. Starboard Financial also offers great interest rates on VA refinance loans to Veterans who already own a home. Whether you are looking to access existing equity in your property to obtain cash back at closing, or simply desire to lower your existing interest rate and monthly mortgage payment, Starboard Financial is here to serve all home buyers. Give us a call today.
VA loans are partially guaranteed by the U.S. Veteran’s Administration; therefore, mortgage lenders are able to offer better terms and easier qualification standards. Some of the lowest down payment standards in the lending industry are available as VA financing. The VA aims to help supply housing to veterans in rural areas where financing can be difficult. In some cases, the seller is eligible to pay for all of a borrower’s closing costs, if they so choose.
Loan qualification is subject to a valid Certificate of Eligibility, including minimum service requirements provided by VA. Financing for a VA loan is limited to the purchase or refinance of the borrower’s owner-occupied primary residence. The benefit entitlement may be restored if the previous VA loan is sold and paid off in full. Borrowers should also be prepared to pay the VA Funding Fee. However, the funding fee may be financed into the overall loan amount and paid off though the life of the loan.

Benefits of a
VA Loan

  • No down payment*
  • No cash reserves
  • No application fee
  • No monthly mortgage insurance premiums
  • VA funding fee may be financed
  • Minimum down payments available
  • Zero down payment offered to disabled veterans
  • No Private Mortgage Insurance Necessary
  • No seller closing cost limitations
  • Basic Allowance for Housing eligible for loan payments
  • No early mortgage payment penalties
  • 1-4 unit primary residences with restrictions
  • VA assistance to veterans in default
  • May pay off some consumer debt with the refinance loan program**
  • Seller can pay certain closing costs thus decreasing the closing costs for the borrower
  • VA Funding Fee can be financed into the loan amount for reduced up-front costs
  • Benefits are Reusable
  • Available to veterans, reservists, active-duty personnel, and surviving spouses of veterans, based on military entitlement
  • *Up to 100% financing (based on VA lending limits) may be available for purchase loans and up to 90% for cash-out refinances. Gift funds or bond programs for closing cost assistance are allowed. **Please consult your financial advisor about the consolidation of short term debt into long term debt.

CONSTRUCTION LOANS

What is a Construction home loan?

  • A short term loan used to finance the cost of building a home. They are reflective of the time needed to build a home; typically ranging from six months to a year.

Requirements For Construction Loans

  • A notarized copy of the deed for the land you’re building on. If you’re buying the land, bring a copy of the purchase agreement.
  • Plans & specifications
  • Construction contract
  • Federal Tax Returns (1040s) for the last 2 years
  • Bank Statements from the last 2 months
  • Most recent pay stubs
  • W-2s from the past 2 years
  • Call Starboard Financial for prequalification

What are the Benefits?

  • Flexible construction terms available
  • Simple builder approval process
  • Interest-only payment during the construction phase
  • Wide variety of long term loan programs to choose from
Construction Loan Process

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The Loan Process

The Starboard Financial Loan Process was built around the needs of our purchase clients.

Starboard Financial would like to share our efficient loan process with potential home buyers. The diagram below provides a quick summary. Additional information for each step is provided as well. If you have any questions or would like further clarity, please feel free to contact us for more information.

1) Pre-Qualification
Pre-qualification is the process of providing your financial information, including income, debts, and assets so that your Starboard Financial Mortgage Loan Officer (LO) can give you an idea of the loan amount you can afford. Your credit report will be pulled at this stage to gather the most accurate measure of your current liabilities.
GET PRE QUALIFIED
2) Accepted Contract
Once you have an idea for the price range, go out and search for a new home. You can make an offer on a home through a purchase contract with your real estate agent. When you and a seller agree on a price, reach out to your mortgage loan officer to move forward with the process.
3) Sign Initial Loan Disclosures
Within days of delivering a fully executed contract to your Starboard loan officer, you will receive the initial loan disclosures. Most borrowers find it the most convenient to receive these documents through Starboard Financial’s fully secure online loan portal. However, you also have the option to have them delivered to you by mail. It is important that you review, sign, and return them as soon as you can because they expire after so many days. Reach out to your mortgage loan officer if you have any questions about what you are preparing to sign.
4) Loan Submission
After the initial signed disclosures are received by your loan officer, he or she will sort the disclosures and organize your financial information in an easily viewable format. Your mortgage loan officer will submit your loan information to the Starboard Financial Operation Center. You are eligible to lock-in loan terms at any point after this step.
5) Loan Acceptance and
Appraisal Order
Starboard’s Operations staff will do a quick review of your loan package to ensure everything was provided correctly by your loan officer. Once confirmed, your loan will be assigned to your personal Loan Processor or transaction coordinator. From this point forward, all communications will come from this specialized individual. Your appraisal will also be ordered at this point in the process to ensure it is completed as soon as possible. The appraiser will reach out to the home seller to schedule a time to complete the property inspection.
6) Initial Underwriting Review
Your Loan Processor will reach out to you to introduce him or herself and gather any remaining missing information prior to your initial in-depth loan review by a Starboard Financial Underwriter. Your Underwriter will analyze your financial situation against established guidelines. As this individual is the most knowledgeable of what your loan qualifications are, he or she is charged with ultimately deciding whether or not you are approved for the loan.
7) Conditional Loan Approval
If your financial situation and the subject property match the established guidelines, your underwriter will produce a loan approval letter. Most loan approval letters contain conditions which direct home buyers to provide a few remaining items to secure the mortgage for the property. You are encouraged to provide these remaining items as soon as possible so that we can send your loan on to close and ultimately get the funds for your purchase.
8) Processing and Meeting All
Loan Conditions
Your Loan Processor will communicate the loan decision and conditions to you. He or she will do their best to explain conditioned items as thoroughly as possible. If you have any questions or need additional clarity, feel free to reach out to them.
9) Prepare for Final Loan Submission
Once you provide all remaining conditioned items to your Loan Processor, he or she will organize your loan file one last time, input the appropriate data, and prepare to submit for your final loan approval.
10) Final Loan Submission
Your Loan Processor will notify your Underwriter that your loan file is ready for final review and approval. Your Underwriter will review the conditioned items along with the rest of your loan to ensure it is fully ready to deliver to the appropriate agency. You will receive a final loan approval letter when it's complete, clear of all credit and property stipulations.
11) Cleared to Close
Your Loan Processor will communicate and deliver your final loan approval letter to you. At this point, he or she will schedule your loan signing with the title company, attorneys, and all real estate agents. The Starboard Closing and Funding department will deliver all necessary information and documents to the title company before you arrive to sign.
12) Loan Signing
Arrive at the pre-determined location to sign your final loan documents. In some cases, a mobile notary will meet to sign your Closing Documents outside of the presence of the other parties. Your mortgage, note, and deed will appear in the closing package.
13) Loan Funding
Congratulations! Your loan has funded, meaning the loaned money has transferred from Starboard Financial to the property seller. The transaction is now complete. The keys to the property will be released for your new home!
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1) Pre-Qualification
Pre-qualification is the process of providing your financial information, including income, debts, and assets so that your Starboard Loan Officer (LO) can give you an idea of the loan amount you can afford. Your credit report will be pulled at this stage to gather the most accurate measure of your current liabilities.
GET PRE QUALIFIED
2) Accepted Contract
Once you are armed with an idea for the housing price range you can afford, go out and search for your new home. You can make an offer on a home through an executed purchase contract with your real estate agent. When you and a seller agree on a price, reach out to your LO to move the process forward.
3) Sign Initial Loan Disclosures
Within days of delivering your fully executed contract to your Starboard LO, you will receive your initial loan disclosures. Most borrowers find it the most convenient to receive these documents through Starboard’s fully secure online loan portal. However, you also have the option to have them delivered to you by mail. It is important that you review, sign, and return them as soon as you can because they expire after so many days. Reach out to your LO if you have any questions about what you are preparing to sign.
4) Loan Submission
After your initial signed disclosures are received by your LO, he or she will sort them and organize your financial information in such a way that they are most easily viewed. Your LO will submit your loan information to the Starboard Operations Center. You are eligible to lock-in your loan terms at any point after this step.
5) Loan Acceptance and
Appraisal Order
Starboard’s Operations staff will do a quick review of your loan package to ensure everything was provided correctly by your LO. Once confirmed, your loan will be assigned to your personal Loan Processor or transaction coordinator. From this point forward all communications will come from this specialized individual. Your appraisal will also be ordered at this point in the process to ensure it is completed as soon as possible. The appraiser will reach out to the home seller to schedule a time to complete the property inspection.
6) Initial Underwriting Review
Your Loan Processor will reach out to you to introduce him or herself and gather any remaining missing information prior to your initial in-depth loan review by a Starboard Underwriter. Your Underwriter will analyze your financial situation against established guidelines. As this individual is the most knowledgeable of what your loan qualifications are, he or she is charged with ultimately decided whether or not you are approved for the loan.
7) Conditional Loan Approval
If your financial situation and the subject property are a match against the established guidelines, your underwriter will produce a loan approval letter for you. Most loan approval letters contain conditions which direct you to provide a few remaining items to secure the mortgage for your property. You are encouraged to provide these remaining items as soon as possible so that we can send your loan on to close and ultimately get the funds for your purchase.
8) Processing and Meeting All
Loan Conditions
Your Loan Processor will communicate the loan decision and conditions to you. He or she will do their best to explain conditioned items as thoroughly as possible. If you have any questions or need additional clarity, feel free to reach out to them.
9) Prepare for Final Loan Submission
Once you provide all remaining conditioned items to your Loan Processor, he or she will organize your loan file one last time, input the appropriate data, and prepare to submit for your final loan approval.
10) Final Loan Submission
Your Loan Processor will notify your Underwriter that your loan file is ready for final review and approval. Your Underwriter will review the conditioned items along with the rest of your loan to ensure it is fully ready to deliver to the appropriate agency. You will receive a final loan approval letter when complete that is clear of all credit and property stipulations.
11) Cleared to Close
Your Loan Processor will communicate and deliver your final loan approval letter to you. At this point, he or she will schedule your loan signing with you, the title company, attorneys, and all real estate agents. The Starboard Closing and Funding department will deliver all necessary information and documents to the title company before you arrive to sign.
12) Loan Signing
Arrive at the pre-determined location to sign your final loan documents. In some cases, a mobile notary will meet you to sign your Closing Documents outside of the presence of the other parties. Your mortgage, note, and deed will appear in the closing package.
13) Loan Funding
Congratulations! Your loan has funded, meaning your loaned money has transferred from Starboard to the property seller. The transaction is now complete. The keys to the property will be released to you for you to enjoy your new home!
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Please note that in a Refinance transaction, the Pre-Qualification and Accepted Contract stages will be omitted, otherwise the Purchase and Refinance loan processes are the same.

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