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Real Estate/Mortgage Loans

Our helpful financing allows you to be the architect of your future, providing you with the key to unlocking benefits such as financial security, sizable tax advantages and peace of mind. And we do it all with no hidden costs or fees.

For a refinance or a new home purchase, in addition to our easy online application, we offer the ability to monitor our low daily rates, and an extensive mortgage question and answer resource page.

As a full-service Real Estate lender, we’re here to help you achieve your dreams. We offer a complete range of real estate loans, including fixed and variable rate options, and even Jumbo Loans. Your existing mortgage loan can also be refinanced, all with favorable rates and a friendly application process.

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Find your house, we’ll help you with the rest. We even provide FREE Pre-Qualification for purchases and FREE Mortgage Analysis for refinancing.

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Based on Your Needs, Not Ours

We recognize that your situation and needs are unique, so we offer a wide variety of home loans and services. All based on flexibility, simplicity, and speed. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer, on hiatus from a production or self-employed, chances are we can design a home loan that’s perfect for you. Even first time homebuyers will find that First Entertainment makes it easy – and rewarding – as possible.

Popular Home Loan Programs

  • Low, competitive rates.
  • NO application fees – Never, Ever … because you’re a member.
  • Maximum loan amount up to $3,000,000.
  • 10-, 15-, 20-, or 30-year Fixed-rate loans available.
  • HYBRID Loans: A competitive introductory rate for 3, 5 or 7 years. Converts to an adjustable rate at the end of the introductory period with annual adjustment and no negative amortization.
  • NO negative amortization (annual & lifetime rate caps are dependent on loan type).
  • Purchases of primary and secondary homes, or investment properties.
  • Cash out refinances on primary residence, second and vacation homes or investment properties.
  • 45-Day escrow close available.

Low Rates, Great Benefits

When you consider a lender for your new home purchase or refinance, there are a lot of factors to consider. Compare their current rates, available programs, escrow lengths and the fees that may be associated with your loan. These are the areas where First Entertainment shines. For example:

  • Free rate locks: offered with refinance pre-qualification or with submission of accepted purchase offer.
  • Free pre-qualification for purchase.
  • Free mortgage analysis for refinancing.
  • No application fee.
  • No points programs available.

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Regardless of the program you choose, First Entertainment has competitive rate financing that's just right for you. Not only that, but whether you're buying – or selling – a home, our Cashback Real Estate Rebate Program can pair you with a realtor to find you the perfect home, and get you up to thousands in cash rebates. Click here to find out more about Cashback.

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Not only can you get a great home rebate when you use Cashback, but you also have a knowledgeable First Team® Real Estate Agent working with you every step of the way plus access to online decision support tools and value-added services!

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Financial Education Makes it Easier

  • First Trust Deed FAQs

    What number do I call if I have questions regarding my existing First (Trust Deed) Mortgage with First Entertainment ?
    If you have questions, or would like additional information on your existing First Trust Deed with First Entertainment, please call 877-498-9409. Questions regarding new Mortgages, Seconds, and HELOCs should call 888-800-3328.

    Where do I mail my First (Trust Deed) Mortgage payments?
    For First Trust Deeds only, please mail your payment to:

    First Entertainment Credit Union
    Post Office Box 7168
    Pasadena CA 91109-7168

    Can I Pay Off My Loan Faster than the Stated Term?
    Yes, and you’ll save on finance charges. You can pay off your loan faster either by making larger payments than the minimum required, or making more than 12 full payments a year.

    Is There a Pre-Payment Penalty?
    There may be a pre-payment penalty on some loan products. Please verify with a Loan Advisor if there is a pre-payment penalty on the specific loan product you are interested in obtaining. Regardless of if a pre-payment penalty applies, when a loan is paid off, a fee for the reconveyance of the deed of trust will be charged.

    Is a Credit Union Loan Assumable?
    No, the person buying your property cannot assume your loan.

    Does the Credit Union Require an Impound Account?
    Only if you are financing more than eighty percent (80%) of the appraised value of the property or the sales price, whichever is less. Also, an impound account may be required if you do not make timely payments for taxes, assessments, insurance premiums, or other items which affect the Credit Union's security interest in the property.

    Is Flood Insurance Required?
    If the property is in an area designated as having special flood hazards and in which the sale of flood insurance is available, the insurance is required.

    Is Mortgage Insurance Required?
    Only if you are financing more than 80% of the appraised value or the sales price of the property, whichever is less.

    How Long Does it Take to Fund a Credit Union Real Estate Loan?
    Although processing time may vary, typically it takes 30 days to process your loan. However, the Credit Union can usually give you a prequalification for your loan within 48 hours.

    Is There Any Charge if I Cancel the Loan After Applying, but Before Any Rescission Period?
    You may be charged for any third party costs incurred by the credit union. In most cases, third party costs would be the fees for appraisal and the credit report.

    Are These All of the Possible Questions I Could Be Asking Regarding First Trust Deeds?
    Absolutely not. But we were getting close to filling up the Internet and we figured that smart people like you would call us at 888-800-3328 to find out more information, or perhaps to apply.

  • Common Real Estate Terms

    This glossary is for further understanding of real-estate terminology and is not comprehensive or intended to define all essential and necessary aspects of real estate loans. If you think it is… you’re sadly mistaken. But it’s a start. Have more questions? Call our Real Estate lending department at 888-800-3328 or 323-845-4411.

    Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)
    In this type of real estate loan, following an initial interest period, the interest rate is adjusted annually based on the movements of a selected index. The adjustments will usually result in an increase or decrease in the monthly payment. Adjustable Rate Mortgages are also known as Adjustable Mortgage Loans (AMLs) or Variable Rate Mortgages (VRMs).

    Amortization
    The means by which a home loan is scheduled to paid off, including principal and interest, by a series of regular installment payments. Loans are typically amortized over 30 years.

    Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
    The APR is a shopping tool that denotes the true cost of credit expressed as a yearly rate. It takes into account the interest rate as well as other charges, such as points, prepaid interest, etc.

    Application Fee
    A charge, often non-refundable, made by a lender to cover the cost of processing your application. The credit union does not charge an application fee.

    Appraised Value
    The estimated market value of the property as determined by a professional appraiser.

    Assumability
    If a loan is assumable, you are permitted to transfer your mortgage and its specified terms to the person(s) purchasing your home. The ability to assume fixed and variable rate loans varies from lender to lender. Real Estate loans at the credit union are not assumable.

    Bi-Weekly Mortgage
    A mortgage on which payments are due and payable every two weeks. Since a total of twenty-six bi-weekly payments (equivalent to 13 monthly payments) are made annually, loans of this type are paid off more quickly than loans requiring twelve monthly payments per year. (At this time, First Entertainment does not offer this mortgage type.)

    Cap
    A limit, expressed as a percentage, on the amount the interest rate on a Variable Rate loan can increase or decrease, either during each adjustment period (periodic cap) or during the life of the loan (overall cap). This term may also refer to the amount the payment can go up (payment cap) at each adjustment interval. However, payment caps do not limit the amount of interest the lender is earning and may cause negative amortization.

    Deed of Trust
    The legal instrument signed by the borrower to secure a real estate loan.

    Demand
    Written instructions by a beneficiary under a deed of trust stating and demanding the amount necessary for issuance of a reconveyance.

    Disclosure
    Information regarding the loan, which the lender is required by law to give to a borrower.

    Down Payment
    The cash portion of the purchase price that is paid from the buyers own funds.

    Equity
    The difference between the price at which the home could be sold and the amount of the balance due on the first mortgage (and any other liens on the property).

    Escrow
    A neutral third party appointed to act as custodian for all documents and funds until the buyer and seller meet all requirements.

    First Trust Deed
    The mortgage that has first priority over any other lienholder in the event of a default on the loan or foreclosure on the property.

    Fixed Rate Loan
    A loan where the interest rate in effect at the time the loan is made remains the same over the life of the loan.

    Impound Account
    An interest-earning savings account (held by the lender) for accumulating the portion of a borrower's monthly payments designated for future payment of taxes, insurance, fees, assessments, etc. The lender then disburses funds from the impound account to make these payments.

    Index
    A measure of the general movement of interest rates which a lender uses to calculate how much the interest rate will change for that institution's variable rate loans.

    Indexed Rate
    In a Variable Rate loan program, it's the rate that takes effect after the initial discounted period expires. This rate is calculated by adding the current value of the index to the margin or spread.

    Initial Rate
    An interest rate for the first 6 or 12 months of a variable rate loan, that is usually lower than the fully indexed rate.

    Legal Description
    The description of the property as listed in the county records.

    Margin or Spread
    An amount, expressed as a percentage, which is added to the index to determine the interest rate on a variable rate loan.

    Mortgage
    A lien held by the lender against the borrower's real property in return for funds borrowed to purchase the property

    Negative Amortization
    A situation that may occur when a variable rate loan has a "payment cap" feature. Since this limits how much your payment can increase during an adjustment, your adjusted payment may not be enough to cover the total amount of interest due. In this case, the unpaid interest would be added to your unpaid principal loan balance.

    Negative “Vibe”
    What you might give off to the Mortgage Lender if you come in on a day where you have a really bad attitude. Heck, the Mortgage Lender could even do that to you, but we don’t think that’s gonna’ happen – ‘cause this is First Entertainment! By the way… we just threw this one in here to see if you were reading these terms.

    Points
    A point is a pre-paid finance charge equal to 1% of the principal amount of the loan, and is payable at the close of escrow. For example, two points charged on a $100,000 loan would equal $2,000.

    Pre-Paid Interest
    The interest that accrues on the mortgage from the date of settlement to the beginning of the period covered by the first periodic payment.

    Pre-Paid Penalty
    An additional fee charged to the borrower under some loan agreements (usually a fixed-rate loan) if the loan is paid off prior to the end of the loan term.

    Principal
    The amount of the loan, excluding interest.

    Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
    Insurance on a real estate loan to protect the lender from loss if the borrower defaults on the mortgage and the lender forecloses on the property.

    Reconveyance
    An instrument used to transfer title from a trustee to the equitable owner of real estate, when title is held as collateral security for debt. Most commonly used upon payment in full of a trust deed.

    Refinance
    Negotiation of a new loan in order to pay off an existing loan. Homes are usually refinanced to take advantage of lower interest rates, switch from one loan type to another (e.g. variable to fixed), or generate cash from equity. Since refinancing usually involves new loan costs, these costs must be weighed against the benefits to be gained.

    Residential Mortgage Credit Report
    Detailed account of credit, employment, residence, and public record from three national repositories.

    Secondary Mortgage Market
    The buying and selling of first or second mortgages on deeds of trusts by banks, insurance companies, government agencies, and other mortgagees (ie. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae).

    Settlement Costs
    Also referred to as Closing Costs, these are costs incurred by the seller and the buyer in transferring title to the property from one to the other, or at refinance. They typically include such things as property tax, insurance, broker's fees, escrow fees, title insurance premium, deed recording fee, etc. Escrow instructions will stipulate which portion of the fees are to be paid by buyer or seller.

    Sub-Escrow Fee
    Processing fee charged by a title company to calculate the amount needed to pay off an existing real estate loan. The title company would then issue a check to the lender to pay off that loan.

    Tax Service
    Outside service that tracks member's property taxes in order to verify that the taxes are being paid.

    Term
    The number of years before your loan is scheduled to be paid off (15 or 30 year terms are most common).

    Title Insurance
    An insurance policy protecting the individuals claiming an interest in the property (such as the borrower and lender) against loss resulting from any encumbrances not identified by the Title Company in their Preliminary Title Report.

Housing Counselors

Housing counselors can provide professional advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. Should you choose to use a housing counselor, it’s important to find a counselor who’s approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and can offer independent advice about whether a particular set of mortgage loan terms is a good fit based on your objectives and circumstances, often at little or no cost to you.

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Collateral Protection

  • For questions about Collateral Protection Insurance on your existing First Entertainment 1st Mortgage Loan, please contact our Mortgage Service Center at 877-498-9409.
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