Richard List

Our Promise

At Cherry Creek Mortgage, there are no gimmicks. We value people above all else. We believe the best mortgage outcomes start with the best people.

For every customer and partner who walks through the door, we make this promise and we stick to it.

Our Vision

We play a significant role in serving America’s home ownership needs. In this process, we aspire to meet and exceed your expectations by delivering specialized services to help you find the right loan that meets your specific needs. We strongly believe, that this kind of service should be the standard for excellence in the mortgage industry.

Good words from clients

  • Richard List is an excellent representative of your company, he is professional and has great knowledge in his job. He went the extra mile to help my wife and I out with the original loan and now the re-finance of our home. Thank you very much!!!!!
    Justin P. Home Owner
  • I want to Thank You for the exceptional service you provided me and my wife in the refinancing arrangements made for the first and second mortgages on our home. We were referred to you after unsatisfactory service from our bank, where we originated our mortgage loans. You made every possible accommodation to us providing the lowest closing cost possible and I know you made some individual sacrifices in assisting us in this effort and we Thank You!
    Richard R. Home Owner
  • Richard List was amazing. He was very informative, worked quickly for us and was just an all around nice man to have worked with. We have nothing but positive things to say about him and the Company. Thank you for everything and for making this process so smooth for us.
    Jeremiah and Kristy S. Home Buyers
  • The individuals my wife and I dealt with throughout this process went above and beyond their duties to ensure we were able to obtain the best deal that we could. Due to this type of service we received, our next home purchase will be through Rich at Cherry Creek Mortgage as well. My family and I are extremely satisfied with everything everyone has done to assist us in purchasing our first home. Thanks again for all the support and assistance!
    Darrel M. Home Buyer
  • Mr. List was absolutely the best. We were extremely happy with how quickly he worked on our loan and how diligent he was helping us.
    Timothy P. Home Buyer
  • Rich, you were awesome to work with. Not only did you go above and beyond when answering our mortgage/finance questions, you took the time to answer general questions I had about the area and gave me straight forward answers. Thanks for making me feel comfortable when speaking to you and not just making this a business transaction.
    Trevino Family Home Buyers
  • Anytime we hear of someone we know who is interested in purchasing a home we always tell them to call Cherry Creek and ask for Rich.
    Travis R. Home Buyer

FAQ

How do your loan officers get paid?

Our loan officers are paid from the loan itself. Cherry Creek Mortgage has relationships with many investors so we are able to customize products to fit your needs. Since we have access to a multitude of products and investors, it gives us the ability to find you the right loan, not just any loan. Our loan officers work with your financial goals in mind and customize a package, program, or solution for you.

Why can some lenders offer lower rates than others?

Not everybody qualifies for the same mortgage rates. If you think about the times you have applied for a loan, you’ll remember that the interest rate the lender gave you was partly determined by your credit score, your debt to income ratio, and the amount of money you were planning to put down on the loan. These are some of the strongest factors that influence rates (though they’re not the only ones).

While home buyer John might qualify for a mortgage rate of 5% based on his credit score and other risk factors, home buyer Jane may only qualify for a rate of 6.25%. The offers you receive will be based on various factors, in addition to your credit score.

Much of it has to do with risk. Lenders typically use risk-based pricing models when assigning interest rates. Simply put, this means they charge more interest for riskier borrowers (those with bad credit, high debt ratios, etc.). Low-risk borrowers, on the other hand, typically pay less over time by securing a lower rate.

Why do I have to submit so much paperwork?

We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the bank for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the bank needs to know everything about us and requires three separate sources to validate each-and-every entry on the application form.

Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was a hundred times easier when they bought their home ten to twenty years ago.

There are two very good reasons that the loan process is much more onerous on today’s buyer than perhaps any time in history.

  1. The government has set new guidelines that now demand that the bank prove beyond any doubt that you are indeed capable of affording the mortgage.

During the run-up in the housing market, many people ‘qualified’ for mortgages that they could never pay back. This led to millions of families losing their home. The government wants to make sure this can’t happen again.

  1. The banks don’t want to be in the real estate business.

Over the last seven years, banks were forced to take on the responsibility of liquidating millions of foreclosures and also negotiating another million plus short sales. Just like the government, they don’t want more foreclosures. For that reason, they need to double (maybe even triple) check everything on the application.

However, there is some good news in the situation. The housing crash that mandated that banks be extremely strict on paperwork requirements also allows you to get a mortgage interest rate as low as 3.43%, the latest reported rate from Freddie Mac.

The friends and family who bought homes ten or twenty years ago experienced a simpler mortgage application process but also paid a higher interest rate (the average 30 year fixed rate mortgage was 8.12% in the 1990’s and 6.29% in the 2000’s). If you went to the bank and offered to pay 7% instead of less than 4%, they would probably bend over backwards to make the process much easier.

Bottom Line

Instead of concentrating on the additional paperwork required, let’s be thankful that we are able to buy a home at historically low rates.

Why does it take so long to get a loan?

There are some common scenarios that can lead to a longer processing time. Here are some factors that might cause a mortgage lender to take a relatively long time with processing.

  1. New mortgage rules require more verification.

In 2014, a new set of mortgage rules took effect, and they’ve had an impact on how lenders originate home loans. The Ability-to-Repay rule, for example, requires mortgage companies to thoroughly verify and document a borrower’s financial ability to repay the loan. As a result of these and other government regulations, mortgage lenders might take a long time to process and approve loans (longer than in the past, anyway.)

  1. There are lots of players and paperwork involved.

When you apply for a home loan, your application and paperwork might pass through the hands of half-a-dozen different people (or even more, if you use one of the “big banks”). Loan officers, processors and underwriters, oh my! And additional documents might be requested at each stage. Think of a snowball getting larger as it rolls downhill.

This is another reason why mortgage lenders can take a long time when processing loans. There are many steps in the process, many documents to review, and several different people involved.

Granted, some lenders have made big advancements with streamlining in recent years. This is especially true for those companies that put an emphasis on technology, web-based applications, and the like. But by and large, it’s still a cumbersome process with lots of paperwork along the way.

  1. Underwriters often request additional documents.

Home loan applications go through several screening processes. Underwriting is the most intense review. This is when the mortgage lender’s underwriter (or underwriting department) reviews all paperwork relating to the loan, the borrower, and the property being purchased.

Underwriters often request additional documents during this stage, including letters of explanation from the borrower. It’s another reason why mortgage lenders take so long to approve loans.

  1. Home appraisals and title searches can delay the process.

In a standard residential real estate transaction, the buyer’s mortgage lender will have the home appraised to determine its current market value. Additionally, a title company will usually step in to verify the seller’s right to sell (and transfer ownership of) the property.

Sometimes these things go smoothly — other times they don’t. For instance, the appraiser might decide the home is worth less than what the buyer has agreed to pay (in the purchase agreement). This can delay or even derail the mortgage process. The title company might have to find and fix problems relating to the title. All of this can make the process take longer.

Sometimes It All Goes Smoothly Let’s end on a positive note. I don’t want to give you the false impression that mortgage lending is always a slow process. Sometimes it moves quickly and smoothly, with no hang-ups or obstacles along the way.

Some lenders can process an application and approve a borrower in 7 – 10 days. This is especially true when there are no underwriting issues or conditions to resolve.

But if the mortgage company has a backlog of applications, and/or the borrower has a host of financial and paperwork issues, it can take a relatively longer time.