IF YOU ARE FINANCING A HOUSE THROUGH USAA--LOCK IN the INTEREST RATE!
User DonnaTroyanowski (Opens a pop up layer) Contributor
We used USAA to buy our home. We use USAA for most things and we are typically VERY PLEASED with our coverage and the customer service.
I do just want to advise anyone who attempts to get a home loan to be sure that the person they deal with on the phone on the day they call to start an application for a home loan actually LOCKS IN THE RATE that is current. This may apply to all banks, but I know it hurt us when dealing with USAA.
It seems pretty obvious, but when we called back just a day or two later to talk to the person working on our loan application about our intended purchase, he said he had forgotten to lock in our expected rate (4.5%) and so the best he could do was that day's rate--4.75%.
I was new to home buying, interest rates, the whole process. I didn't even understand how significant this error was at the time. And the person working with us was, I believe, genuinely apologetic and even embarassed to tell us that there was no way he could go back to the previous interest rate.
So we pressed on. And I don't think about what this mistake cost me very often, but I do advise people to make sure they get the rate that is motivating them to make that call and start that application.
User Eskie Girl (Opens a pop up layer) Contributor