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FAQs

FAQs

Whether it’s your first time buying a home or you’re experienced in real estate, there’s lots to think about when making a home purchase. Here’s some of the questions we often receive about the home-buying process.

Can I buy a home for what I am paying in rent?

There are many variables to consider when answering this question. First you need to take a look at your income, your monthly expenses, your credit score and the amount you have saved for a down payment. All of these factors will be very important when trying to determine the mortgage you can afford. Your credit score and the size of your down payment will be the main factors in determining how much you will pay each month. You’ll also want to consider factors outside of the mortgage payments, such as maintenance, updates and repairs as well as the tax benefits of home ownership.

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What loan is the best option for me?

The best way to determine which type of loan will work best for you is to sit down with a loan officer. They can walk you through the options and determine what makes the most sense for your needs and goals. Check out our mortgage types page to get an idea of some of your options and then contact one of our loan officers to set a time to meet. Even if you’re not ready to buy a home just yet, they can answer your questions and walk you through the different types of loans so you’re prepared when you do decide to buy.

Will I even qualify for a loan?

In order to qualify for a loan you will need to have stable, provable, monthly income, have good credit and have a down payment saved, generally at least 3.5% of the home purchase price. If you don’t know if you can save for your down payment, we offer grant funds and down payment assistance to qualified home loan customers.

If you are interested in refinancing your current mortgage, you will need to have some equity in your home and be able to prove your ability to repay the loan. You will also need to have the funds to pay closing costs.

How much can I qualify for?

To determine how much you will qualify for, our loan officers will look at your income, your credit and how much you have saved for your down payment. To get an estimate of the amount you could qualify for, try our home loan qualification calculator.

Can my partner and I apply for a loan together if we are not married?

Yes you can. You do not have to be married to qualify for a home loan together.

I just got divorced; can I still apply for a loan?

Yes you can. You would just need to qualify for the loan with your income alone.

Do I have to be a Washington Trust Bank customer to get a home loan from there?

No. We offer home loans to all qualified buyers.

Do I need to have perfect credit?

No. Your credit history will not be the sole deciding factor in the loan qualification process, but it is very important. It can affect your interest rate and it will determine the type of loan program you will be offered. Great credit helps, but even if your credit is not perfect you may still qualify.

How much of a down payment do I need?

You may be able to get into a new home with as little as 3.5% of the purchase price for your down payment but most buyers will need to put 20% down.

How long do I need to be in my job to get a loan?

As long as you have been in your job for 12 months or in the same career field for 12 months, you may qualify for a home loan.

Can I apply online?

Yes. Call us at 800.788.4578 with any questions as you go through the process.

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Who will work with me?

A local Washington Trust Bank Home Loan Officer will work with you from start to finish.

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Can I make my payments at a branch?

If you choose a loan program that is serviced by Washington Trust Bank, you can make the payments at a branch.

Will you sell my loan?

We may sell your loan, but we offer you a choice during the application process. Generally, if we sell your loan then you will obtain better pricing, but you may prefer to keep all of your business with Washington Trust Bank.

How will it impact me if you sell my loan?

You will receive an instruction letter notifying you of the sale. This will include information on where to make your payment if your loan is sold. You will likely begin making payments to them on your second payment. Selling your loan will not impact the terms of the loan.