1. There is no simple formula to determine the type of mortgage that is best for you. This choice depends on a number of factors, including your current financial picture and how long you intend to keep your house. Our mortgage lenders can help you evaluate your choices and help you make the most appropriate decision.

  2. With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate stays the same during the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest changes periodically, typically in relation to an index. While the monthly payments that you make with a fixed-rate mortgage are relatively stable, payments on an ARM loan will likely change. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of mortgage, and the best way to select a loan product is by talking to us.

  3. The amount of cash that is necessary depends on a number of items. Generally speaking, though, you will need to supply:

    • Earnest Money: The deposit that is supplied when you make an offer on the house.
    • Down Payment: A percentage of the cost of the home that is due at settlement.
    • Closing Costs: Costs associated with processing paperwork to purchase or refinance a home.
    • Reserves: Monthly portion of taxes and insurance set aside to establish escrow accounts, if applicable.
  4. Generally speaking, you can purchase a home with a value of two or three times your annual household income. However, the amount that you can borrow will also depend upon your employment history, credit history, current savings and debts, and the amount of down payment you are willing to make. You may also be able to take advantage of special loan programs for first time buyers to purchase a home with a higher value. We can help you determine exactly how much you can afford.

  5. An index is an economic indicator that lenders use to set the interest rate for an ARM. Generally, the interest rate that you pay is a combination of the index rate and a pre-specified margin. Three commonly used indices are the One-Year Treasury Bill, the Cost of Funds of the 11th District Federal Home Loan Bank (COFI), and the London InterBank Offering Rate (LIBOR).

  6. For most homeowners, the monthly mortgage payments include three separate parts:

    • Principal: Repayment on the amount borrowed.
    • Interest: Payment to the lender for the amount borrowed.
    • Taxes and Insurance: Monthly payments are normally made into a special escrow account for items like hazard insurance, property taxes and monthly mortgage insurance, if applicable. Otherwise, the fees will be paid by you directly to the County Tax Assessor and property insurance company.
    • Private Mortgage Insurance: if applicable, to the monthly payment schedule
  7. If you have a request for information or believe there is an error with your loan, please write to us:

    First National Bank

    ATTN: Credit Department

    P.O. Box 289

    Pulaski, TN 38478

    Please include the following information in your letter:

    • Your name
    • Home address
    • Loan account number
    • Specific details of the request or error