Frequently Asked Questions

How do I win a home in a competitive market?

You are competing with many other qualified homebuyers, which means that if you want to win your dream home, you are going to need an edge.

One way you can do that is by applying for mortgage pre-approval. Your pre-approval letter tells sellers if you can afford to purchase their homes.

Something else you can do is work with a mortgage company that has a rapid, smooth loan process you can depend on.

Ascend Mortgage can close up to 29 days faster than average.

By speeding along the process, we make it more likely that you can get in ahead of the average homebuyer.

How do I make my down payment as a move-up buyer?

As a move-up buyer, you may find yourself in a position where you are trying to put a down payment on a new home before you finish selling your current home.

The easiest way to get the financing you need is to apply for a bridge loan. This short-term loan will allow you to make your down payment before you sell your home.

You can then pay off the bridge loan quickly and easily using the profits from the sale of the home.

Bridge loans are among our specialties at Ascend Mortgage. We have helped move-up buyers around the country win the home of their dreams with quick funding, and can do the same for you.

What are your mortgage rates?

The mortgage rates we can offer you depend on your individual qualifications. When you apply, we will assess your credit score, debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, and income.

What credit score do I need to purchase a home?

Individual factors go into determining the minimum credit score, such as the type of financing you are applying for.

But you do not need perfect credit to buy a home. Loan programs such as FHA, VA and USDA receive backing from government agencies to offset the risk associated with less-than-ideal credit scores.

That means that these programs are easy to qualify for and still offer affordable rates.

How much can I borrow?

The amount you are allowed to borrow to purchase a home depends on your borrower qualifications and the specific type of mortgage product you apply for.

For example, conventional conforming loans are subject to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits.

But with a jumbo mortgage, you can borrow above these limits if you meet the qualification criteria for approval.

What down payment do I need?

The amount you require for your down payment is likewise based on the type of home loan and your qualifications.

The higher your income and credit score, the lower your down payment might feasibly be.

There are certain types of mortgages you can apply for that feature low or no down payment even if your credit score is less than perfect.

FHA mortgages are available with low down payments to borrowers with a minimum credit score of 500-580.

VA mortgages and USDA mortgages do not require a down payment for qualifying homebuyers.

What geographical area do you serve?

Our offices are in Michigan and Florida.

See What Our Clients Are Saying About Us!

Maddy Jonas
Maddy Jonas
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This was my third house purchase, and by far, it was the first time that I felt like a mortgage company was on my side. Being an out of state buyer and doing everything over video, email and phone, we were depending on reliable, honest information. Sean was an indispensable factor, in helping us narrow down our options. We did not know that Michigan’s property tax environment would be one of the key factors in our purchase. With Sean’s advice, we were able to see the clear choice. This type of insight is what every buyer needs. Everyone at Ascend Mortgage (Sean, Maria and Ben) helped make this virtual buying experience a reality. Choose this company if you want genuine service from people who have your back. Thank you Ascend Mortgage!
Nicole Standard
Nicole Standard
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Trevor Cox
Trevor Cox
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If you are looking for a rockstar team to help with your lending needs, then reach to Sean and his team at Ascend Mortgage! Through every step of the process they were always there for us if we had questions and were very knowledgeable about market conditions. Their team was on top of everything in which helped us close fast! I have worked with this team twice in the past 5 years and would recommend anyone to them!
Zachary Wagner
Zachary Wagner
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My wife and I just purchased our first home and worked directly with Sean, Ben, and Maria. We had many questions and each of them on separate occasions reached out quickly and were a major help to us. We highly recommend using Ascend Mortgage as they are very smart and more than capable of going the extra mile for there customers!
Britney Glowe
Britney Glowe
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The team at Ascend Mortgage was so great to work with. They communicated quickly and efficiently, and helped make the entire process smooth and easy to navigate.
Brooke Busse
Brooke Busse
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This company is amazing! They did everything possible to make sure I was in the best position to have an amazing offer on a house. The lender would call the listing agent and send him videos on my behalf. On top of that, they were able to close on my house in 20 days. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to buy a house.
Maya LaFlamme
Maya LaFlamme
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Our realtor recommended Sean at Ascend Mortgage along with a couple of other local lenders. We ultimately chose Sean because the platform and website was extremely user friendly. Honestly, we couldn’t have picked a better lender as first time home buyers. Sean answered all of our questions before we even asked. He is so knowledgeable, warm and treated this process with so much care. At no point did we feel ignorant, abandoned or judged. Even when we had to talk about our finances (my credit score was very, very low) I didn’t feel shame or embarrassment. Sean came up with a plan that helped my credit and put us in a position for a potentially better interest rate in the future. Ben and Maria put in so much administrative work and answered all of our questions quickly and kindly. I loved how easy the portal was to upload our documents and see when they’re been reviewed and accepted. Every step of the way Ben, Maria and Sean kept us in the loop and was clear about the pace in which we should do things without making us feel rushed and stressed. Every step of the way Ben, Maria and Sean kept us in the loop and was clear about the pace in which we should do things without making us feel rushed and stressed. Maria and Ben especially showed up strong during the underwriting process. We had a grant and they were incredible juggling the needs and priorities of our funder and the lender.All in all, this experience was amazing and easeful. I would use Ascend again, again and again.
Sean Chamberlain and his team did a great job assisting us with a home loan! Sean in particular did an excellent job explaining and assisting with every step in the process. We found his use of video messages very helpful.
Denise Roe
Denise Roe
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This is our 7th home purchase and I can say, without a doubt, Ascend mortgage was by far the best mortgage company we have ever worked with. Sean was phenomenal to work with and extremely knowledgeable on financial planning and strategy. Thank you to the Ascend team!
Jeff Roe
Jeff Roe
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Sean and his team did a fantastic job handling our mortgage for our vacation home in Michigan. He was extremely easy to work with and explained everything along the way, making this a very painless process for us. I can't recommend Sean and his team at Ascend Mortgage enough!
Thomas Parkhill
Thomas Parkhill
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I have had the pleasure of working with Ascend Mortgage and Sean Chamberlain previously. This year I had the privilege of working with Sean's assistant, Maria Janiszewska-Chamberlain and Operations Manager, Ben Daiek, who helped me get everything electrically signed, and ready to go to the Transnation Title Company in Clarkston. Ben was extremely helpful and very patient with an old guy who is not very sharp with new technology on my computer and cell phone. Ben also delivered my documents to my residence.I don't know about other mortgage companies, but I would highly recommend Ascend Mortgage LLC with Sean Chamberlain and his team with Maria and Ben for a wonderful experience my wife, Cindi and myself received.Thomas H. Parkhill
We absolutely loved working with the team at Ascend! We wouldn’t have gotten our home in this competitive market without the speed with which they could promise to process our mortgage. They were also incredibly friendly, professional, and easy to work with. We had an amazing experience. 10/10!
Drake Jarmon
Drake Jarmon
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Working with Sean and his team was extremely easy! Very professional and quick to respond. Always available, day or night, to answer any questions that we had. Up to date technology!! Highly recommend for the purchase or refinancing of your home.
Stefan Anderson
Stefan Anderson
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Great experience overall. They took a personal approach to educate us on our home buying journey to ensure we knew what to expect to aid us in our decision process.
Tony Yancey
Tony Yancey
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Wes Evans
Wes Evans
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I met Sean chamberlain and his excellent team during at service call at his office.After talking about the results of his AC diagnosis we began talking about life and finances Sean is very easy to talk too and has great advice for first time and longtime homeowners.When it comes to making financial decisions I HiGHLY recommend Sean and his team at ascend mortgage to anyone looking to refinance there home.Anytime I had a question either him or his team were right there to make sure I had an answer quickly
Ashlynn Graff
Ashlynn Graff
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We have used Sean and his team at Ascend Mortgage for a new purchase and two refinances. I am a former real estate agent and have worked with many different mortgage companies. Ascend Mortgage is by far the best! The rate is always the lowest I can find. They are extremely responsive and transparent. I get weekly updates from them that shows me my current house value and neighborhood trends. They contact me when I can save money on my mortgage and get a better rate without pestering me. They are just all around great people. Thank you Sean, Ben and Maria!
Dan Lupo
Dan Lupo
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I primarily worked with Ben Daiek and Sean Chamberlain at Ascend Mortgage and they made this process quick, easy and understandable. It was painless and way less intimidating than I thought it would be. They got me a great rate and there’s nothing more that I could ask for or that I would change about my experience.
CoMi ProVa
CoMi ProVa
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Ascend mortgage has been amazing, thanks to them we were able to get an amazing rate, the communication was consistent and extremely pleasant and we were able to buy our dream house in a crazy market. Thank you Ascend team, you are awesome!
Greg Tony
Greg Tony
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We had a great experience working with both Sean and Ben! The team is very responsive and they were able to answer all of our questions.
Caitlin Wysocki
Caitlin Wysocki
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Ascend Mortgage made the process of buying my first home so easy! Sean, Maria, and Ben were extremely helpful and I’m so glad we chose their team. Sean sends personalized videos in all his emails which makes it so easy to communicate. They were all very invested in our home-buying process and it truly felt that they cared about us. They were always available any time I had questions and I would recommend them to anyone I know buying a house.
Kelli Joubran
Kelli Joubran
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Sean, Ben, and Maria made the financing process of buying my new home so easy! Their professionalism, knowledge, responsiveness...5 stars! I'd recommend Ascend mortgage without hesitation.
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