Your first home purchase will be one of the bigger events of your life. Often, your home purchase is the result of several factors that are both emotional and practical. It’s a commitment to your chosen hometown or to where you grew up if you decided not to relocate. Feeling confident enough to buy a […]
As the Branch Manager of the Jericho office, Stacie is committed to making sure all customers receive excellent service. Serving the best interests of customers with honesty and integrity, she utilizes her years of experience and passion to help people achieve their goals of buying or refinancing a home. With over 20 years of experience in the banking industry, Stacie has extensive training in lending practices. Her skills cover 15 years of experience originating, reviewing, processing and closing residential and business loans. Outside of her Branch Manager and Residential Loan Officer responsibilities, she currently helps run the family business, All Phase Property Maintenance with her husband as office manager. In her spare time, Stacie is involved in several community activities that she embraces with dedication and support. She has donated her time since 2005 as a volunteer with the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (now known as Age Well Vermont), helping senior citizens with their finances when applying for Medicaid and Medicare. She also serves as a Board Member of Dragonheart VT where she spends time year round raising funds to support breast cancer patients and cancer survivors.
Residing in Essex Junction, Stacie lives with her husband Stephan and their three cats and dog Trigger. She enjoys traveling and sewing and spending time with family and friends.
2008- recognized in the Burlington Free Press as Volunteer of the Week- Age Well Vermont
“Stacie goes the extra mile for her customers, always putting their best interest and needs first. Stacie has helped us with our mortgage refinancing several times over the years and always makes the process painless and seem so easy.”- Randy and Kathleen Ferguson, Underhill, VT
Mortgage Loan FAQs
How do I know how much house I can afford?
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. Give us a call, and we can help you determine exactly how much you can afford.
What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan?
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.
How is an index and margin used in an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?
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).
How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me?
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. Union Bank can help you evaluate your choices and help you make the most appropriate decision.
What does my mortgage payment include?
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 & Insurance: Monthly payments are normally made into a special escrow account for items like hazard insurance and property taxes. This feature is sometimes optional, in which case the fees will be paid by you directly to the County Tax Assessor and property insurance company.
How much cash will I need to purchase a home?
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 house