Getting a Mortgage
There is a good chance you will be looking at many properties before you find a
home you want to buy. Choosing a mortgage
should be done just as carefully. It
would be a good idea to study and compare interest rates, fees and the flexibility
of a loan before you make any serious decisions.
Try to compare these features and find out what loan best meets your long
and short term needs. All three loan
features will have a great impact on how much a loan will cost and how long it will
take to be paid off.
Whether you are shopping for a first home loan or looking to change an existing
one, the first step is to work out what you need.
Ask yourself questions pertaining to renovations and the upkeep of the property
itself, or is it possible to cut some unnecessary spending to lower the amount you
need to borrow.
For first time buyers saving as much cash as possible for a deposit would be a great
step. Negotiating the purchase price
would also reduce the loan amount.
If you only have the minimum down payment available your choices of loan programs
will be limited to only a few types of mortgages.
The next step would be to find a mortgage lender.
There are a few types of lenders to choose from.
Banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers and mortgage brokers
are the most common lenders. It is
your responsibility to understand which one benefits you and fulfills your financials
Your satisfaction with the mortgage lender will probably depend upon the
relationship that has developed between the mortgage officer or
primary contact of the lender and yourself.
If the lender or officer can’t answer all of your questions to your satisfaction
this might create problems in the future.
If you have confidence in your loan officer and he or she is offering you interest’s
rate and fees reasonable to the marketplace it won’t really matter what financial
institution you are dealing with.
After finding a lender, they will consider many factors in evaluating your loan
application but usually focus on four main areas.
First is income and debt, how much money you make and what other bills you
have to pay will determine whether you can afford to make mortgage payments. Assets
are then taken into consideration to see if you have enough money to cover the cost
of buying a home, then of course credit and the actual property to act as collateral
for the mortgage.
Finding a mortgage is a lot like finding a property.
It is very important to compare and understand the differences between loans
and loan lenders. Ask yourself questions
that will affect the property value and the amount of money you need to borrow. Then choose the right lender that best
meets your future needs and expenses.