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What You Need to Know before Shopping for a Mortgage

Stephen Leifer - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make.  The best ways to ensure that you do not make a mistake that could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars over the term of the loan is to shop around for the best possible mortgage for your circumstances.  What should you know before hopping for your loan?

 

How is your credit?

 

Whether you get a loan or not is dependent on your personal credit situation.  You must have a credit score that will assure you of meeting the lender’s requirements for approval.  Also, the rates you are offered for the loan will be a direct result of your credit scores.  Therefore, before going mortgage shopping, access your credit reports and scores.  Just because your credit is not perfect does not mean you would not qualify for a mortgage.  If there are negative entries on your credit reports, make sure that they are accurate.  Errors are commonly made and they result in depressed scores.  There are laws that govern what and how information is reported on your credit reports.  These laws were passed to

protect you.  If you do not know how to exercise your consumer rights, there are legitimate Credit Restoration companies who could do this for you (like New You Credit Repair).  Look for the NACSO logo on their website to assure yourself that these companies are legitimate.

Want to know more about getting a mortgage or bettering your credit profile and scores, give us a call!

 

Comparison Shop

 

Before choosing a mortgage, do a little comparison shopping and get information from several lenders.  You should ask for quotes from commercial banks, mortgage companies, and credit unions and compare the rates you receive for the types of mortgages offered.  Most people are surprised to find significant differences in the offers they are given.

 

Clarify Costs

 

Make sure you know upfront all of the costs associated with a mortgage.  You should ask for specific information concerning:

 

  • Rates
  • Points
  • Fees
  • Down Payments
  • Mortgage Insurance
  • Closing Costs

 

The goal is to avoid any surprises concerning hidden fees, so never feel as if you are asking too many questions.  The more you know the less risk there is you will end up with a mortgage you cannot afford.

 

Negotiate

 

It is possible to negotiate a better offer than what you are initially given.  If you like things about one mortgage offer and other things about another mortgage offer, let the lenders know what you have been offered and see if they will work with you to get you the exact mortgage you want.  

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