|Financing Your Home|
Before beginning your property search, consult a mortgage advisor to determine your price range and to procure your pre-approval letter. The pre-approval letter accompanies your offer and assures the seller that you can afford to pay what you are offering. Without a pre-approval letter, a seller may hesitate to choose your offer over another.
Choosing Your Lender
When looking for a mortgage lender, do yourself and your bank account a big favor: Do your homework and shop around. In the end, what you want in a lender is quality, not necessarily the bottom rate. While you're perusing the aisles of mortgage lenders, think of these points:
Fantastic Rates Usually Spell Trouble
Ask the lender for examples of the loan program selected. The examples should show totals of payments, totals of interest rates paid and loan balances after selected lives of the loan. Because there are so many consumer loans on the market and so many different structures of rates and fees, you need an experienced professional to help you determine which the best is for you. They should ask:
. How long do you expect to be in your new home ?
. Do you want to pay off your loan or lower your payments ?
. Is your income fixed, stable or increasing ?
. What the best tax strategy is for your individual situation?
If the loan officer doesn't ask all of the above, that officer most likely doesn't have the experience necessary to furnish you with a professional mortgage consultation.
Regarding discount fees: They are to be prepaid interest charges. The lower the loan fee, the higher the interest rate. A mortgage lender who raises the interest rate can then "pay" your closing costs. Doing so can amount to thousands of dollars, increase your loan amount to more than you need, and, cost you additional thousands in interest over the life of your mortgage. Factor that into any lower rate scenario you are considering.