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Mortgage Loan Terms

Mortgage Loan Terms and More

Things to Know About Mortgage Loans

  1. Get prequalified. This allows you to really enjoy your home search as you remove any doubt that if you find the right home within your prequalified amount, you can buy it. Sources for loans are banks, credit unions, and mortgage brokers. Shop more than one loan provider and let them each know you’re speaking with others; they’ll work harder to get you a better deal.
  2. Marginal or bad credit? Speaking with a lender early (like now) can be of great benefit. Often, with enough time to work with, can help you correct or reduce the impact of poor credit in order to offer you better loan options when you find a home.
  3. Down-Payment. Requirements for down-payments differ between loan options. There are also often down-payment assistance programs available to you. Once again, speaking with a lender early can help give you a better chance at securing assistance if needed.
  4. Closing Costs. There are costs associated with mortgage loans. Often, the seller may help you with these costs if you negotiate them to be included before signing a final contract. If you cannot negotiate all or a portion of these costs in the contract, you will have to come up with those costs out of your own funds.
  5. Points. Some loans have points, which indicates 1% origination fee paid to the lender. Points along with your interest rate equals the yield on your loan made by the lender.
  6. Fixed or Adjustable Mortgage Rates. Your decision on which to pick is influenced by whether interest rates are particularly high or low at the time, as well as how long you plan to own the home.
  7. Two main categories of loans. Conventional loans are available in both fixed and adjustable rates. Government loans include FHA loans which are either fixed or adjustable, and VA loans which are only offered as fixed.
  8. Special programs for low-to-moderate-income homebuyers. These are available through private lenders, as well as state and local housing agencies.
  9. Mortgage Insurance. Always required on low down payment FHA loans, as well as some conventional loans.
  10. Loan Counseling. Many organizations offer loan advice where you can learn more about smart home selections, realtor services, lenders, loans options, home ownership responsibilities, saving ideas for your down payment, and more.

If you’d like to speak with mortgage loan providers that have taken good care of some of our past clients, just ask us. We’d be glad to connect you.