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Tips For Finding The Right Mortgage Company

Mar 1, 2008
When shopping around for a mortgage to finance or refinance your home, the options are definitely overwhelming. What seems like a good deal can turn into a nightmare of fees and high interest rates down the road. How do you know who to trust? Here are five tips to help you find the right mortgage company for you.

Tip #1: Understand that there are different types of mortgages. To compare mortgages effectively it helps to understand the following terms:

* Term - A mortgage term is the length of time you have to pay off your loan. It could be anywhere from 10 years to 30 years. Like any loan, the longer you have to pay off your mortgage, the lower your payments will be.

* Rate - This refers to your interest rate, or how much you're paying the bank to borrow money. The interest rate offered to you depends on:
* Your credit score
* How much money you are able to put down
* How much money you make
* The value of the home you're buying.

* Cost - This refers to your closing costs, which generally include your appraisal, recording fees on documents at the registry or deeds, and attorney or notary fees.

Tip #2: Look for a mortgage company with a good reputation. Check their standing with the Better Business Bureau. In addition, you'll likely want an accessible customer service department and a company with a solid reputation in the industry. If you're unsure, then consider another lender. There are too many lenders in the world to settle for one with a questionable reputation.

Tip #3: Look for a lender with competitive rates and terms that meet your needs. If you're only planning on being in your home for ten years or less, you may not want a traditional 30 year mortgage. On the other hand, if you plan on staying put for a long time then an adjustable rate mortgage, where the rate is only guaranteed for a certain amount of time, may not be a good idea.

Tip #4: Always ask about prepayment options. Some mortgage companies actually penalize you for paying off your loan early. The penalty can be charged as a fixed amount or a percentage of your loan. Most reputable lenders do not have this fee; however, it is important to check this out before you sign on the dotted line.

Tip #5: Do your research online. Home equity loans, lines of credit and first and second mortgages can all be researched online. Shopping online can save you time and money, and it will enable you to compare companies much faster than opening up the phone book and making calls.

When shopping for a mortgage it is easy to become confused and overwhelmed. Arm yourself with a bit of education, have a good idea about what your goals are, follow the five tips in this article and you're on your way to a solid financial decision.
About the Author
Eddie Lamb owns LiveMortgageFree.com a website devoted to helping homeowners, first time buyers or tenants. You'll get your own exclusive access to the program and bonuses that will get you on the road to living Mortgage Free and will change the way you view money forever. For more information visit: LiveMortgageFree
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