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Looking For Handy Hints On Grabbing A Decent Home Loan?

Apr 27, 2008
The following are some basic suggestions concerning getting a good home loan deal:

Any credit cards, charge cards, or 'buy now pay later' cards that you don't need; get rid of them, but keep the oldest one, for the credit history attached to it. Don't be the fool who consolidates their debt only to rack it back up again while they're still paying off their debts. Get your financial house in order before getting a loan on a real one; you'll be offered better terms.

Ensure you pay off your financial products and other outstanding debts as speedily as possible. Use the money saved to pay extra on debts, if available, and stay up to date with financial outgoings, rent and bill payments.

In your research for any financial product it is advisable to review if the lending corporation is a member of the Finance Industry Standards Association (FISA), which follows the confidentiality guidelines set out for this association, and also those home loan providers registered under the Data Protection Act (DPA) who adhere to the letter of the law from the Data Protection Register.

Never borrow more than the minimum that you need! Just a few hundred quid extra could cost you half as much again over the term of your home loan!

Make a list of your income and expenditure. Then forecast your expected monthly or weekly expenses. Once you have a budget, be strict with yourself and stick to it. Try also to save some money for a rainy day as you go along. You will never know what unexpected expenses could arise, so it's better to have a backup stash for financial emergencies.

What rate do you want to pay? If you're paying the standard variable rate, you shouldn't be. There are better deals around. Anyone still paying standard rates for a variable home loan deal should look at other alternatives, as you more than likely will save thousands by simply switching to a lower rate financial product such as Basic or Discount variable home loans. Watch out for basic variable home loans that don't offer flexible features.

Getting a home loan is like buying any other consumer good; those who go the extra mile to find the best deal, or 'think outside the box', can save a lot of money. There's no need to be intimidated by all the jargon, just approach it as you would buying a second-hand car; you don't trust the vendor, and you're looking for signs it's a genuine bargain, rather than a 'pig in a poke'.

TIP: Pay an extra $10 per week or $20 per fortnight on your loan. After all, what is $10 per week? But on your long term outgoings it will save you thousands in interest. You won't miss the money day-to-day, but you will see a big decrease in your repayments over time.
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Niccolo Svengali is a promoter for home loan and company insurance web sites.
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