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Home Mortgage Facts For Home Buyers or Exisiting Home Owners

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to getting the house that you have been seeking, or leveraging the equity in your existing home to get the things in life you need, you will find that there are a number of different Home Mortgages designed to meet your credit needs.

Buying a home is one of the largest expenses that most of us cannot incur without applying first for a home loan. Because your home is your kingdom, and your most valuable possession, buying any type of real estate is perhaps the most important decision that any individual will make in his or her lifetime.

A typical mortgage application requires considerable paperwork, including details on your employment record, and the type of house you want to buy in order to determine the loan you need among the different types available, such as Rural Housing Loans, VA Loans, FHA Loans, and so on.

Furthermore, lenders will require exact details of your personal finances, a copy of your latest pay stubs and income tax notice of assessment if you are an employee, or financial statements, if you are self employed. It will obviously be an easier process if you are just renewing an existing mortgage, instead of getting your first one.

For existing real estate owners, home mortgage refinancing can bring additional benefits when home mortgages are obtained under different interest rate schemes, as an example, from an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) to a Fixed-Rate, although that is a decision you should make with great caution, depending on the amount of time you plan on being in your home.

Another important consideration when applying for home loans, is your credit score. A lender can reject your application if you have not established credit yet, or your credit is not good. Even then, Bad Credit Mortgage Loans are available for those who have bad credit, poor credit, damaged credit, or no credit at all, as well as for people with a previous foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other credit report issues. The only problem is that the interest rates will be higher and there may be other requirements, like a longer pay back term, or other restrictions.

Considering all of this, it is better if you try to repair your credit score before applying for a regular home mortgage.

If you want to get a loan for home repairs, for your childrens college tuition, to supplement your retirement income, or for other important reasons, consider getting a home equity loan.

A Home Equity Loan always requires that you own a home, which is used as collateral, to get the money you need. You are granted a loan based on how much equity is available in your existing mortgage. If your mortgage was for two hundred thousand dollars and you have paid off half of that, then your home equity loan would likely be for a maximum of that difference of one hundred thousand dollars, depending also on the current value of your home.

If you are unsure of the benefits of one mortgage loan compared to another, research online at the various financial institution or related websites. For example, at the Fanniemae website, you will find a wealth of information about home mortgages, while the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides excellent information at their site.

Because knowledge is power, taking the time to learn more about home mortgages can make the difference in making your dream home come true, in finding the funds to improve your life situation, or not.
About the Author
Ken Black is the owner of Mortgages 101, a site with information about Home Mortgages .
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