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Home Mortgage Loan - Top 4 Tips to Get Prepared and Ready

Aug 9, 2008
Here are some simple preparations steps that will make the process of obtaining your home mortgage loan go more smoothly and with less chance of missing out on the loan because of missing information.

In order for a home mortgage loan to go smoothly through the process of application, documentation and closing, certain tasks must be accomplished to the satisfaction of the lender. There are a number of these tasks that can and should be completed before even looking for a property that will become a dream house. If you clean up your credit report, as needed, for instance, this process can take several weeks. If you have accomplished this task before your credit is checked by the lender, it will present a much cleaner picture and you loan is more likely to be approved.

Check your credit report

Because many of the qualification points for your home mortgage loan depend upon the credit score or credit history attached to the borrower, it is important to know precisely what entries appear on each of the credit reports from the three major credit reporting agencies--credit bureaus. It has been said that as many as 80% of all credit reports contain inaccuracies at some level. Allow time to receive, review and correct such inaccuracies. It can smooth the processing time on your loan and can save you thousands of dollars over the course of the loan.

Decide how much house you can afford

Before settling on a house or applying for a home mortgage loan, you may want to become pre-qualified. This process will tell you how much you can afford according to the lender, but beyond that, you are the best person to determine how much you should be paying for the home. This will depend upon such features as your career path, where you want to live, whether or not you plan to raise a family, or alternatively how soon your family will be leaving the next. It is always better to be conservative when choosing the size of the house you purchase.

Decide on rates and terms

Before obtaining a home mortgage loan, you should prepare yourself with an understanding of typical interest rates and loan terms so that you are prepared to not only comprehend what the words mean, but realize the dollars and cents costs of your various options. For example, do you want a 15 year loan with monthly payments somewhat higher but a shorter payoff time, or would you be better served with a 30 year loan? Does a fixed rate mortgage work with your budget, or do you need the flexibility of an interest only loan for a time? Do you have the self-discipline to work with a more flexible loan schedule?

Pick a broker

Another project that you will need to complete while getting ready to apply for your home mortgage loan is selecting a loan broker. There is a wide variety in the knowledge and experience base of available loan broker. Of course, you will want select the best credentialed broker at the lowest cost for you. Checking reputation, experience and professional attitude of your short list of brokers can occupy a considerable amount of time.
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