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Choosing the Right Mortgage Loan Can Save You Time, Money and Grief

Aug 17, 2007
This article was written to answer many of the most frequently asked questions on this topic. I hope you find all of this information helpful.

When you are getting ready to buy a house, there is no doubt the the mortgage loan is one of the most important factors affecting which house you will purchase. Not too long ago, many thought that a loan was a loan, no matter which one was chosen. But this doesn't hold true today because of the many different kinds of mortgage loans available to the home buyer. So, before choosing a mortgage loan, it is very important to decide which one is right for you.

Finding the right mortgage loan means weighing your options with what you require in a house and your financial picture, both now and in the future. Also, the right mortgage is not just having the lowest interest rate; it's a lot more than that. And this "more than that" will be determined by your individual status. You can get a good picture of your individual status and what kind or mortgage payment you can afford by considering the following questions:

**What does your financial picture look like right now (this includes the money you have coming in, what you have saved, any cash you have on hand, and your debt-to-income ratio)?

**How do you expect your financial picture to change in the coming years?

**How long are you planning to keep your house?

**How do you feel about a changing mortgage rate?

**Do you plan to pay off the loan before you retire?

The answers to these questions will give you a good idea of your financial picture. Now the next step is to decide two key options: mortgage length, and type of interest rate (fixed interest rate or adjustable interest rate).

The length of your mortgage loan can vary, all the way up to 30 years.

If you're trying to decide between a fixed or adjustable interest rate mortagage, be certain you consider the risks involved with an adjustable rate. In other words, if your interest rate changes and your payment goes up later, will you be able to handle it. You may be able to save some money with an adjustable rate over the life of the loan, but a fixed-rate loan gives you the comfort of knowing what to expect because of the rate is locked in.

One useful tool when considering which mortgage loan is right for you is an amortization schedule or and an amortization caluculator. Amortization is figured out before you even buy the loan for your home, and it is apart of the house loan's paperwork during the closing. You can adjust the numbers in the amortization calculator to see if you will able to make monthly payments on the loan amount you want to borrow. You can see why this would be a very useful tool.

Obviously, you will be able to pay off a shorter-term loan faster, but this will mean that your monthly payments will be considerably greater. An extended loan with a rate that is fixed is sought-after because it offers security, and this allows people to create and maintain their budget. It may cost you more over the life of the loan, but you will have more cash on hand when you need it, and you will have a better chance of not defaulting on the mortagage loan if a crisis come up.

Considering the points listed above in this article, you can see that it's important to closely examine your fianacial situation when trying to find the right mortgage loan for you. Ask yourself those questions, use an amortization calculator, and then shop around. If necessary, seek the advice of someone that you know is knowledgable and trustworthy.

We hope you have gotten some good ideas from this article and that you are able to use them.
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