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4 Things To Watch Out For Before You Sign That Mortgage

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes time to sign for your mortgage, you need to set aside some of the excitement and take a serious look at the documents you are thinking about committing yourself to for the next 30 or so years. Since it is your money that you will be spending, and since it involves your largest expense, you are the only one that can ensure that your best interests are being looked out for. Here are 4 things that you need to be sure to look out for when you check out the potential mortgage contract.

1. Take Time To Read Your Documents Before You Sign

Like any other document, especially one that is a contract, you want to be an informed consumer. Although the language may be technical, you still want to know what is there. You can best do this by learning all about the way a mortgage works, and the various terms that will apply. Take the time to read it, and be sure to ask the banker or mortgage broker about any questions that you may have. After all, you also want to go home with the confidence that you have indeed received a good deal.

2. Look Beyond The Interest Rate.

Yes, you do want to have a good interest rate; but, no, having a good rate of interest does not guarantee that it is the best mortgage you can get. The truth is that the numbers on a mortgage are interchangeable. That is, if one number is reduced, say the interest rate, it is just as easy to hide the loss there and put it on another number somewhere else in the contract. This is a common practice, and the only way you can tell is to learn the facts of mortgages and understand the terms, as well as what is and is not necessary.

3. Especially Watch Out For The Fees

This is the area of your greatest concern. If there is going to be any added expenses it will be in this area of your mortgage offer. Some fees may actually be open to negotiation, and you can more easily recognize them by being informed. After all, it will not hurt to try, and you can actually come away happy with a negotiated deal.

4. Compare Carefully

When it comes time to consider such a large purchase, you definitely want to shop around for the best offer. You also want to learn about the different mortgage types beforehand because when you apply, it will be for a specific mortgage type. You not only want to compare the different interest rates, and the fees, but you will also want to consider the total amount that is involved. This will allow you to see those deals that are real gems.

Also, in many cases, you can pay off the loan early for real savings. Look for a clause that means you will pay a penalty if you do so. You probably will be better off without this being in your mortgage contract.
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Joe Kenny writes for the Loans Store, offering re-mortgage offers, or view the latest remortgage with bad credit history at NationsFinance.co.uk.
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