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Home Buying Tips for California and Illinois

Aug 17, 2007
The Golden State of California is the most populated state in America. At the same time, one of my other favorite places to reside at is Arlington Heights in Illinois. Though these two places are located far apart, there are similarities between them.

Many of the homes in the state of California and in the city of Arlington Heights are the most coveted, though not necessarily the most expensive. Unless you are extremely wealthy, you will undoubtedly require a mortgage in order to buy a home. Shopping around for a mortgage can be confusing, with a host of terms that are unfamiliar to you. Here is a 3 step guide to buying a home in California, Illinois or anywhere else, along with some terms that will help you along the way.

1) In a surging home market, it is a challenge to decide on the kind of house and size that you can afford. The first thing you need to do is find out how much of a mortgage you can afford. This will be a determining factor when you get approved. There are many mortgage calculators on the Internet that you can use to find out how much you can handle.

2) Your next aim should be to find the best mortgage that meets your specific needs. Right now, loans and mortgage companies will compete for your business, so shop around for what suits your needs and lifestyle.

3) Once you have done that, you need to rate shop for mortgages. California and Illinois offer a wide variety of mortgage directories on the Internet where you can find the lowest possible rates published from hundreds of mortgage brokers and companies that are updated every day. After you have found the rate that meets your home loan needs, get in touch with the company.

Useful Terms

Fixed Rate: This means your interest rate will not change for the length of the loan. Given today's economic volatility, this may be a good way to go for you. Fixed rates protect you from rate increases, but if interest rates fall you will be stuck.

Term: This is the length or life of your loan. Thirty years is the industry standard, but many 15 and 20 year terms are available. The shorter the term, the more your monthly payments will be.

Rate Reduction: This will happen if you go for a shorter-term loan. A small rate and a short term will ensure you pay less for your loan than if you borrowed just as much over a longer period.

ARM: An adjustable rate mortgage. Your interest rate will flux with the economy and will be lower than a fixed rate. It may also help you qualify for larger loans or have lower payments. You will generally see a rate cap in your terminology here as well. This means your interest rate cannot exceed a certain amount, and you are safe from extreme market changes.
With the flux of the market place, buying a home is not an easy task, and you should take every aspect into consideration. Knowing these terms in advance will help you a great deal.
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Ajeet Khurana writes about a plethora of topics. He recommends: California Mortgage Loan, California Mortgage Lenders and Arlington Heights Real Estate.
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