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Journeying to the Ideal Mortgage

Aug 17, 2007
Before you choose a mortgage loan, be prepared that it won't be easy. The task is further compounded these days by the sheer variety of mortgage options available in the financial markets. What are the factors that you should take into account before you go mortgage shopping?

The simplest mortgage loan is the thirty-year fixed rate mortgage. This removes the danger that may be prevalent in other types of mortgages, by having a fixed term and a fixed rate of interest.

Yet another category of mortgage loans is the one-year adjustable rate mortgage. This type of mortgage is also one of thirty years. But in this case, the rate of interest is subject to annual change based on the index that your loan uses.

Combinations of these two loan types. Some loans fix the rate of interest for periods of three or five years, and then the rate is allowed to change.

There are still other mortgage options that let you choose your mode of payment. So you could pay back the entire amount in one go, or you could make more than a single payment, or even just pay the interest for that month. These mortgage options, if used wisely, will save you a considerable amount of money. However, if for instance, you make a habit of paying only the interest amount, it could spiral into a lot more expense than you had originally bargained for.

So even while looking at the various kinds of mortgages, confirm that you find a mortgage that meets all your specific requirements. When searching for the right mortgage, decide what are the issues that are important to you. Would you prefer a stagnant rate of interest or would you like to avail of market conditions where the rates drop for a while? Are you looking to pay off the loan in one shot or would you rather repay it bit by bit, over a long period of time?

One option is to choose a mortgage that allows you an interest cap so that even if the interest rates are allowed to change, they will never go beyond your reach. If you are a person with an ever-changing income, you could consider taking up an adjustable rate mortgage which gives you the liberty of deciding to pay whatever amount you deem fit at that time. This is a risky option to go for, but is very suitable for a person with an ever-changing income.

There is no dearth of good mortgages in the market. Choose a mortgage that meets all your requirements.
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