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The ABCs of House Purchasing

Aug 18, 2007
It really would be wonderful if we could purchase new homes by simply flashing our credit cards or signing a cheque. But then, as the old saying goes, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Most of us are ill equipped to deal with the skyrocketing prices of the world of real estate. If any of us wants to invest in a new house, we have to avail of mortgage loans of some kind.

So, as soon as we see that dream house of ours, we have to go about looking for a loan provider to give us a mortgage loan that we will be able to afford. This is followed by rounds of mortgage comparisons, talking to lenders, brokers, and people who have already taken mortgages.

However, if you thought this was it, you really need to think again. This certainly is not "it". A mortgage is certainly not a short term commitment. Just as a house is an investment for the future, a mortgage loan is a long term liability. You will now have to spend many years just trying to repay that loan you took. And it is going to hurt when you see large chunks of your salary just getting drained into the house account. But then, it is a commitment, and a liability. Make sure you realize the implications before you even go house hunting.

Then again, if you are thinking that this will be the end of your expenses, you really have another think coming. You are soon going to have to take care of other major expenses that range from education for your children, medical expenses, home renovations, and so on. And it may be likely that you will once again have to look at a loan to finance these needs.

But the good thing is that since you already have a house, you can certainly make use of the equity on it. So the next time that a major expense rears its ugly head, instead of worrying, you should start looking at some home equity loans. So, you will simply be freeing the value of your house that you have already paid for, and you will not have to look at other kinds of personal loans at all.

Then again, if it seems like your current mortgage is simply carrying on forever, you could check out some home mortgage refinance offers. By availing of these offers, you could either shorten the term of your mortgage loan, or you could reduce your monthly interest payment. And to the ears of a person who is fed up of his current mortgage loan, such measures will surely sound like music.
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