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Real Estate Financing - Get The Facts First Before You Commit To A Home Mortgage

Oct 26, 2007
Be sure to take all of your monthly obligations into account such as car payments, credit card payments, personal loan payments or student loan payments, etc. when you're figuring out just what you can afford to pay each month for a house payment. As the real estate market continues to expand and new technology gains ground, widely accepted beliefs that were true just a few months ago may not be true today. You don't want to jump into anything blindly or sign any real estate contract or home mortgage loan contract or any type of contract without completely understanding what you're committing to.

Whenever the economy is flourishing it can lead to inflation which will send the interest rates up. When financing real estate it's important to know that a low FICO credit score doesn't mean that you won't qualify for a home loan or home mortgage. There are many options available for those who have a few bad credit marks on their credit report. Finding the best loan program for your needs depends on a number of factors, including: how long you'll stay in the home, how much money you want to put down and how you'll finance the closing costs.

An adjustable rate mortgage used to be the best choice for homeowners who were purchasing their first home and planned to be in the property for three to five years and who planned to relocate in that period of time. But many people ended up in foreclosure when the subprime lenders started closing their doors or going bankrupt. I would be very cautious and give it much thought before would get an ARM.

Some lenders may impose limits on how much of your down payment can come from borrowing from outside sources. If a loan application isn't approved for the first time, it can always be resubmitted after making some changes such as raising the amount of the down payment.

You want to get an estimate of your real estate financing or home mortgage closing costs from the lender you think you want to go with. And once the lender receives your application, by law, the lender is required to provide his statement to you within three days.

You can check with your CPA or accounting professional, you may be able to deduct the interest you pay on the mortgage loan and some of the financing costs of the home, such as the points on your income tax return. Insiders know that the advertised mortgage rates you find are not always what you'll get from the lender; market fluctuations, economic news or many other reasons can influence the interest rates throughout the day.

If you're having a problem getting a loan or home mortgage you might want to consider a lease-option. A lease-option on the real property will allow you to set a good purchase price now, and then apply a portion of the rent each month toward your eventual down payment, building up equity in the process.
You'll more than likely get a conventional loan with a fixed rate mortgage. A fixed-rate mortgage means the interest rate and principal payments remain the same for the duration of the loan. The property taxes will change though. You may be given a choice whether to pay the taxes in your monthly payment or annually on your own. For an 80% loan you will probably have a choice. With adjustable rate mortgages the initial interest rate is usually lower than with a fixed-rate mortgage and the monthly payment would also be lower, but this has many risks associated with it. You may qualify for an FHA or VA mortgage too, ask your lender.

To sum up you also have to feel comfortable with the amount of the monthly payment on your house or any other real estate. Take your time, study all the home mortgage resources available online and offline and get lots of advice from several mortgage brokers, real estate brokers and other real estate professionals before you do any real estate financing, refinancing or investing.
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