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Negotiating with Your Lender on a Home Mortgage

Nov 1, 2007
If you've made the decision to purchase a home in the Tampa Bay area, high on your list of important considerations is finding a home mortgage loan with the best possible terms. One of the reasons that some people are able to get a good deal on a home mortgage loan is that they have learned how to be effective in negotiating some of the terms and conditions associated with the home mortgage loan, they have learned how to be effective in negotiating the terms and conditions of a loan with a home mortgage lender.

Of course, there are some aspects of a loan that will not necessarily be open to negotiation with the lender. However, there are some elements that can be negotiated and that can result in you have a better chance of obtaining a home mortgage loan for a lesser cost.

What you need to remember upfront is that the competition amongst home mortgage lenders remains intense at this point in time even after the record number of foreclosures being filed over the course of the past year. (In fact, competition between lenders for qualified borrowers actually has increased as a result of the fact there have been a significant amount of foreclosures having been filed in the past year.)

With this in mind, you may be able to make some headway in negotiating interest rates with mortgage lenders. Of course, there are definite limitations when it comes to what a lender can do when it comes to interest rates. However, if you do have good credit, you will be able to take advantage of getting some better interest rates when it comes to a home mortgage loan. And, over time, even a slight decrease in the interest rate can amount to a significant savings to you.

In addition, beyond the interest rate attached to a loan, you can also negotiate costs and other fees associated with a new loan. Therefore, you need to be prepared and positioned to negotiate these types of costs, fees and charges. Keep in mind that many borrowers have saved a great deal of money by negotiating with lenders over these charges.

Of course, before you even find a home mortgage loan lender to negotiate financing with, you will want to do your homework. You need to understand that there can be some noticeable differences between what different lenders will charge when it comes to interest, costs and fees associated with a home mortgage loan. By doing your homework, by researching the marketplace, you will be able to identify those lenders that will offer you the best terms when it comes to a home loan.
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Lance Mohr is your Tampa real estate expert, with over 10 years of experience and 15 years of investing. Please visit our Tampa Real Estate website and add our Tampa real estate blog to your favorites section of your browser.
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