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A Fair Trade Against Property

Nov 8, 2007
When a homeowner is in dire need for funds, the most common option is to mortgage their home. They then pledge their property as a security against money lent to clear the debts. This option is common in the west where people are keen on buying real estate properties and cannot afford to pay the full amount within a short span of time. If you were about to buy a complex product, would you not first try and understand it well? Much in the same way, make sure to understand your mortgage before opting for one.

The mortgage company should be authorized and registered before they start handing out mortgage loans. So, before buying a Mortgage, make sure to check the following issues:

1. If you are getting in bed with a mortgage company, at the very least find out what past customers have to say. You must find out how strong they have been, and what their rate of interest is. Then you must compare the same with other companies to know who the best is. Also, look at how many years the company been in this field. Good credit ratings are another plus as they reassure the person in need of the loan.

2. An informed consumer is an empowered consumer. So make sure you have all the information you need. The duration and the rate of interest applicable will matter. Make sure you divulge information pertaining to the other financial commitments you have and the time you might require to pay back the loan. Also check about penalties for delayed payments, or possible options if you want to repay before time. If a company is able to accommodate your needs and provide the suitable mortgage, they are the right choice for you.

3. The all important paper-work should be something you have seen ahead of time. If the company refuses to sign a contract, they are not reliable or trust worthy, move on to the next company you find. The written document will be legally valid in case either you or the company defaults at a latter date.

4. Penalties -- If you are able to repay the loan before the stipulated time, the mortgager will charge a redemption penalty, so make sure to have that mentioned in the agreement. The devil can indeed be in the fine print. Make sure you are not being taken for a ride.
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