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Bloopers And Blunders While Agreeing On A Mortgage

Nov 8, 2007
Getting a mortgage need not be love at first sight. So do not rush to the first company your come across. At times this might work out well. But there is no substitute for gold ol' leg work and research. Where money is involved, time is of the essence and other factors such as reliability and credibility need to be assessed. Understanding the whole loan process and the paper work involved can become a little too much. But this must be done to protect oneself from getting into incomplete agreements.

If there wasn't enough thought and effort that went into evaluating a mortgage, you might be in for some surprises down the line. All this is because of lack of preparation and awareness. Some of the other common mistakes made by mortgage buyers are:

1. Think of the future - Some mortgage buyers do not plan ahead. They look at loans as an option for ending their current dilemma. If one wishes to invest in real estate, they need to think about what the house will fetch if sold and if they will be able to sell it. All this must be discussed with a banker or a real estate agent before signing on the mortgage agreement.

2. Paper work, paper work, paper work - Some buyers relay solely on oral communication. If they are not in possession of the contract, the companies may cheat them or they will lose out on certain benefits that were discussed during the meetings.

3. How much can you borrow - Buyers assume they will be eligible for any amount of loan from the mortgage company which is not true. And even if they offer you the same, you will end up paying high rate of interest. This will only add to your financial woes. You will have to work towards repaying your debts as well as struggle to meet your interest payments, so one need to think it through before agreeing to the same.

4. Additional costs -- When closing the mortgage deal, buyers have to make some additional payments such as legal fees and taxes. Redemption penalty might also be charged if the loan is cleared before the stipulated time. So that one is not caught entirely unawares, it is best to talk specifically about this with the mortgage company. Additional costs and penalties can be major irritants and are sure to cause you emotional upheaval when you are unable to bear them.
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