Money makes the world go round, and a mortgage gives you the power to buy your home. This is a vital step in purchasing your home.
Who do you talk to?
There are hundreds of banks, credit unions and other lenders out there who would love your monthly mortgage payments. Talk to everyone, and don't be money-shy! Talk to your banker, other banks, and people you know. REALTORS® can be very knowledgeable about mortgages and have lots of good advice.
Call a mortgage broker
Mortgage brokers are another great resource. They find low rates for living, and they usually dont get paid unless you sign a mortgae through them, so they are highly motivated to get you the best deal.
Your best mortgage might be the seller's mortgage
Often, you can take over or ' assume ' the seller's mortgage. This is a great idea if the seller is locked into a lower interest rate than you can get right now. Your REALTOR® may have additional information for you.
Mortgage Term: Refers to how long the bank has agreed to lend you the money-typically from six months to five years. At the end of the term, you usually renegotiate a new term.
Amortization: The length of time it will take to pay off the whole mortgage, often as long as 25 years. The longer your amortization, the lower your monthly payments, but the more you will pay in interest over time.
Interest Rates:Interest is the cost of borrowing money, and the interest rate tells you exactly how much. Using the mortgage calculator, check the difference between borrowing $ 100,000 at 6% and at 9% at the same amortization. Surprising? The interest rate not only affects how much you pay, it also affects how much you borrow. Keep searching for the best rate.Good Luck!