Two Tips for Getting The Best Mortgage

When potential and current property holders are surveyed on their mortgage knowledge, the results typically uncover that numerous homebuyers don't have the foggiest idea about the responses to straightforward inquiries regarding mortgages.

Mortgage rates are still at historically low levels heading into 2016. With these rates, home ownership has never been more feasible. Low mortgage rates are just one aspect of choosing a lender, but finding the best rates is the first step in whittling your list. I can personally attest to the fact that the home buying process is nerve-racking, but can be very worth it in the end.

Finding the best mortgage

Tip # 1: Compare Rates & Mortgage Terms

When you locate the home you had always wanted, odds are your agent will guide you to certain preferred lenders that he or she has worked with some time recently. This is actually a step you should take very early in the buying process. Get qualified and get informed first. Securing a home loan is a confusing process, especially in case you're a first-time buyer. The interest rate isn't all that matters and you have to look around for the best terms as well. We can put you in touch with the right lending professionals to assess your situation and get you started on the right track as it relates to your mortgage needs.

Tip #2: Polish your financial assessment

Keeping your credit fit as a fiddle is fundamental, particularly in case you're applying for a standard mortgage. The higher your score, the better your interest rate and the more choices you'll have.

You will go through what amounts to a mini-application process (paperwork, credit check, etc.) prior to shopping for a house. Pre-approval is more effective than pre-qualification, which only gives you a rough idea of the amount a lender will lend you—assuming no hang-ups in the credit and income checking process. When you are pre-approved, it's like carrying around a suitcase full of money. In the eyes of the seller, pre-approval makes you a very desirable “cash” buyer. That's a real advantage over another buyer whose financing is uncertain.