Home Buying? Check out Your Home Loan Options First!

By: Sameer Panjwani

There are many different types of loans for you to choose from and you should not run out and choose the first company you come across. It’s also important that before you go about finding the home of your dreams, you need to know how much you can afford. It would be best, before you even step out the door to look at a home, to get pre-qualified for a loan. This will let you know just how much you can afford for a home and how much your mortgage payments would come up to.

It would be a shame to find your dream home and then learn you can’t afford to own it.

When comparing loan options, you need to look at the interest rate. If you can afford a large down payment, then this will aid in you getting a lower interest rate. Your interest rate will also be determined in part by your credit score.

You’ll also need to carefully examine the other expenses that may come up as part of the loan package – make sure you account for any hidden costs involved. You should also look at the difference between variable rate and fixed rate mortgages. A fixed rate will never change over the course of your loan while a variable rate will change as the interest rates change. Weigh your options carefully before signing on to a loan.

Make sure that you sign the loan agreement only after you’ve understood all the print and if you don’t, ASK! You do not want any surprises down the road.

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