Tips for How to Get a New Home Mortgage
Understanding home mortgages and equity loans can be difficult. But Parade of Homes has the answers and resources below to help you with all of your new housing financing questions.
- Here’s a great new article from US News covering basic terms a first-time buyer needs to know.
- A variety of resources about Mortgages for Home Buyers and Homeowners from the US Government: View Now
- Resources from Freddie Mac: View Now
- Loan Shopping Worksheet from the US Government.
- Resources from the Federal Trade Commission: View Now
- Resources from www.thetruthaboutmortgage.com website: View Now
- Mortgage Calculators from Wells Fargo
And here are a number of great articles from The Mortgage Report
- Guide to buying a home for the Millennials
- Information for those worried they can’t get a loan due to student debt
- Down payment information
Home Mortgage Financing is Available and Still at Great Rates in the Twin Cities and Minnesota
While home mortgage rates have moved up and down incrementally during the past several years, they’re still well below the average interest rates of the past, and about a quarter of what they were during the peak in the 1980s.
But, can you get mortgage financing? The answer is yes. Fixed-rate (30-year, 15-year, etc.), ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages), jumbo loans, even down payment assistance programs are available for qualified buyers. Lenders have returned to the more traditional methods of qualifying buyers (you won’t be able to get a loan just on your good looks any longer), but with a little effort, you’ll be assured you can meet your mortgage obligations.
Find a Mortgage Lender First
Don’t wait until you have found the perfect home, talk to a lender first. You’ll be able to get a clear understanding of the loan options available, and even more importantly, know how much home you can afford.
Begin your search process early to give yourself time to discover and address any issues before your closing date. Do your due diligence to determine which lender will best meet your financial needs.
And before you choose your lender, make sure to ask for a Lending Estimate, which itemizes all charges and costs associated with your loan. This document lets you compare lenders’ costs quickly and easily.
Once you have decided which lender and loan program is best for you, seek mortgage approval.
Recommendations for buyers:
- Live within your comfort level. You don’t have to go for the biggest loan amount you are approved for.
- Read and understand your mortgage documents. If anything is unclear, ask your lender for clarification.
- Be prepared for closing and work with your lender. Provide requested documentation in a timely manner and stay in touch with your lender before closing.
- Never feel pressured into signing any document you don’t understand or feel uncomfortable about.
Your new home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. It will provide comfort and shelter, and become the backdrop for precious memories for you and your family. So make sure you take the time to ensure you’ve selected the right financing and the right lender for you. For a list of professional lenders just click on the Products/Services search button on our home page and choose “mortgages.”