Buying a home doesn’t start with the house – it starts with the home loan. I cannot tell you how important it is for Buyers to LOAN SHOP BEFORE they house shop! It is a task only the Buyer can do. Your Realtor cannot apply for home loans for you. It is a LOT OF WORK! Ask anyone who recently brought a home, you will be scanning and rescanning documents till you’re blue in the face. I find many people shy from the responsibility which will only make their journey into homeownership much more difficult. In our Silicon Valley Market – Time is of the Essence. I say this because it is also a term in our legally binding contract – not just a sediment of our breakneck speed.
So when I read this article, I knew I had to share it. So here you go…
What You Need to Know before Shopping for a Mortgage
Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make. The best ways to ensure that you do not make a mistake that could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars over the term of the loan is to shop around for the best possible mortgage for your circumstances. What should you know before hopping for your loan?
How is your credit?
Whether you get a loan or not is dependent on your personal credit situation. You must have a credit score that will assure you of meeting the lender’s requirements for approval. Also, the rates you are offered for the loan will be a direct result of your credit scores. Therefore, before going mortgage shopping, access your credit reports and scores. Just because your credit is not perfect does not mean you would not qualify for a mortgage. If there are negative entries on your credit reports, make sure that they are accurate. Errors are commonly made and they result in depressed scores. There are laws that govern what and how information is reported on your credit reports. These laws were passed toprotect you. If you do not know how to exercise your consumer rights, there are legitimate Credit Restoration companies who could do this for you (like New You Credit Repair). Look for the NACSO logo on their website to assure yourself that these companies are legitimate.
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Before choosing a mortgage, do a little comparison shopping and get information from several lenders. You should ask for quotes from commercial banks, mortgage companies, and credit unions and compare the rates you receive for the types of mortgages offered. Most people are surprised to find significant differences in the offers they are given.
Make sure you know upfront all of the costs associated with a mortgage. You should ask for specific information concerning:
The goal is to avoid any surprises concerning hidden fees, so never feel as if you are asking too many questions. The more you know the less risk there is you will end up with a mortgage you cannot afford.
It is possible to negotiate a better offer than what you are initially given. If you like things about one mortgage offer and other things about another mortgage offer, let the lenders know what you have been offered and see if they will work with you to get you the exact mortgage you want.
Communication is key in this process. Speak freely with your lender, your Reatlor and yourself. Ask questions. Do the ‘Homework’. The Caton Team has over 25 years combined Silicon Valley Real Estate Experience. We know what it takes! Curious if you can buy – give us a call or email to set up a complimentary evaluation. 650.568.5522 / Info@TheCatonTeam.com
I read this article at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-you-need-know-before-shopping-mortgage-stephen-leifer
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