Oakland Mortgages

Written by Liza Hartung
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Oakland is a great town in Northern California. It's not far outside of San Francisco. Oakland is home to some of the cutest neighborhoods you have ever seen. In addition, there are many great shopping centers that you will want to spend all day in. However, if you are looking to this city to be your home, you are probably more interested in other aspects of the city such as the schools, crime rate and hospitals.

Oakland's school system meets very high standards, set by the state of California. There are public and private schools, for your personal preference. When you are thinking of moving to Oakland, make sure you take a tour, not only of homes, but of the neighborhoods. Check out local schools and shopping centers. Ask neighbors what they think of the area. Local residents are likely to give you the most honest opinions.

Eventually, you will have to get a mortgage for your home. If this is the first time you are buying a home, you may be eligible for first-time buying discounts. They will vary from area to area, so make sure you ask. When you get a mortgage, you will be hit with a number of fees. These are to be expected. However, you need to make sure you understand each fee so you know you are getting the best deal.

Know Your Fees

You will have such fees as origination fees, underwriting fees, transaction, broker, settlement and closing costs. Before you do anything with your broker, he or she should be able to give you an estimate of the fees. If not, you can find a new broker. If you utilized a website that had competing lenders, this can be relatively easy. In addition, not many people realize that you can negotiate some of these fees. They are not set in stone. First, understand the fees. Then, talk about how flexible they are.


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