Home Purchases

Written by Beth Hrusch
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The purchase of a home is probably the most significant investment the average person will make in his or her lifetime. For most, this transaction is not possible without some kind of financing. Home mortgages are available through a number of sources. A borrower can look at the process as an opportunity to leverage good credit in order to get a good deal on a long-term financial commitment.

Home Ownership and Bank Financing

Today, banks and savings and loans are sharing a significant portion of the mortgage business with mortgage companies and brokers as well as online lenders. Some of these companies specialize in bad credit and bankruptcies while others service FHA, VA and jumbo loans. Many lenders can handle all kinds of loans. Interest rates are often used to attract borrowers, and some lenders will even waive fees and cut closing costs in order to get business.

A borrower should know about all the costs involved in home mortgages. A lender or broker will be able to explain all the terminology and steer the borrower toward a loan that suits the purchase. A first-time home buyer may benefit from a Federally-insured FHA loan, while a higher-income person would not qualify. Variable rates have advantages that should be considered, although most people end up with fixed rate loans.

Ultimately, the purchase of a home will commit the home owner to a long-term debt. Thus, it is important that the initial loan be well-researched so that the best deal is obtained. A mortgage company experienced in many different kinds of loans is a good source of information, or you may want to consider a broker who can connect you to the lender who can meet your needs.

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