Mortgage Information

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Having the facts before you start shopping for a mortgage will help you not only know your options but also help you make a good deal. For example, some people are not aware of the fact that some aspects of home mortgages are negotiable with the lender. Items such as points and fees can add significantly to the cost of your loan, and could become bargaining tools. There are other basic facts that are useful to know.

Know Your Options
There is a loan product or package for every need. Borrowers are no longer necessarily limited to a conventional mortgage, nor are they likely to be turned down if they have less than perfect credit. Mortgage companies want your business, and today they are more willing than ever to work with you to find a financing solution. Online mortgage companies and brokers make the process easy by providing online applications.

First-time home buyers with little or no money down have available to them government-backed programs such as FHA and VA loans. Construction loans come in two basic varieties, giving borrowers a choice based on their needs. Reverse mortgages require no payments for as long as you live in the home. A smart borrower will search for a good rate, then choose a lender who is knowledgeable about many different kinds of loans.

Information about points, fees, rates and how to calculate monthly payments is readily available online and through your local lender. Whether you intend to build, buy used, refinance or develop commercial property, and regardless of your credit situation, you will need to know some basic facts that are common to all loans. An educated borrower will know what to expect during the loan process.


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