Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to Get The Right Mortgage


Whether you're financing your first home or your third investment property, it's important to obtain the right mortgage for your situation. Here is an easy-to-follow guide that will help you navigate the mortgage lending waters and stay afloat while getting the right mortgage for your needs!


Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need

  • An idea of how long you'll be owning the property you're buying
  • Knowledge of your current financial situation
  • Knowledge of your credit score



Step One

Examine your personal financial situation. It is important to know how much you can afford to spend on your housing payment each month. In the case of an investment property, you need to plan for vacant periods. You should be able to make the payment on your income property in addition to your regular monthly obligations.

Step Two

Know your credit score. The most favorable mortgage rates are generally awarded to consumers with a credit score above 680. If your score falls below 680, it is possible you will fall into the sub-prime market. You can still obtain a mortgage, but it will likely be at a higher rate.

Step Three

After you've determined your financial capabilities and your credit score, it's best to start interviewing potential lenders. You may want to consider speaking with a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers generally have access to more products than a mortgage agent who works for a specific lender.

Step Four

Explain to your prospective lender the following things:

* How long you plan to stay in the home you're purchasing if it is a primary residence
* If you're purchasing a primary residence or an investment property
* How much money you're willing to contribute as a down payment
* Whether you're more comfortable making a full payment each month (including principal & interest) or a smaller interest-only payment

Step Five

Once you've provided your prospective lender with this information, they will make mortgage product recommendations to you. Be sure that you understand the options presented to you and don't be afraid to ask questions!

Step Six

Decide on the right mortgage product that you feel meets your needs and proceed with the application process.

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