For months now, you have been looking at houses and home brochures and
you have finally found it - the house that's just right. So now, you're feeling
anxious to buy your new home, move in, and get settled. But this is not where
your search ends. You still have one more important task to do and that is
getting a home mortgage.
Contrary to popular belief, getting a home mortgage is quite simple. All
you need in order to make the right decision is to who where to look, what to
look for, and what takes place when you apply for a home mortgage. Knowing what
to expect, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer, may make it easier for
you to get through the process.
Where to Shop
Some people may think that once they have found the house of their
choice, their shopping days are over. Actually, choosing the house is only the
first phase of the whole process. The next step is to find a home mortgage with
payment terms that fit your budget. Thus, where you shop and what to look for
are very important in this stage of home buying.
The first logical place you might want to look for home mortgages is at
the bank where you have your checking or savings account. However, this
shouldn't be the only place you ought to look. There is a wide variety of
lending institutions that offer home mortgage loans, including savings and loan
associations, commercial banks, mutual savings banks, and mortgage companies.
The lesson therefore is never limit yourself to just one option when you can
Home mortgages may vary in features depending on the lending
institution. One way to find the creditor with the most attractively priced
loan is to look in your local newspaper and check to see if it publishes a
shoppers' guide to home mortgage credit. These shoppers' guides are widely
available and may be used to identify the lenders with low rates. However,
basically, the way to find the best loan is to shop around.
What to Look For
When shopping for home mortgage loans, you should have a basic idea on
what to look for in a loan. Keep in mind a few things that would serve as your
eligibility criteria for a home mortgage. For example, what types of loans are
available from a given institution? Does the lender make privately or federally
insured or guaranteed loans? Some mortgage loans may be backed by a federal
agency, such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA loans) or the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA loans). Loans that aren't insured by the
government are called conventional mortgages. The government-insured loans may
be more attractive in terms of low down payment requirements but they may be