Shopping for Mortgage Rates

Searching for the right mortgage lender and terms can be an arduous process filled with questions and options. Most people aren’t inherently equipped with the knowledge required to navigate the road to mortgage approval. Applicants need to ask the right questions to an experienced mortgage professional.

Some of the common questions borrowers ask revolve around credit profiles, types of mortgages and what are some of the hidden costs and fees.

Credit Profiles

Most applicants focus on their credit score, thinking it will help determine the loan amount. In fact, an entire credit profile could impact an application, which includes payment history, debt load, and unpaid debts.  This profile helps paint a clear portrait of the applicant’s financial history and situation. If the profile is strong it can reassure the lender that a borrower can handle the loan.

Credit scores do matter to lenders but it is not the only aspect that can determine a mortgage approval or rejection. 

Different Types of Mortgages

There are a lot of different types of mortgages and it can get a bit confusing for first-time borrowers or even the seasoned pros.

Mortgage types include but are not limited to:

  • Traditional mortgages (20% down payment, loan-to-value ratio)
  • High-ratio mortgages
  • Fixed rate mortgages
  • Variable rate mortgages
  • Convertible mortgages
  • Open mortgages

Each mortgage has its own stipulations and terms so sit down with a mortgage specialist to determine which is best for your situation.

Costs and Fees

Mortgages contain a lot of fine print which can balloon the cost of your home. One of the costs is insurance that the borrower must purchase if their down payment is less than 20%. Other costs include taxes, processing fees (usually $200-300), lawyer fees and interest adjustment.

Borrowers need to be aware of all the costs and fees and make sure they are covered in their budget.

The best way to approach a mortgage application is carefully, thoroughly and with knowledge. Contact us to learn more about your mortgage options. We can walk you through the entire process and answer all your questions.


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