The Cost of Your Mortgage Loan
The same care and consideration you give to finding the right house should be applied to your search for the right mortgage lender. For most home-buyers a major determining factor in selecting a lender is the cost of the mortgage loan. But how do you determine the cost of a mortgage loan?
Shopping for a Mortgage Loan
While most buyers concentrate on interest rates, it is best to look at all the costs associated with a mortgage loan. Mortgage loans include the quoted interest rate, points and closing costs.
More than Just Interest
A number of fees are associated with the mortgage loan, including:
Using the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) to Compare Mortgage Loans
The APR was designed to help borrowers understand the relative costs of a mortgage loan. The APR takes into account the various fees associated with the loan, which is why it is often higher than the interest rate. Understand that not all lenders calculate a loan's APR in the same way. That is why this should be only one of the factors used in selecting the best mortgage for you.
Locking-in Interest Rates
Another factor to consider when selecting a lender is whether the lender will lock-in the mortgage's interest rate and points. Click here to learn more about lock-in options.
May I suggest a great and honest lender?
There is a huge difference in loan officers. Some will make your loan process as painless as possible. Others will promise the world, collect up front fees, then decline your loan or change the terms at the last minute, sometimes even costing you your earnest money. The lenders I recommend have EARNED my trust, through many smooth and successful transactions.