5 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mortgage Company

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Did you know that in the U.S., 71% of people can't afford to buy a home? Are you looking to buy a home, but aren't sure which mortgage company to choose? 

In this article, we'll break down what to look for in a mortgage company. Read on to explore the key factors you'll want to use to pick your dream location with a smart mortgage. 

1. Do They Offer Competitive Rates? 

Before picking a mortgage broker, it's a good idea to look at different lenders and see what fees and rates they offer. This will also help you figure out how competitive the market is. 

Also, take a look at the different loans they offer. What are the interest rates for fixed-rate loans? How about for adjustable-rate mortgages? 

2. Ask Questions 

When choosing a mortgage broker, you can use referrals from family and friends, but also do your own research. It's important to plan out what questions you'll be asking lenders to see if they're the right fit for you. One question you'll want to ask is about closing fees. Another question you might have is how the closing process works. 

3. Pre-Payment 

Pre-payment is when you're able to pay for part of the mortgage principal in advance without a penalty. Find out if your lender allows mortgage pre-payment with no penalties. Many don't allow it since it'll impact how much you pay each month. 

4. Read Reviews 

Head online and check on their website and search engines for reviews. While one review isn't a red flag, if they have many, you may want to steer clear. 

5. Online vs Offline 

What is the process like with the lender as far as on or offline? While some lenders might require you to come into their office, some will allow you to do it online. In the past, mortgage brokers would have you fill out the paperwork in person, but now much of it's online. 

Mortgage Types 

Before choosing a lender, it's important to understand the different types of mortgages out there. For example, an adjustable-rate mortgage is where after a certain period of time of a lower interest rate, it'll change based on the market. This means that your rate isn't predictable. 

Another option is government loans such as VA, FHA, and USDA. They're normally fixed-rate and don't require as large of a down payment. Your credit score can be lower as well. 

A fixed-rate mortgage means that your interest rate is locked in. While the rate might not be as low as an adjustable-rate, it's a safer option. 

Keep in mind that depending on the loan you choose, you might need to pay for pmi (private mortgage insurance). This is when you don't put 20% down when you begin a mortgage. Ensure that your lender speaks with you about your best mortgage option to avoid extra fees. 

Factors To Consider When Picking a Mortgage Company 

Now that you've explored what to consider when picking out a mortgage company, you should be able to pick the right mortgage lender for you. Then you need to get pre-approved and find that home of your dreams!

Would you like to read more news on real estate investing and property management? Visit the Real Estate section of the Bootstrap Business Blog to learn more about choosing a mortgage company and refinancing interest rates.

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