Do not take a loan on homes you cannot afford.
The buyer will assume an exorbitant financial burden when they cannot put down at least 25% of the total purchase price. Most banks and lenders will only give mortgage loans in these cases if the buyer agrees to PMI (private mortgage insurance) to cover the lender’s financial risks.
Know the mortgage brokers’ strengths.
A mortgage broker gets commission from the lender (bank) off a percentage of the buyer’s mortgage loan. They are best used to secure the loan, and can often wind up giving buyers a better deal on a mortgage than going to a bank’s own salespeople for loan initiation.
Avoid bad mortgage brokers.
Buyers who borrow to pay for their new homes need to be savvy about dealing with brokers, as some of them are unscrupulous. Always make sure you completely understand any loan agreements before signing a contract, as some brokers will trap you into a mortgage without an early termination-meaning you are locked into a regular payment cycle even if you can afford to pay off the full amount of the mortgage loan at once.
Know the advantages of fixed-rate mortgages.
Buyers who want steady, identical monthly payments without any unforeseen rate-hikes in the future (via interest rate changes) might be interested in fixed-rate mortgages. The best time to secure such a loan is when the rates are expected to rise, so that you can lock in a low FRM for the entire duration of your (long) mortgage repayment period.
Know the disadvantages of fixed-rate mortgages.
You’ll be required to make higher initial payments with a fixed-rate mortgage than you would with an adjustable refinance mortgage rates. Also, the fluctuation in the market’s interest rates will have no effect on your monthly payment even if rates lower drastically.
Know the advantages of adjustable-rate mortgages.
ARMs give you a lighter financial burden initially by letting you ease into your monthly mortgage payments with small amounts at first. The rates will also be capped per year, and per the lifetime of the loan, which will limit the amount that monthly ARM payments can increase to. ARMs are very useful for those who plan to only live in a house for a few years, as the lower rates will kick in just when the buyer plans to resell.
Know the disadvantages of adjustable-rate mortgages.
Higher interest rates will dramatically increase your monthly payments for the duration of your ARM. There are many clauses to watch out for with ARMs that can suddenly increase your yearly/lifetime interest rate caps, which is essentially the impetus behind the recent subprime lending economic crisis affecting the entire world.
Pay attention to important factors before signing a contract.
Take into account the future plans you have with the property (whether you plan to stay for decades, or are only going to be living in the home for a few years before moving). Your financial stability is also a factor in the kind of mortgage you need to look at-if you earn a steady salary that is guaranteed you can immediately pay points towards lowering your total interest rather than dragging out payments with more affordable (lower point) payments with a less-stable salary.