Understanding Homes

Finance Matters: How Numbers Affect Your Life

In reality we all deal with numbers in our everyday lives, from simply buying our stuff in the supermarket, a kid’s mathematics homework up to the computation of your mortgage. One of the major decisions people make is getting a mortgage or home equity loan. Finding the best mortgage option is not an easy job so you need to consider several important things before, during and after getting a loan. Bear in mind that mortgage is not a commodity, it is about getting a sound advice and responsive support in the entire processing of loan and not just about the rate.

We love shopping our things online and we even pay bills and do bank transactions, but it is not a safe and reliable place to engage in loan transactions because there are many unreliable websites. But it doesn’t mean that you need to exclude the internet for your searches most especially when it comes to finding rates, calculation of potential loans and getting a sound advice. There are many mortgage lenders not only advertising on newspapers but also online and the several reasons why there are lenders providing higher rates include higher cost structures, more reliable and more service. Avoid dealing with interest-only loans unless you are planning to move in a short period of time, because you are not building up any equity or ownership in your home. It is highly important to find out exactly the amount of the loan, so it is critical to be fully aware of the fees as there are hidden fees which can be negotiated, and you may also use mortgage calculators free online to help you get an estimate. A good mortgage company includes all the fees and interest rates for you, and these fees may include application fee, title search, title insurance, documentation, loan processing fee, appraisal fee, underwriting, credit evaluation, points and escrow fee. There are fees that can be negotiated and they are considered “junk fees” such as amortization schedule fee, appraisal review fee, financing statement fee, document preparation fee, photo inspection fee, warehousing fee, computer fee, credit review fee, administrative fee, overly high notary fees and courier fee.

As compared to banks, the mortgage industry is unregulated and so they don’t play the same rules, and they end up having a different contract at the end. You are not obliged to accept changes in the last minute. You can terminate your loan right there and then. There are several reasons you can terminate a loan such as the loan representative is encouraging you to borrow more than what you need, overstating or understating your income, encouraging you to agree to payments you cannot afford, you’re asked to sign blank documents, and there is no clear communication.