Lenders, Financing and Mortgages- By: Jeff Blackwell
Trying to finance a home can be a confusing process to someone who is new to home buying or home selling. How do you find the best loan? Do you need to pre-qualify? How do you refinance your existing mortgage? What should you tell your buyers when selling your home? These are questions that, if unanswered, could slow down your intended goal.
Finding a loan that fits your home buying needs can be difficult at times for many first time home buyers. It can be difficult to find a company that will give you the mortgage you need at a price you can afford, especially if you have had less-than-perfect credit scores in the past. Lending institutions will usually ask that you be pre-approved for financing before they sit down and discuss a serious mortgage situation with you. The pre-approval process allows them to evaluate if you would be a good candidate for one of their loans, before they spend too much time on your case.
If you are able to get pre-qualified for a mortgage, don't rush into just any deal before you weigh all of your options. Even if you have to take some extra time, be sure to pick the one that is best suited for you. Shop around and find the best interest rates that you can receive based on the market and your current credit situation. You may also want to figure in factors such as how much of a down payment each lending company requests and their particular policies or procedures, to help determine which loan may be best for you.
If you have had your home for a while and feel that it is time for you to refinance, then you may want to begin looking around for a new mortgage. To receive a new loan you will need to go through the same tasks that you did during your first home buying experience. The best time to refinance is if interest rates have dropped significantly or if you have drastically improved your credit scores since you obtained your first mortgage. By refinancing, you will be able to decrease your monthly payments, as well as the total amount paid over the life of the loan.
If you are looking to sell a home, you should get an appraisal on the property so that you will know how much your buyers will need to be pre-approved for before you agree to sell the home to them and stop showing it to other potential prospects. If you skip this step, you could stop showing your home only to find out that those whom you had made a deal with are unable to get the amount of financing they need or any financing at all. This could severely slow down the process of selling your current home to get the financing you need for your new one.
Whether you are home buying, home selling, or just refinancing a current mortgage, knowing the basics of a buyer's home finance options will benefit you during the process. Discovering which loan is right for you and your situation is a key ingredient in being satisfied with your home buying experience. Finding the right loan can be a long and time consuming process but, once it is over, it will be worth all the effort and trouble that you have gone through to be able to move into the home of your dreams.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeff Blackwell is the Designated Broker of Easy Living Solutions Realty a full-service real estate brokerage specializing in mobile homes for sale, park models for sale and manufactured homes for sale in Arizona.