Avoiding Financial Stress

By asking the right questions, and knowing exactly what your needs are, can make finding the right loan that best works for you a bit easier. There are certain approaches that you can take while mortgage shopping that can cost or save you money.

It is still true that better qualifications equate to a lower mortgage interest rate. However, there are mortgages available for almost everyone; it's the interest rates and/or the down payments that vary.

Before speaking with a lender, think about the monthly dollar amount you would feel comfortable with. Then when it's time to discuss and determine what your maximum affordability is with your lender, you'll be prepared to quickly decide on a home price range and the monthly payment that works for you. Do not put yourself in the position where you will have a monthly payment that is beyond your comfort zone just because a property looks and feels like your dream home. In other words, you don't want to be stuck with a monthly mortgage payment your going to regret down the road.  

Do your research on the types of mortgages that are available and find the one that best suits your needs. There are a number of considerations to be made in terms of finding the best mortgage for each individual:

  • What type of market are you in? Are the interest rates falling or rising?
  • Do you want a fixed mortgage rate, where you will always know what your payment is going to be?
  • What are your long-term goals? Do you intend to resell the property? Do you only need the mortgage for a short time?