Monday, February 19, 2007
What You Should Know about Home Loans
Everyone wants a house for itself. So do you. But how do you do it? What are your options? Well, the most common option is to make a mortgage over the house you will buy. This means that your house will be used as guarantee for the payment of the loan.
But deciding which mortgage supplier to use may be a complicated activity because there are a lot of different mortgage suppliers which are offering all kinds of deals. You should pay attention to the conditions and deals offered by the mortgage suppliers because buying a house is a very important action, maybe the most important financial move of your life. The reason for all this thoroughness is the fact that the rates you would be paying monthly vary from one lender to another and this has a huge impact on your financial situation. You can save a lot of money and you can also finish paying off your loan earlier if you pay attention to the mortgage rates aspect. So do some research before signing the mortgage with a lender.
Here is some information you may find useful whenever shopping around for a mortgage.
For instance, there are two types of mortgage rates: the fixed rate mortgage and the variable rate mortgage. The fixed rate mortgage means that you will pay the same amount of money every month and the interest rate will stay the same, it will not vary. And, of course, you will pay the same monthly repayment for the entire term of the mortgage loan. The fixed rate mortgage is usually used for home loans of 10 to 30 years.
But if you are paying a fixed rate for the first 5 years of your loan, and then you start paying a variable rate, it means you have a variable or adjustable mortgage loan or an ARM.
The thing you should know about ARM is the fact that the monthly rate can change from one month to another upwards or downwards, depending on the level of a certain market index which is usually being used for setting the ARM. The Prime Rate, the LIBOR or the Treasury Index can be the market index used for setting your rate. But this market index varies from one mortgage supplier to another.
The important aspect of this adjustable rate is the fact that the risk of variable interest rates is transferred to you, the borrower. The bank is no longer concerned with fluctuations of the interest rates. This is the reason why this type of mortgage is a bit cheaper than the fixed mortgage rate.
But the advantage offered by this type of mortgage is the fact that you will be saving a lot from getting an ARM instead of a fixed rate mortgage. But this advantage is usually working if you are talking about a short term mortgage of maximum 10 years. So, in the end, the risk of a variable interest rate may seem less dangerous if you can save some money out of it.
Lets talk about the fees the mortgage supplier may charge you for giving home loans. These fees regard the lender insurance of the home loans, the entry and exit fees and the home loans administration fees. The lender may charge you even some closing costs fees. And if a representative is being used to close the deal for home loans, this one will also charge a fee.
The bank will also charge you a fee for the surveyor who is inspecting the property to evaluate it in order to set the mortgage value. But dont worry; this is not a thorough assessment of the house, so the surveyor will not notice all the fault a property may have.
In conclusion, looking for home loans is not an easy thing to do. But doing your homework before going to close the deal for a home loan will save you a lot of troubles later! So assess thoroughly all the mortgage options and chose the home loans which suits you best!