What you need to do for a home loan
Posted by Nick Niesen on October 29th, 2010
If you plan on getting a home loan there are many things that you should take into account before proceeding. The first thing is the type of home loan that you need.
There are many types of home loans, from which the most common are:
-the fixed rate loan - it is a loan where a fixed interest rate is paid during the life of the loan. This type of home loan usually has a interest rate that is higher than the interest rate of a variable rate home loan
-the variable rate loan - unlike the fixed rate home loan, this loan has an interest rate that varies during the life of the loan
-the home equity loan - this type of home loan should be used if you want to withdraw equity from a home without needing to refinance your original loan. It is easy to get a home equity loan, and they can be either with a fixed rate or with a variable rate.
-the first mortgage loan, is a primary home loan, used at buying a house or a real estate property. There are many programs with first mortgage, and they offer different benefits, lice discounts. The first mortgage home loan can also have a variable or a fixed interest rate.
-the bad credit loan - a home loan for people with bad credit. It usually has an interest rate higher than regular home loans.
Your credit report is very important, because it 'decides' the amount of money that you can borrow. This credit report determines your credit score, which will have a value between 375 and 900. If it is over 650 it is considered excellent, but it's not difficult to get a loan even if you have a bad credit score.
The next step is to choose a home loan, but before accepting one you should know what to look for in a loan:
-mortgage points, some fees that you pay and that lower the interest rate of your home loan
-inspection fees - these are only required for the first mortgages and for homes that are susceptible to disasters(floods,hurricanes)
-loan fees - they are a percent of the mortgage, and you should try to a avoid a lot of lot of loan fees
After you've applied for a home loan you should compare all the loan offers that you've been presented and decide on the one that you feel that best suits your needs, because some of the loans offer high interest rates but favorable terms, and other low rates but high fees.
Remember that if a loan seems too good to be true, chit prances are that it probably is...
So, you've decided on a home loan, now you must apply for it. You can apply at a bank, through a mortgage broker, or online, which is really good way for applying because hundreds of people will se your application and you'll receive an answer in very short time.
Now, you've completed the loan process, and the last thing you'll do is to close the loan.