Home Mortgage Basics
What Is A Mortgage?
Simply put, a mortgage is a loan secured by real property and paid in installments over a set period of time. The mortgage secures your promise that the money borrowed for your home will be repaid.
1. Mortgage Approval:
In addition to personal qualifying factors, a property must also meet certain standards set by lenders before a borrower can obtain a mortgage loan secured by real estate.
2. Mortgage Payments
On a traditional 30 or 15 years fixed rate mortgage program that involves principal and interest, each payment made divided into two parts:
(We’re not including taxes or homeowners insurance as part of this discussion.)
The first part of the mortgage payment, which is commonly referred to as principal, goes to paying down the initial amount borrowed.
The second part is the “interest” paid for the money borrowed to purchase the property.
The amount paid in interest decreases each month, as the amount paid towards the principal balance increases. This apportioning is referred to as amortization.
Other types of mortgage payments available can include options for paying interest only or a teaser rate.
Either way, it is extremely important to have a solid understanding of the full payment and terms before moving forward with a particular option.
3. Mortgage Programs
4. Closing Costs / Fees
The actual cost of obtaining a mortgage mainly depends on whether or not the borrower is paying points for a lower mortgage rate. In some cases, there are also other loan processing and underwriting fees associated with the the work involved in the transaction.
Either way, a true mortgage professional to be able to fully articulate the long and short-term financial benefits of choosing one loan scenario over another.
Fortunately, there are several consumer protection policies implemented by the government to help borrowers understand their options during the initial mortgage pre-qualification process.
However, please keep in mind that there may be other closing costs not associated with a mortgage or real estate transaction to be aware of.
5. Mortgage Rates
While mortgage interest rates may change several times a day, there are a few market factors you can pay attention to which may impact your final payment.
Whether you’re shopping for the best rate, or trying to determine the difference between the Note Rate and APR, it definitely helps to understand what questions to ask a mortgage lender about your specific loan scenario.
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