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1st Home Buyers’ Guide To Choosing The Right Mortgage February 19, 2009

Posted by minnesotarealty in MN Realty.
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Selecting the right mortgage package as a Minnesota first time home buyer can be a confusing process, and working with a mortgage loan officer isn’t always the best way to get the mortgage loan that you can afford. One of the biggest mistakes that first time is to sign on the loan that they qualify for, instead of taking a smaller loan that they can actually afford.

After the loan officer had assessed your qualifications based from your income ratio, evaluate first your readiness in terms of your monthly payment or budget. People who fall into the trap of borrowing the entire loan amount they qualified for may find their monthly budget exhausted and can end up regretful.

Setting your own limits for the loan will help you resist the temptation to just borrow up to the limit that your loan officers offer s and help you stay within a comfortable housing expense range based on your income level. Here are some more tips for selecting the mortgage for your new home purchase:

1. Be informed about the tax benefits. ‘Interest only’ loans are those that allow deducting the entire payment from your taxes on a particular year. There are also other loans with negative amortization that won’t permit deduction of interest from the monthly payment.

2. Think long-term. If you’re planning on staying in the home for 30 years or more, you will be a good candidate for a fixed-interest rate loan. While these types of loans may have a slightly higher interest rate than ARM loans and other loan products, they will protect you from changing market conditions. Still, there are some drawbacks of the fixed interest-rate loan. Barron’s Smart Consumer’s Guide to Home Buying points out that the demands of the escrow account associated with the fixed interest-rate loan may cause your payments to increase.

3. Ask about other home payment options. Flexibility in your mortgage loan’s payment can help you maximize your funds. For instance, there are mortgage loans that allow making extra payments toward the principal balance without worrying about a penalty. You may inquire about this type of loan so that you would not be problematic of your debts in the future.

4. Look for ways to keep payments low. Even when the lender offers you a large loan, consider cutting back on the loan amount so that you can keep the payments within an affordable range. A low interest rate, long loan term, and the ability to make interest-only payments are a few ways to keep payments as low as possible and within your budget range.

5. Avail yourself of mortgage insurance. Not all first time homebuyers have available funds to serve as down payment, though it can create a difference to your monthly payments and loan amount. When you have mortgage insurance, you can have funds for your down payment. In some instances, mortgage insurance can help you apply for an attractive product minus any down payment.

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