25
May

5 Tips to Prepare you for Your Future Mortgage

The process of purchasing a house and understanding a mortgage can be a challenge, and requires responsibility and careful planning. With the right preparatory steps, however, you can purchase a house while avoid any major stressors. Here are 5 tips to prepare you for your future mortgage.

Pay Off Your Debts
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An important factor in selecting a mortgage involves choosing a lender. Whether it is a bank or a mortgage broker, they will more often than not examine your debt-to-income ratio, which directly affects your credit score. Without a satisfactory credit score, applying for a mortgage is can be very difficult. To avoid this, ensure that your debts are either paid off, or that your income will be enough to prove you can afford your monthly payments in addition to the payments of a mortgage.

Do Your Research
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Part of applying for a mortgage is educating yourself. Before you decide on a mortgage, it is important to research the differences between different potential lenders. For a first time home buyer, it is a wise decision to discuss potential mortgage options with your financial institution as you already have an established relationship with them. Working with a broker, however, will allow you to have access to more options, as they often work with 50 or more potential lenders. Regardless of your decision, it is important to explore your options and do your research beforehand, so that you can find a lender that is best for your lifestyle.

Explore Your Mortgage Options
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First time home buyers should explore their options for mortgages and ensure that they are choosing the type that best suits their financial situation. Exploring and learning the differences between mortgage types; fixed rate and adjustable rate, will help you in your decision about what type is best for you. While fixed rates start with a higher initial payment, they have the security of knowing the monthly payments will not change. In contrast, a flexible mortgage offers a lower initial payment, but has no guarantee that the monthly payments will stay the same.  Depending on your financial situation, one option may be better than the other for you.

Get a Pre-Approval
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Although it is not a mandatory step in finding a suitable mortgage, many financial institutions recommend getting a pre-approval. Taking this step will not only show the lender that you are a motivated buyer but it will also assist you in determining how much you can afford, making the selection process easier for you.

  

Decide on an Amortization Period Suitable for you
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The amortization period is the length of time that you choose to pay off the mortgage loan you owe. Depending on how long your amortization period is, it can affect how much you are expected to pay per month on your mortgage payments. When choosing how long you want to take to pay off your loan, make sure that you choose a length of time that you can afford and that won’t cause any missed payments.

The process of choosing a mortgage can be simple if you are up-to-date on required information, and you select the right one to fit your needs, financial situation, and lifestyle. Following these 5 steps will help you prepare for your future mortgage, and make the process seem less daunting. For more information on how to prepare for your future mortgage, visit the Caliber Homes Blog.