People ask me all the time, “How do I choose the right home loan?” As you may already know, purchasing a home will most likely be the largest purchase of your life. So don’t rush into the loan process unprepared. It is important to understand your credit worthiness as well as your financing options before you make an offer to buy or house, or before you go to refinance your existing mortgage.
The good news is that, these days there is many more mortgage loan products available. I spoke with a respected homeowner, John Allen the other day about his thoughts on financing his first home. John seemed a bit taken back by question, but he paused and considered my questions. Mr. Allen responded, “I was overwhelmed at first with the realtors, home inspections and counter offers…but once I had my financing in place it all fell into place.” John continued, ” I knew how much I qualified for, and then I found the right house, and locked in a great mortgage rate. The realtor and my loan officer took care of the rest.”
Today homebuyers, and homeowners have more options than ever. 80-20 loans that require no money down have become common purchase loans. 100-125% mortgage refinancing has become available for consolidating credit cards and loans. Quite frankly, its a good time finance a home. Meet with your loan officer and discuss your credit, and loan qualifications. You never know when your dream-house falls into your lap. If it does…you better have your financing in place.
Arts’s top 3 loans to watch in 2006 and 2007-
1. Option Arm Mortgage- great loan for increased purchase power
2. 110% Refinance- perfect loan for converting first and second mortgages into one mortgage with no pmi.
3. Home Equity Line of Credit- Anyone interested in buying an investment home should a HELOC at their side.